NCASE M1 V6 info

Necere

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Not sure if this has already been discussed but if you were to remove, not only the front IO but also the bracket that mounts said IO would you be able to fit a triple slot GPU up to 320mm in length?
Yes, but the height is limited to 119mm over 304mm in the bottom slot. You'd have to cut away part of the frame to allow any more than that.

Consequently is it possible to rotate the front panel 180 degrees to get the opening for the IO at the top of the case instead?
Yes, but it sits lower by 1.5mm in the flipped orientation, so it doesn't line up perfectly with the sides.
 

smitty2k1

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Is there an ETA on vented side panel restock? I just ordered the new front panel I/O module for my M1 v1 and looking to update the side panel while I'm at it.

Was hoping to also get an RTX 3080, but, well...
 

Necere

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Hey, do your shop accept every mastercard? My was declined.
Yes. I don't know why your card was declined, though. Your card might be triggering either your bank's or or our payment processor's fraud detection, or there's a problem with the payment method. There's a few things you can try:

1. Cards that require a PIN number (most debit cards) cannot be used.
2. Make sure your billing address matches the address attached to the card.
3. Make sure the billing and shipping addresses are the same, and that both are correct.
4. Contact your bank to tell them to authorize the transaction.
5. Try a different card.
 

Maik04

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Thanks for the help! The most understandable reason for the rejection of my card is, that my bank is blocking transactions into foreign countries (im from Germany). I will contact my bank to unlock or authorize transactions into the usa.
 

Theai

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Seems like the Video cards are getting bigger and the standard is becoming 3 slots and > 300mm . will you consider making some changes to this case or release a new one that will accommodate the upcoming new generations 3 slots and > 300mm length?
 
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FAQ

Q: When/where can I order the M1 V6.1?


A: M1 V6.1 may be ordered directly from ncases.com.

See the Ordering and Shipping tabs on the M1 product page for any other order-related questions you may have.


Q: What other parts will be available?

A: Panel kits, top panels with ODD slot, and front I/O kits are available now. Other parts are TBD.


Q: Will there be a window option?

A: Currently planned as a separate item available through w360mod.


Q: Will x fit?

A: See the specs towards the end of this post. Also see the GPU compatibility list.


Q: Which parts are backward compatible?

A: The following parts from V6 are backward compatible with older versions:
  • Exterior panels
  • Front I/O bracket w/ports
  • Side fan bracket
  • 3.5"/2.5" and ODD drive brackets
  • Motherboard tray



M1 V6 User Manual - see end of this post



M1 V6 changelog

V6.1

Chassis
-Adjusted front SFX mount position
-Adjusted 2.5" mounting holes
-Adjusted 2.5" drive SATA connector cutouts
-Added threaded standoffs to fan bracket mounting holes

Front I/O
-New punch tooling for smoother edges

SFX bracket
-Added/modified flanges to mitigate possible PSU movement

ODD bracket
-Adjusted 2.5" drive mount screw holes for improved stacking bracket support
-Added chassis mounted 2.5" drive screw access holes
-Adjusted aux chassis 2.5" drive screw access holes

Parts box
-Removed 120mm fan filters
-Fan grille count changed to 2
-Adjusted screw counts

Power cable
-Changed to right angle


V6

Front I/O
-Added USB Type C port (requires motherboard 20 pin Key A header, see list)
-Changed headphone and mic ports to single combo jack
-All ports use new molds
-Redesigned I/O bracket with swappable no-I/O faceplate (ports can be removed for cleaner look/slightly better 2.2+ slot GPU compatibility)

Chassis
-Redesigned ventilation holes on bottom and rear to improve airflow
-Added longer fan mounting slots on the bottom
-Bottom vents moved to separate steel floor plate attached to underside of chassis
-Added bottom magnetic dust filter
-Threaded inserts on PCI bracket
-Added M4 screw holes for window mounting to chassis
-Front-right chassis flange reduced, SFX PSU can now be installed from the right side
-Reduced rear-left chassis flange to facilitate GPU installation
-Enlarged chassis front GPU passthrough to facilitate GPU installation and provide more room for oversized GPUs
-Removed four panel mounting clips from side flanges to reduce incidence of oversized GPU conflicts
-Changed front 2.5" drive mounting to use screws instead of rubber grommets to save space/reduce complexity
-Integrated fan bracket mount into chassis flanges
-Added inside-front mounting for SFX PSU
-Added Kensington slot to rear

Fan bracket
-Added more and longer 120mm fan mounting slots for greater range of mounting

Motherboard tray
-Changed to removable standoffs

ODD bracket
-Redesigned to single piece, now supports 9.5mm and 12.7mm ODD drives

HDD cage
-Redesigned to two pieces, now supports 2x 3.5" drives *or* 3x 2.5" drives; now allows mounting to inside front 2.5" mount (3x 2.5" configuration only)

Top panel
-Changed to 2mm thick

Side panels
-Extended ventilated area adjacent to GPU

Other
-New 15mm tall molded rubber feet
-New adjustable GPU support bracket (adjustable for 2-2.5 slot cards)

