DAN untitled frame

thelaughingman

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Jul 14, 2018
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(InWin did it on ATX)
I think this design is a good start for a winner, something new and fairly unique. Yes, the render does brings to mind the In-Win S-Frame and the small top panel to hide the PSU chamber is a nice touch indeed.

Personally I'm using an open case right now but I want that 360 radiator compatibility whilst this case is clearly air-cooling only so will just be lurking for funsies.
 

tinyitx

Shrink Ray Wielder
Jan 25, 2018
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So, it was 'vertical is the main feature while horizontal is the optional position' and now it is reversed to 'horizontal is the default while vertical is the optional position'?

Personally, I am not in favour of this as I much prefer a vertical frame (with IO at bottom, of course) for its smaller footprint. And I believe this is the way to go in the future.

Also, I have reservation about an 'enclosed' PSU chamber. It is good to hide cables inside. But I might go in the direction of fanless, my next PSU could well be a passive one, which I would like it to be exposed for convection as well as visual impact. The current design just sucks as far as having a passive PSU sitting inside there.
 

dondan

Shrink Ray Wielder
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Feb 23, 2015
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@tinyitx: If I would flip the case and make a I/O zone at the bottom it will lost its nice balanced look. Having the PSU under the motherboard is the key for this.

Furthermore for bottom I/O the height needs to be increased by 60mm this will change the look of this product a lot.

A second option would be to move the gpu on the right side of the board and facing the I/O to the bottom. This will keep the nice look but would require a 350mm long riser cable. This will increase the price a lot. My only solution to keep the nice look while beeing better priced is the last idea.

This case is designed to fit with high end parts so a passive PSU is not an option.
 
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Mackan

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Jun 2, 2016
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@dondan

Instead of a frame style chassis, I think a slim vertical non-sandwhich case like the P-ATX case would be more interesting to see, in a collaboration with Lian Li. Using the same material and finish as seen in Dan A4. I find this layout superior, especially when it also allows for ATX motherboards to fit. You get a nice separation of components and a radiator that allows for blow through from one side to another, without leaving warm air in the chassis.

This is not a discredit towards P-ATX. I own it myself, and I am very happy with it. But I also own the Dan A4, and I would like to see the Lian Li take on it, materials and manufacturing, etc. Would it be possible, or just a dream?
 

XNine

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Jan 11, 2022
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I like it, but would want it a few liters bigger to accommodate at least a 240 rad somewhere. I don't aircool.
 

danny.nguyen

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Sep 19, 2018
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I like it but one problem is the dust collecting form the top. Maybe need to put sort of shroud on top of that case. Just a suggestion.