S4 MINI Classic (S4M-C)

Discussion in 'NFC' started by Josh | NFC, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. Josh | NFC

    Josh | NFC Not From Concentrate
    Thread Starter NFC Systems Silver Supporter

    #1 Josh | NFC, Jun 12, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2018
    Updated: November 20th, 2017

    History of the S4 MINI (S4M-C):
    SFF.net Interview
    I introduce the S4 MINI

    Differences between S3 and S4M-C:
    Twitter Link

    LP53 VS NHl9i DELID:

    8700K in a S4M-C THERMAL TESTING:

    Undervolting and tuning a 8700K (and other CPUs) on an ASUS board


    Best 1070s for the S4M-C and how to fit them:

    1080 in a S4M-C:

    How to install a 1080ti in a S4M-C (and the 3D Bezels)
    YouTube instruction video
    Youtube full build video

    How to remove studs from R1 and R2 S4M-C:

    Wrapped S4M-C (Obsolete due to SkySkins)
    My Attempt

    S4M-C Size Compared to other SFF cases:

    "Brickless" 1050ti S4M-C:

    My thoughts on Dust Filters for the S4M-C

  2. Josh | NFC

    Josh | NFC Not From Concentrate
    Thread Starter NFC Systems Silver Supporter

    #2 Josh | NFC, Jun 12, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2015
    Alive and kicking! Man, I have had so many setbacks and battled so many lawyers separating the IP but I have put in the P.O. for the run! I will be showing off the system at PDX LAN in July, and expect to have preorders up by then.

    I'm excited about the invite to this forum so I can share some of my discoveries about the process and learn from others going through similar ordeals. :D

    --------------NFC-SYSTEMS "S4 MINI"--------------------

  3. MJVR1

    MJVR1 SFF Lingo Aficionado

    Noice, Looks beautiful. Can't wait to see what you show off at PDX Lan.
  4. rawr

    rawr SFF Lingo Aficionado

    Hopefully you can generate more interest with this thread! Good luck.

    PS are those spare S3 Minis on ghe back shelf there
  5. veryrarium

    veryrarium Cable-Tie Ninja

    Nice to know S3/S3mini isn't the last of your console PC project.
    One thing that left me confused after watching the video is which DC-DC converter you have in mind that's to be used in S4. At one point you mention a max 19 Amp Dell brick so you have those old 12V ones in mind, then you have a caption indicating 19.5V 10.5 Amp Dell brick. Also you mention this case should handle 380W total TDP from the CPU and the GPU, but I see a mini DC-DC board in the rendering that is of the stick-it-into-the-24pin-socket type, and whether you go with picoPSU, picobox Z-series, or some other obscure mini DC-DC board that you can find from China, I don't think any of those mini DC-DC boards have enough 12V line, at least based on their rated max and peak amps. If you go with the HD Plex 250W one or picobox X3/X7, you would need a space somewhere inside the case to mount it in that I don't see in the rendering in case you use a dual slot "ITX" GPU like Sapphire's R9 285 that you mention.
  6. PlayfulPhoenix

    PlayfulPhoenix Just another human
    Site Staff Chimera Industries SFFLAB

    Very thoughtfully made. The wrap-around brushed aluminum facade, in particular, is brilliant.

    Will be following this! Look forward to updates :D
  7. Josh | NFC

    Josh | NFC Not From Concentrate
    Thread Starter NFC Systems Silver Supporter

    Thanks for the comments! Veryrarium, I don't think at this time I will be selling PSUs, but maybe accessories (wiring, connectors) and providing links and resources for choosing your own small format PSU. The chassis will actually fit a HD-Plex PSU in the front under the power button aperture for 19v solutions, or if the end user prefers they can go with a PICO solution. I have actually tested mini-box's PSU up to 260w constant @12v. You need to upgrade the cabling to 15 AWG, but it takes it like a champ. I am going to be making a video of how to do this.

    In the end, I just want to help out fellow enthusiasts who are looking for the compromises and design that the S4 offers. I already have one business that is my "job." XD
  8. rawr

    rawr SFF Lingo Aficionado

    Which power brick would be able to supply the 260W?
  9. veryrarium

    veryrarium Cable-Tie Ninja

    Thanks Josh, I didn't think the HD-Plex one would fit but it's good to know that it does fit.
  10. iFreilicht

    iFreilicht FlexATX Authority

    I like it! But personally, I liked the S3 Elite/Mini a bit more. Having the GPU and CPU coolers intake from one side seems like a more versatile solution in my eyes.
  11. rawr

    rawr SFF Lingo Aficionado

    Yeah, but the custom riser needed for that was pretty expensive.
  12. Josh | NFC

    Josh | NFC Not From Concentrate
    Thread Starter NFC Systems Silver Supporter

    I love the comments and suggestions. I love the S3 Mini and I hope to bring back another run in the future, but since this is my hobby I can really only handle one at a time. The S4 offers more of the features from the S3 Elite without the STUPID high cost of milling out a 2" block of 6061T aluminum :)

    I agree that having the GPU fan and CPU fan on the same plane made cooling easier, but so far I am surprised and satisfied with how the S4 performs in a horizontal orientation. I'm not a fan of feet but I have had a couple comments saying they like how that looks better...going to show that everyone's tastes are different!

    Rawr, I do have a couple S3 Minis in the back that one of my larger customers hasn't used yet...as well as some other prototypes. I'm thinking about using them for a charity but I'm still debating on how to go about it. Also, Meanwell sells a PSU that with some mods supports the 260 watts...and more. I want to make that video this week. :)

    I just finished powdercoating some of the parts. I never have done a green...so I went with a two stage fluorescent candy green over a silver hammertone. It shifts between a neon yellow and fluorescent green in the light. This is just for the show, obviously:

    Scarfy likes this.
  13. rawr

    rawr SFF Lingo Aficionado

    Sweet. Nice photography!
  14. rawr

    rawr SFF Lingo Aficionado

    So I looked at Meanwell's products, and I think this is these are the most powerful desktop ones that they offer:
    There is a 260W brick, but it's 20V, whereas the Pico is 12V. Will the GS280A12-C4P (the 12V 222W brick) be able to handle higher wattages?
  15. confusis

    confusis John Morrison. Writer, Editor, Awesome Person.
    Site Staff SFF Workshop

  16. iFreilicht

    iFreilicht FlexATX Authority

    Oh my god that thing is great! This is perfect for thin mITX + GPU builds!
  17. Aibohphobia

    Aibohphobia aka James
    Chimera Industries

    You're holding out on us Josh, just noticed you have pics on your FB page with it built in :p



    Man that looks good.
  18. Phuncz

    Phuncz Lord of the Boards
    Moderator SFF Purist Gold Supporter

    Nice seeying this come together nicely !
    Cute heatsink on your WiFi card :p
  19. rawr

    rawr SFF Lingo Aficionado

    Which GPU was used in this?

    All I have to work it out from is the IO:
  20. iFreilicht

    iFreilicht FlexATX Authority

    That photography is top-notch. But I'm a bit weary about the SSD position behind the GPU. I know it's a convenient location, but that drive is going to get really hot.