I second the idea of having some sort of Front/Side I/O, I think at the very least there should be a couple of USB Type A ports, (bonus if you could fit Type C and/or audio too). Since the case will be elevated and the bottom part is already gonna be used for cables, why not include cutouts there? (like the same approach you did with the USB ports on the P-ATX.
Secondly, it looks like the elevated 'feet' portion is currently totally closed off. Maybe would be a good idea to include some cutouts so you can take in air from the bottom (otherwise the only place for the air to enter is through the hole at the back which is probably going to get pretty restrictive with all the cables coming in/out of there)
Thank you for your feedback
I am still considering some IO but I is not that simple due to the case construction, it would provide some challenges and I expet most people will use some kind of usb hub with bottom IO case.
Bottom intake is fine as is it now, case is fairly elevated so there are 6cm of space for bottom fan to draw air from and I can see it on cpu temps which are same as with open bench. Any perforation on the outer shell would negatively impact the design of this case.
neat looking case. I'm curious what the thermal impact would be with a 3080/3090 fe or blower card, and if it's significant if it could be mitigated by putting something between the gpu bracket and fan. I know you're already looking at a different venting pattern for the top--are you also looking to change the back (gpu intake)?
would you also expect this case to fall into the <11 pound shipping bracket (same as p-atx v2)?
I would suggest against using blower cards with this case, it can support large 3slot monster gpu's so there is really no need to go for small 2slot blower. FE cards should work fine, they will warm up cpu a bit though. No, gpu intake is fine as is, not a bottleneck and exhaust should be less restrictive than intake to optimize pressure in the case. But you can also easily remove the rear panel if you'd like, you won't even see it
This case will be lighter than current P-ATX so yeah, same shipping bracket.
I noticed that with the Ghost S1 I had, the size and pattern of the holes were a lot more restrictive than first glance. But sounds like an easy fix by modifying the vent pattern?
I also think the size is fine given the huge benefit of being able to fit a D15 cooler accompanied by the massive fans. I'm looking for SFF cases that allow for a D15 since a U9 and C14 don't quite match the performance of a 240mm AIO in an Ncase M1, but a D15 would.
Yeah I already have alternative top panel made, just waiting for it to be painted so I can test it.
I agree, footprint is king imho.