Prototyping Update #2 - MJOLNIR | 9.7L Unibody Case with 240 mm AIO Support | THOR ZONE

Discussion in 'Custom Cases & Projects' started by AlexTzone, Oct 14, 2017.

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Which MJOLNIR I are you interested in?

  1. Standard Version - 299 USD

    153 vote(s)
    70.8%
  2. RGB Version (No controller) - 319 USD

    21 vote(s)
    9.7%
  3. RGB Version (With controller) - 349 USD

    42 vote(s)
    19.4%
  1. AlexTzone

    AlexTzone Cable-Tie Ninja
    Thread Starter THOR ZONE

    #1 AlexTzone, Oct 14, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2019
    Hey guys!

    Happy to present our first SFF project: MJOLNIR I 9.7L Unibody mini-ITX Case. My name is Alex and I'm the founder of THOR ZONE, if you have any questions / ideas / feedback just let me know and I'm sure we'll come up with something amazing together :thumb:

    Official Website


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    MJOLNIR I is manufactured using high-precision casting, a rather complicated process that allows us to make something truly unique and solid. You will have the option to choose between 2 different finishes, aluminium or tempered glass side panels as well as programmable RGB lighting. All editions will have fully detachable internal frames, reversible layout, custom dust filters and support for both air coolers and 120 mm AIOs.

    Size and Finishes
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    MJOLNIR I comes in 2 premium finishes: DARK and STEEL. These are achieved by first blasting the cases with tiny glass particles, creating a sparkly matt finish, and later on anodized them to their appropriate color. Apples' space gray is a pretty good approximation of what you'll get with DARK. I hope the 50cl / 33cl cans help you get a good grasp of its tiny size ;)

    Lighting
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    MJOLNIR I RGB Edition comes equipped with a bluetooth controlled, programmable lighting setup capable of 16 million colors. In some cases you may be able to hook up the LED strips directly to your motherboard, given that it has at least one 5V RGB header capable of controlling multiple LEDs.

    Side Panels
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    For top / side panels you can choose to go with either aluminium or tempered glass. If you want good airflow we suggest choosing the aluminium ones, seeing as they are ventilated. However, if you want to show off your epic hardware, tempered glass is a great choice for you. As seen in above pics, air can pass through the 5 mm opening around each glass panel; however, airflow can be further improved by using the included 5 mm standoffs and mounting the glass panels on the outside (adding additional 10 mm between them and the CPU / GPU fans).

    Internal Frame
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    MJOLNIR I features a completely removable internal frame for easy hardware installation, cable routing, cleaning and testing. When you're done, simply insert it back into the unibody enclosure and turn the lock nut (located on the back) 90° counter-clockwise.

    Flip Orientation
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    You can reverse layout by simply flipping the internal frame 180° and inserting it back into the unibody enclosure. This may also increase AIO efficiency since the reservoir will be located above the pump instead of underneath it. To ensure the best cooling performance with the flipped layout we recommend that you mount the bottom dust filter on top instead.

    Air Cooling
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    MJOLNIR I is compatible with 2 x 120 mm fans, one under the PSU and one under the Motherboard. We recommend configuring these fans for intake; effectively cooling off the PSU and VRMs by driving airflow from the bottom of the case out through the top.

    Water Cooling
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    MJOLNIR I is compatible with 1 x 120 mm AIO, we strongly recommend using one if you decide to go with high-TDP CPUs from Intel or AMD. Additionally, you can also use 1 x 120 mm low-profile fan under the Motherboard to cool off the VRMs. It is also possible to set up a custom loop using a pump / block combo.

    Hardware Compatibility

    Graphics Card (GPU)
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    Note: Standard PCIe power connectors with cables add about 22 mm (0.86") of height to your GPU, a solution might be to use GPUs with recessed power connectors or buy low-profile PCIe power connectors from electronics vendors.

