King of Cable Management
- Oct 11, 2017
I had just begun putting holes in that version of the S700 and hadn't gotten around to placing things like other fan mounts on it. Above the motherboard, there is room to place 3 x 80mm fans and that is what I was planning on doing before my latest change to the design. I'm still not sure which one I'm going to go with ultimately, but I'll need to sell the S402 units in order to generate the development cash to make the S700 whichever one I decide to make.In terms of surface area I think a 360mm radiator is slightly ahead of a 280 (all else being equal of course, in reality fin density and arrangement really comes into play).
As for the revised arrangement compared to the S700 prototype, I didn't really like it at first but I think it's starting to grow on me. My personal preference for this would be to have a 360mm radiator at the front rather than a 280mm. I think the narrower size should leave a bit extra room on the front of the case, potentially allowing a front IO panel? I know a lot of SFF cases eschews any front IO at all in the name of making the front panel clean and aesthetically uncluttered, but I really appreciate the utility of having easily accessible USB ports (even more relevant in a slightly bigger case like this, shifting a heavy watercooled rig around just so I can reach the ports on the back is a bit tedious).
I have a few suggestions/criticism of the latest batch of renders, mainly to do with the top panel, right now the whole of the top panel is a flat blank sheet. I don't think the rear of the case has enough clearance for an exhaust fan like conventional tower cases, so without anywhere for the heat to go, I think the motherboard VRMs will cook themselves slowly. Some perforations will be really helpful here I think (perhaps a bracket to fit a slim 120mm fan sucking air in from the side panel and blowing it straight towards the CPU socket? Or maybe the whole motherboard could be moved vertically downward enough for a couple of 80 or 92mm fans to fit at the top, extracting hot air and blow it out of the top panel (it seems like there's some wiggle room there since the motherboard is a ways away from the bottom floor of the case)
There's a decent amount of empty space directly above where the graphics card is mounted right now, is there enough room for another single-slot PCIe mount? Could potentially be useful for a high speed NIC card or something like that (or a sound card or capture card or something like that)
I'm going to make some early renders of the newer design I've not show yet and post them here. I think it would be good to give an idea about what I'm trying to accomplish with this newer approach - even if it is not finished (including vent holes, mainboard/PSU/PCIe cutouts, button holes, etc.).
Edit: I also want to add that your idea of supporting an additional PCIe device is a good one, but adding the mounting hardware to do so might be expensive and it would limit the width of the two lower devices. I may see if there is another way I can cram support in for a third device, but I may want to locate it somewhere else. On the renders below, it could be made to fit between the reservoir and the PSU but the riser cable will be something else to consider.