Master of Cramming
- Jun 29, 2016
from left to right: V1, V2, V5
As promised, a very high level history about the case and its revisions:
V1 - The initial version of the case was designed to be as small as possible. It revolved around air cooling only and supported 3 x 92mm fans at the front, low profile ram and cpu coolers. To minimise size I also orignally went with a 1U PSU. While the case performed well, there was room for improvement. The case started to grow.
V2 introduced some drastic changes. The larger size allowed for 240mm AIO support and a redesigned front I/O, more hdd options and SLI flex bridges could now be run behind the GPU's instead of the front, increasing the aesthetic of the case.
During thermal testing I identified issues where hot air would get trapped around the back top part of the case and that would raise the temp of the PSU greatly, making the PSU run louder. I took a drill to the back of the case and it was clear what needed to be done, vents needed to be place above the GPU's I/O brackets.
V3 which was sent to Linus for review was simply V2 with included vents above GPUs.
V4 included SFX PSU support as a result of 1U PSU's being difficult to cutomize and cable. There was never a prototype made of this revision.
V5 changed the front I/O to be all keystone connectors. This is the final version of the case in co-operation with Protocase. Further enhancements will be made by the manufacturer.