    AIO
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    Note: Only compatible with SFX PSUs

    CPU Cooler
    Max height: 53mm (2.1")

    Case Fans
    2 x 120 mm fans
    Max height – Under the PSU: 55mm (2.2")
    Max height – Under MOBO: 15mm (0.6")
    Note: Case fans over 25mm (1.0") in height are only compatible with SFX PSUs

    Motherboard (MOBO)
    mini-ITX

    RAM
    Max height: 57mm (2.3")

    Power Supply (PSU)
    SFX or SFX-L

    Storage Drives
    2.5" Standard
    Max height: 7mm (0.28") or 15mm (0.6")
    Max number: 2 x 7mm (0.28") or 1 x 15mm (0.6")

    MJOLNIR I Dimensions, Volume and Weight

    Dimensions
    354mm (13.9") x 209mm (8.2") x 131mm (5.1")

    Volume
    9.7 liters

    Weight – With Aluminium Panels
    3.9 kg

    Weight – With Glass Panels
    3.0 kg


    THOR ZONE

    We're a Swedish tech startup with an ambition to push the limits of tech design and quality. Initial product lineup:
    • MJOLNIR I - 9.7L Unibody mini-ITX Case
    • THOR I - Water Cooled eGPU (If you are interested in THOR I, subscribe to our release list.)
    The Team
    • Emil Blomkvist - KTH Royal Institute of Technology - PHD
    • Adam Brinkman - Chalmers University of Technology - Master's degree
    • Johan Larsson Hörkén - Chalmers University of Technology - Master's degree
    • Oscar Öhlin - LTU Luleå University of Technology - Master's degree
    • Måns Lögdlund - LiU Linköpings Universitet - Master's degree
    • Denize Forsman - GU School of Business, Economics and Law - Master's degree
    • Alexander Baranov - GU School of Business, Economics and Law - Master's degree *I'm far more a tech guy than an economist*

    This project is the result of many minds working together across multiple platforms such as the SFF-forum, Reddit, Sweclockers, Overclockers UK, PCPartPicker, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We're truly grateful for all your support!

    Cheers,
    Alex
     
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  2. Choidebu

    Choidebu King of Cable Management

    Impressive. The scandinavians are invading!! Is the copper heatsinks included? I have an impression that they're going to be expensive..
     
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  3. blubblob

    blubblob Average Stuffer

    You are hitting all the right buzzwords, but to be honest at the moment both cases look somewhere between uneconomical and impossible to fabricate.

    The Thor seems to have a complex inner structure that would probably require welding in addition to an immensely thick seamless (extruded?) outer shell, not to mention the custom PSU and radiators. This makes me wonder if you have at any point in your design phase at least talked to an engineer about feasibility?
    Just because it can be modeled with a few clicks does not mean it can be physically produced just as easily.

    So my suggestion to you would probably to get engineering help, fabricate a physical prototype or at least rework the design to be at least reasonable to produce before talking about in which colors the case will be available.
     
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  4. AlexTzone

    AlexTzone Cable-Tie Ninja
    Thread Starter THOR ZONE

    #4 AlexTzone, Oct 14, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2017
    Thank you for the feedback, really appreciate it. These cases will be more expensive to produce than a typically PC chassi, but we still want to do it for the people who want something really special and one of a kind. Chassis for both THOR I and MJOLNIR I will be made using a production method called investment casting (or precision casting), so no welding is necessary fortunately.

    The PSU:s for THOR I & THOR I Pro will not be custom, it's standard flex-ATX from FSP Group USA.

    We have several engineers working on this project
    • Emil Blomkvist - Royal Technical School - PHD
    • Adam Brinkman - Chalmers University of Technology - Master's degree
    • Johan Larsson Hörkén - Chalmers University of Technology - Master's degree
    • Oscar Öhlin - Luleå Technical School - Master's degree
    • Måns Lögdlund - Linköpings Universitet - Master's degree
    • Rasmus Claesson - Chalmers University of Technology - Bachelor's degree
    Additionally we have 2 economists
    • Denize Forsman - Högskolan Väst - Bachelor's degree
    • Alexander Baranov - Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law - Master's degree (woho that's me, although I'm far more a tech guy than an economist)

    We are working on the prototype right now; our aim is to:
    • 3D print it
    • Use the 3D print to create an investment cast part in actual aluminum
    Have a nice weekend and thank you for the feedback,
    Alexander
     
  5. AlexTzone

    AlexTzone Cable-Tie Ninja
    Thread Starter THOR ZONE

    #5 AlexTzone, Oct 14, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2017
    Thanks a lot for liking our project :) Yes the heatsinks for THOR I Pro will be included (THOR I - Standard version will rely only on GPU stock cooling while the Pro has the option for water cooling). The cases will be more expensive than an average premium PC Chassi, but we aim to create something very special.

    Have a nice weekend,
    Alexander
     
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  6. Kmpkt

    Kmpkt Innovation through Miniaturization
    Gold Supporter KMPKT

    #6 Kmpkt, Oct 14, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2017
    Looks great!
     