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Full Specs

Volume
  • 12.7L
External Dimensions
  • Including feet & protrusions: 338 x 160.6 x 255.5mm
  • Excluding feet & protrusions: 328 x 160.6 x 241.7mm
Materials
  • Exterior panels: brushed anodized aluminum, 1.5mm front and sides, 2mm top panel
  • Interior frame: 1.5mm matte black painted aluminum
  • Interior fan bracket and vented undercarriage: 1.2mm black steel
Front I/O
  • Power button with dual-color LED backlight (power on/HDD access)
  • Two USB Type A ports (to 19 pin USB header)
  • One USB Type C port (to 20 pin Key A header - see list of compatible boards)
  • One 3.5mm headphone/mic combo jack (to HD Audio header)
  • Blank no-I/O face plate included
Motherboard Support
  • Mini-ITX, Mini-DTX
CPU Cooler Support
  • Maximum height: 130mm with side fan bracket installed, 135mm without
  • CPU Heatsinks must not extend past the top edge of the motherboard by more than 10mm.
  • CPU Heatsinks that extend beyond the front edge of the motherboard may interfere with the 3.5" HDD cage and/or power supply (in the default right-side mounting location).
Graphics Card Support
  • Cards up to 280mm long (up to 290mm with front I/O ports removed):
    • Height: up to 140mm at mid-card, 130mm at rear corner
    • Thickness: up to 3 slots (60mm)
  • Cards over 280mm long:
    • Height: up to 140mm at mid-card, 130mm at rear corner, 125mm at front corner
    • Thickness: up to 2.2 slots (45mm)
  • Note on height limits: please allow 15-20mm for PCIe power connectors
  • Also see GPU compatibility list
Drive Support
  • Optical Disc Drive (requires optional top panel with ODD slot)
    • ODD bracket supports slim slot-loading optical drives in 9.5mm or 12.7mm sizes
    • Alternatively, bracket may be used for a single 2.5" drive (up to 14mm thick)
  • 2x 3.5" HDDs supported via removable brackets attached to the fan bracket (uses up one side 120mm fan location)
    • Alternatively, brackets can support 3x 2.5" drives (up to 15.5mm thick)
  • 1x 2.5" drive mount on inside-front of chassis (any thickness); also supports mounting of the HDD brackets in 3x 2.5" drive configuration in place of a single 2.5" drive
Fan Support
  • Side (fan bracket): 2x 120mm
  • Bottom: 2x 120mm
  • Rear: 1x 92mm
Liquid Cooling Support
  • 1x 240 radiator or up to 2x 120 radiators are supported on the side fan bracket
  • Radiators less than 35mm thick are recommended
  • 1x 240 or 2x 120 radiators precludes use of the HDD brackets attached to the fan bracket
Power Supply
  • SFX, SFX-L
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Thank you I just ordered one with the ODD top plate! Going to replace my Sentry 2.0 as my main rig while the sentry transitions to my TV console box. I have a request for an update to the top ODD panel. I cannot for the life of me find a slot loading UHD blu ray drive yet I can find many that are tray loading. Is it possible to create a top piece that accommodates the tray loading design? Thank you for this case it is amazing!!!
 

Qrash

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Thank you I just ordered one with the ODD top plate! Going to replace my Sentry 2.0 as my main rig while the sentry transitions to my TV console box. I have a request for an update to the top ODD panel. I cannot for the life of me find a slot loading UHD blu ray drive yet I can find many that are tray loading. Is it possible to create a top piece that accommodates the tray loading design? Thank you for this case it is amazing!!!
Slot-loading blu-ray drives have always been fairly scarce and expensive. I did a search on eBay for "blu-ray internal slot drive" and found bare drives from $70 (US) and higher. These are listed as New and "Buy it Now", and yes many ship from China. You did not say if you want a blu-ray writer (burner) drive or one that is read-only. Blu-ray read-only drives that are also DVD writers are often listed as "BD Combo" drives. A Blu-ray read-only drive will be less costly than a blu-ray writer.

Another option is to buy a USB external drive and disassemble it to extract the optical drive from the shell or case. These drives are often available at local business supply stores like Staples. Of course, the drive would work fine as an external optical drive using its USB connection, but unless you are unlucky, the drives inside are usually standard bare drives. You will not need a bezel for the front of the drive since it will not be visible underneath the M1 top and front panels. Just be careful taking the shell off so that the drive inside is not damaged.

The important thing is to make sure the drive you get has Slimline SATA connectors. This is the standard SATA data connector, but with a narrower power connector. You will likely need a Slimline SATA to SATA adapter since most power supplies do not come with a Slimline SATA power plug or adapter. In some instances, the drives inside external USB optical drive shells have a non-standard power and data connector. Good luck!
 

Dustbunnyck

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Slot-loading blu-ray drives have always been fairly scarce and expensive. I did a search on eBay for "blu-ray internal slot drive" and found bare drives from $70 (US) and higher. These are listed as New and "Buy it Now", and yes many ship from China. You did not say if you want a blu-ray writer (burner) drive or one that is read-only. Blu-ray read-only drives that are also DVD writers are often listed as "BD Combo" drives. A Blu-ray read-only drive will be less costly than a blu-ray writer.

