- Oct 28, 2021
HDPLEX 250W PSU - 47mm CPU cooler height - 3 Liters - Signature Densium Design
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October 26th 2022 Update
Haven't updated you in a while, because I've been busy re-designing, making renders and a webpage! It's now available for Pre-order! I've now added some updated pictures to this thread, but there are tons more on the product page. I've also updated the AR link at the top of the thread!
Regarding the features discussed here on the website - I just went ahead and added everything, lol. The case now got Flex-ATX support, HDplex 250 support, 67mm cooler support, LP PCIe support (hdplex PSU only).
Some additional features are: Magnetically attached frontpanel, ventilated back-panel and the beloved USB-C!
Prototype is being manufactured now, but this will be the final iteration - no major changes beyond this point. I'll make 50 units first, unless it sells unexpectedly well, so the production time will be short.
When the prototype arrives I'll firstly validate the design (in all configurations) and test the tolerances ETC.
After validation, I'll take some photographs and more importantly: make an assembly video.
The 67mm CPU cooler support means we'll fit an ID-Cooling IS-55, but with a full thickness fan (25mm), and this is what I'll be using during the assembly!
Also I'll be sourcing an 1-slot LP RX6400 which I'll also be looking to fit inside!
October 4th 2022 Update
Yesterday I recieved the first prototype, and oh my - it's beautiful.
This 1st prototype will be nothing like the final product, as I've decided to increase the size of the case, in return of Flex-ATX PSU and taller CPU coolers.
I've been hard at work in my CAD-program, and have added a lot of new features and improvements. Will post another update with updated renders once it's completely finished.
The prototype pictures shows off the beatiful silver sandblast+anodize finish.
It's hard to capture the true beauty of this finish with a camera, but trust me - It looks better IRL!
After seeing the finish, I'm pretty much sold - we need to go for the anodized finish. Photo NO.4 show the difference between black anodizing and black powdercoating. The anodizing will have a price premium over the powdercoating, but IMO it's definetly worth it.
September 18th 2022 (First Update)
Hello everyone, after improving upon the Densium 4/4+ by releasing the V2, I was happy with the design, and don't feel like there aren't any urgent needs for another iteration. (Doesn't mean minor changes can't be added between batches, I'm still open to suggestions from everyone!)
At the time of ordering the V2, I had designed an APU version of the case, but sadly I did not have the means (money) to follow through at the time. I still really wanted to release an APU case though, but reality is that Densium 4 isn't a very cost effective or user friendly design for an APU case. I was certain there was improvements to be made - and this is what I came up with.
With the release of the long awaited HDPLEX GaN 250W PSU and announcement of Ryzen 7000-Series (All with integrated RDNA2 graphics) - Tiny, powerful and silent APU-builds have never been as easy, viable or relevant as right now. Here are the specs:
|CPU Cooler Height||47mm|
|PSU||HDPLEX GaN 250W [LINK TO PRODUCT]|
|Storage||M.2 SSD only|
|Material||Wood, Aluminum, SGCC*|
|Extra features:||"2-part" Design, Screwless on 5 sides, Dual-Orientation front panel, Use upright or down flat, multiple color options, hole-spacing compatible with common furniture handles.|
For those of you who aren't familiar with the HDPLEX 250W GaN - It's an incredibly small, incredibly efficient, fully modular and fanless PSU. This opens up a whole world of possibilities for SFF. I've recently recieved mine, and oh boy, it's compact - can't wait to try it out.
As I have anticipated the arrival of the HDPLEX 250W, I've got a prototype in production.
The prototype is by no means the absolute final, and I'm still taking suggestions. There are still some key elements still not decided on, and where feedback is appreciated:
Before discussing, I'll name the parts for you so it'll be easier to follow:
The part inside the case, which holds the motherboard and PSU, I'll call for SPINE.
The part that covers the spine (with the holes in) will be called COVER.
The part behind the spine and cover I'll just call the PLATE.
Additionally there are 2 viable orientation for this case, which I will call VERTICAL (Longest side vertical) or HORIZONTAL (Longest side horizontal)
The exterior finish: Have ordered prototypes for the following: Black powdercoated Aluminum, Black sandblasted+anodized aluminum, Silver sandblast+black aluminum. Additionally I have ordered samples for bright-dip anodized black/silver anodizing (Bright-dipping is supposed to give more glossy and vibrant colors, as well as deeper blacks). I've always wondered if the anodized silver will look as good as I imagine it, looking forward to find out.
One concern with anodizing VS powdercoating is the hole cutouts in the cover, as the powdercoating gives the holes a smooth bevel, and anodizing does not. The sandblasting may help in this regard, but this will have to be validated. One additional plus for powdercoating, is the plate can be made of SGCC and mounted with magnets, but anodized aluminum will require screw mounting, adding visible screws in the plate (if using case Vertical).
Front-panel USB: This can always be added, and doesn't require a prototype as the mounting have been tested with the D4. During designing I felt like there wasn't any place the port did not look obstructive. I'm also afraid having the same placement as the D4 (Port vertical, opposite side of power button) will interfere with the power button. Also, this requires the case depth to be increased by 5mm roughly. Personally I don't count it as an essential, but if you disagree, please let me know.
Case feet mounting: If you want support for proper case feet (not adhesive mount) when using the case Horizontally, additional cuts will have to be made, which will be visible when using the case Vertically. Alternatively, I could try to find some case feet with threads, that can be screwed into the Cover mounting holes. A third option is to manufacture an extra part.
Big thanks for your attention, feedback and suggestions are welcome.