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  7. Biowarejak

    Biowarejak Maker of Awesome | User 1615
    Silver Supporter

    I mean yes it looks nice but it sounds like its going to be too rich for my blood. Also seems like it might be a PITA to build in. Good luck though, hopefully you'll prove me wrong :)
     
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  8. Phuncz

    Phuncz Lord of the Boards
    Moderator Gold Supporter SFF Purist

    Interesting design, I am looking forward to the prototype and a exploratory video on it.
     
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  9. AlexTzone

    AlexTzone Cable-Tie Ninja
    Thread Starter THOR ZONE

    #9 AlexTzone, Oct 15, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 16, 2017
    Thank you very much, we really appreciate it :)

    We are very happy that you like how it looks, because we will be able to produce them cheaper when/if our company gets bigger (economies of scale) and thus offer lower prices to consumers :) Right now, we estimate the price to be in the region of 199-299 USD for the standard MJOLNIR I version and 349 USD for the RGB version.

    We think that our internal design will make it rather easy to build in, we will unveil how it looks as soon as the website is ready.

    Thank you very much Phuncz, we'll keep everybody updated on the progress in this thread :)
     
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  10. AleksandarK

    AleksandarK SFFer
    Moderator Mini-ITX.com

    Hello another Alexander,

    I really like the case. I hope you have a sucsessful campain.

    What is that copper heatsink? Is it something custom? Does it include a fan? Who is the manufacturer of it?

    Sorry for many questions, but i am curious.:):):)
     
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  11. AlexTzone

    AlexTzone Cable-Tie Ninja
    Thread Starter THOR ZONE

    #11 AlexTzone, Oct 15, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 16, 2017
    Thank you very much Aleksandar :) The copper heatsinks are part of THOR I (eGPU) and are not part of the MJOLNIR I project.

    No problem at all, we'll gladly answer!

    With so many 5050RGB LED strips out there we need to find something premium for THOR I / MJOLNIR I. Any suggestions? :)

    Alexander
     
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  12. drunker

    drunker Trash Compacter

    Whether a RBG strips is premium or not, there is just not much different between them. They are just a series of led light bulbs chain together. I am assuming you want to look premium. This means that the RGB lighting need to spread out evenly. Lighting strips alone is not going to do that. You need to put something like rough surface aqualic on top of the RGB strips to allow the light particle diffuse evenly. In terms of RGB strip itself, you just need to find something that's reliable, won't degrade at different rate individually over time and sync properly.

    These are just my suggestions and I am very excited to see the finish product. Good luck!!
     
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  13. AlexTzone

    AlexTzone Cable-Tie Ninja
    Thread Starter THOR ZONE

    What an amazing answer, thank you very much! With that guidance we’re sure that we’ll find great lighting products for MJOLNIR I (and THOR I)

    Best regards,
    Alexander
     
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  14. Phuncz

    Phuncz Lord of the Boards
    Moderator Gold Supporter SFF Purist

  15. Jonny727272

    Jonny727272 Airflow Optimizer

    The Thor looks incredible! It's such a simple but elegant design to use the chassis as one big heatsink and then have fans mounted around it. The watercooled design looks insane and I definitely want to see it in real life. I hope to see the Kickstarter up soon!
     
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  16. AlexTzone

    AlexTzone Cable-Tie Ninja
    Thread Starter THOR ZONE

  17. AlexTzone

    AlexTzone Cable-Tie Ninja
    Thread Starter THOR ZONE

    Thank you very much for the appreciation and encouraging words, we look forward to make both THOR I and MJOLNIR I a reality :)
     
  18. AlexTzone

    AlexTzone Cable-Tie Ninja
    Thread Starter THOR ZONE

    #18 AlexTzone, Oct 21, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2017
    Hello everybody!

    We are getting ready to start with the first MJOLNIR I prototype and need to get our hands on some C14 snap-in inlets to (very low-profile) angled C13 (not the ones you typically find on Ebay), please see the picture below:

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    We have found a perfect C14 snap-in inlet, but that low-profile C13 proves to be quite a challenge. Any idéas where we get our hands on those?

    We don't want to stall the prototype progress, so we'll 3D print the casing for the angled C13 according to the picture above (as a temporary solution, and only for the prototype).

    Alexander
     
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  19. rfarmer

    rfarmer King of Cable Management
    Silver Supporter

    You might try and message @Necere from Ncase, they use the same type of cables for the M1.
     
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  20. Colinreay

    Colinreay Cable-Tie Ninja
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    Here you go! Cheap and work - I bought 10 of them a few months ago to test them out.
     
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