Your zotac 1060 gets so much hotter than my aero itx 1060. Idk if it's because you're running 1440p but even with your panels off you're still about 15 degrees hotter than mine ever gets. But I think the zotacs heatsink itself is to blame for that. I'll have to do some thermal testing once I get my mod mini to know for sure. Similar profile so temps should be close to the same at least. Mines in a pretty open environment currently so that may be the culprit
It could probably help with aesthetics too, it looks really blank since all the panels are basically a solid color and solid panel itd give it something to break everything upYeah the Zotac heatsink and fan are terrible.... Sounds like a jet engine too... I want to swap out the cooler for an EVGA 960 SC cooler since the board layout is nearly identical (and since 1060s are hard to come by at MSRP right now) but I have been unable to find one...
I think I am going to add "slots" on all 4 corners of the side panels. This shouldn't increase the cost of laser cutting to much and should help trapped hot air escape from the top of the case.
I think the biggest problem with that is the choice in material thickness from ponoko. They don't carry their specially acrylics in 4.5mm I mean I guess you could do a different material but you're at the risk of price.Another thing to consider is basically having some kind of texturing on the panels, matte is fine for some, but others might prefer sanded, really anything to break up the monotony of the panel
I think the biggest problem with that is the choice in material thickness from ponoko. They don't carry their specially acrylics in 4.5mm I mean I guess you could do a different material but you're at the risk of price.
You should look into doing some threaded Inserts for your holes as well. Would give the case some much needed support in the long run and longetivity
I'm not saying for you to do them. I'm talking as maybe an option for people that may usually an easy diyers task soldering iron and insert and doneThe problem with threaded inserts is that It would require assembly before shipping. I want to stay away from batch orders so I am trying to get everything designed in such a way that it can be shipped directly from shapeways/ponoko to the buyer. I have not used threaded inserts for both case prototypes and have not had an issue with stripped holes or loose screws as of yet.
Interesting project, looking for something like that.
There are some questions i have.
What height of cooler you have now? I see noctua fan, but not clearly understand what heatsink you use.
Zalman CNPS2X had the same temperature as your actual heatesink+noctua or it was worse?
You should counter sink the screws. Would look much neater
I'm glad you decided to add more material for inserts makes this case a well rounded performer in my eyes also gives people the chance that if they do need up stripping threads to make new ones with insertsWell I have been using the case for the past few days for heavy gaming sessions and synthetic load tests and I am happy to report that temperatures are great! The top vents significantly decreased the GPU temperatures and made a noticeable difference to the CPU temps. Removing other panels did not provide a noticeable difference in temperatures so vents will only be added to the top panel at this time.
The 3D printed parts have also been updated to include extra material around screw locations. This will allow for inserts for those that wish to add them.
Now comes the verification process for the updated files through both ponoko and shapeways. Once the new files have been verified I will be updating the OP with links to purchase the parts from ponoko and shapeways as well as information on the hardware (screws) required for the case.