Another option is to buy a USB external drive and disassemble it to extract the optical drive from the shell or case. These drives are often available at local business supply stores like Staples. Of course, the drive would work fine as an external optical drive using its USB connection, but unless you are unlucky, the drives inside are usually standard bare drives. You will not need a bezel for the front of the drive since it will not be visible underneath the M1 top and front panels. Just be careful taking the shell off so that the drive inside is not damaged.

The important thing is to make sure the drive you get has Slimline SATA connectors. This is the standard SATA data connector, but with a narrower power connector. You will likely need a Slimline SATA to SATA adapter since most power supplies do not come with a Slimline SATA power plug or adapter. In some instances, the drives inside external USB optical drive shells have a non-standard power and data connector. Good luck!
Yeah I am specifically looking for UHD (4k Blu Ray) capable drives. None that are slot loading exist currently. I am considering the external one but I need to see inside Pioneer makes some but can be pricey.
 

heidy

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Jun 9, 2020
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Hello.
Will the M1 Power Cable ever be restocked? It'd help for those of us who bought the original V6 with the included cable that's oriented the other way.
Thanks for your time.
 

SunnyHere

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Jul 24, 2019
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Hello @Necere ,I have a NCASE v6.0 and like it. Recently I'm trying to stack two SSDs behind the front panel (at the Optic Drive Position) but only finding it interferes with the front panel. Is there a solution for this? Can I acquire/purchase a ODD bracket v6.1 to solve this? Thanks.
 

Amonchakai

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Check the manual on the front page, you can stack two SSD on the other side of the front panel (next to the PSU)
 

Qrash

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Hello @Necere ,I have a NCASE v6.0 and like it. Recently I'm trying to stack two SSDs behind the front panel (at the Optic Drive Position) but only finding it interferes with the front panel. Is there a solution for this? Can I acquire/purchase a ODD bracket v6.1 to solve this? Thanks.
The M1 V6 User Manual does not show two stacked 2.5 inch drives mounted to the front of the chassis behind the front panel. For earlier revisions of the M1 case, this was possible using the 2.5 inch stacking drive brackets so long as both drives were 7 mm thick and you used the set of holes on the brackets that are have the closest spacing. Perhaps this is no longer possible with the V6 and V6.1. The V6 user manual shows 2 stacked 2.5 inch drives on the inside surface of the front of the chassis.

Note, attaching the SATA power and data cables to two drives stacked in this way can be tricky for some power supply and data cables, depending on how the connectors are shaped or attached to their cables. There's not a lot of space for 2 sets of power and data connections:
  • Some people used a SATA power splitter that has the two SATA power connectors attached in-line with ends of the split cable.
  • Some people rotated one of the two drives so that the two sets of power and data connectors were at opposite ends of the stacked assembly. This way, the cable connections for one drive did not interfere with the connections of the other drive.
 

Necere

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Hello @Necere ,I have a NCASE v6.0 and like it. Recently I'm trying to stack two SSDs behind the front panel (at the Optic Drive Position) but only finding it interferes with the front panel. Is there a solution for this? Can I acquire/purchase a ODD bracket v6.1 to solve this? Thanks.
We don't have the V6.1 ODD bracket available for purchase separately. However, I believe you may still be able to stack a pair of drives on the V6.0 ODD bracket if you use a stacking bracket on only one side of the stack.

The M1 V6 User Manual does not show two stacked 2.5 inch drives mounted to the front of the chassis behind the front panel. For earlier revisions of the M1 case, this was possible using the 2.5 inch stacking drive brackets so long as both drives were 7 mm thick and you used the set of holes on the brackets that are have the closest spacing. Perhaps this is no longer possible with the V6 and V6.1. The V6 user manual shows 2 stacked 2.5 inch drives on the inside surface of the front of the chassis.
It does show a drive mounted to the ODD bracket though, and yes it's still possible to stack two 7mm thick drives there.
 

electric65

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NCase M1 V5 owner here - are there any revisions coming down the pipe in the next ~6 months? Thinking of upgrading, but scared of getting burned on a new revision coming out after (especially if it helps fit these monster RTX 30 series)
 
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smitty2k1

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NCase M1 V5 owner here - are there any revisions coming down the pipe in the next ~6 months? Thinking of upgrading, but scared of getting burned on a new revision coming out after (especially if it helps fit these monster RTX 30 series)
What are you trying to upgrade? I'm on a v1 case and just ordered the new front panel for USB-C and will get a new vented side panel when back in stock. Much less expensive.
 

electric65

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What are you trying to upgrade? I'm on a v1 case and just ordered the new front panel for USB-C and will get a new vented side panel when back in stock. Much less expensive.
I haven't upgraded my V5 case at all since buying it, so would be looking to get x2 dust filters, taller feet, GPU support bracket, new front I/O for USB-C, x2 of the new vented side panels... Puts me around $150 total, so figured what's another $60 to get all of it together in one package + the other frame improvements like increased room for larger GPUs, increased ventilation in bottom + rear, and increased flexibility in component mounting.
 
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