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Production Velka series cases for ultra compact and portable desktops. 3 - 7 L

VELKASE Michael

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Discontinued cases
VELKA M: an expandable open frame mini ITX case that can be used with optional wire mesh when used un-expanded.

Out of stock.

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178 x 97 x 233 mm (3.9 L without mesh, 4.0 L with mesh)
Weight: 0.43kg - 0.54 kg (0.9 - 1.2 lb)
Material: 1.5 mm brushed and anodized aluminum front panel, 1.5 mm anodized aluminum body and frame, stainless steel mesh side panels
Button: 16 mm mechanical button included
Graphics card: Dual slot, 175 mm long by default, longer with extensions. 250 mm riser needed (300 mm if using LiHeat) to use a graphics card. A riser with 108 mm spacing between mounting holes such as LiHeat 300 mm D type is recommended but not required.
PSU: standard Flex ATX 150 mm long
CPU cooler: 38 mm
Intakes: 80% open area, filtered
Case fans: 2x slim 80 mm fans, up to 15 mm thick (not included)
Storage: M.2, space for 2.5" drive (no hard mount)

Available colors: anodized matte black

Case fans: 2x VELKASE Ultra Slim 80 x 10 mm PWM fans OR 2x Cooler Master Sleeve Bearing 80 x 15 mm Silent Fan
Riser: Liheat 300 mm D type
CPU cooler: Noctua L9i/a
PSU: FSP Group Flex ATX 400W / 500W Gold power supply / SilverStone SST-FX350-G
Storage: any M.2 SSD

Forget pre-ordering, forget crowdfunding, forget power bricks, and forget lugging around a huge desktop computer. The Velka M is available now and it lets you create a high performance system that is both smaller and lighter than a 4K console.

The goal of this case is two-fold
  • Achieve maximum performance per unit volume
  • Maintain reasonable noise levels
The case consists of two L shaped pieces and an S shaped motherboard tray in the middle. It can be completely disassembled. Installation of components is mostly tool-less; a screwdriver is needed for only 4 screws.

Support for chassis fans and a dual slot graphics card can make your PC very powerful and well-ventilated for its size. The included mesh mounts magnetically, provides dust filtration, and is significantly less airflow restrictive than perforated sheet metal.

This case supports 175 mm dual slot graphics cards such as the Gigabyte Mini GTX 1060-1080 and RTX 2070. For longer graphics cards, you can order stackable extensions with your case to increase maximum length by 16 mm per set of extensions. These extensions are inserted between the screws and threaded inserts where the panels meet, so installation is straightforward. The case maintains its structural integrity even when several are used. Alternatively, you can make an APU build and have the option to add a graphics card later on.

-Higher space efficiency: In the 4.0 L configured Velka M, you get fully filtered high airflow intakes, support for an internal power supply, dual slot graphics card, and chassis fans. Cases of a similar size do not support exhaust fans.
-Cooling on par with open air: During testing with an R7 1700 overclocked to 3.7 Ghz and a GTX 1080, the CPU ran only 1 degree warmer than on an open air test bench and the GPU ran only 2 degrees warmer than in the open air test bench.
-Easier transition from larger form factors: You can use a long graphics card in this case by getting some extensions until you downsize the graphics card.
-Flexible orientation: You can lay it on its side, let it stand upright for best performance, or upside down to hide the fans. 12 optional rubber feet are included.
-Quality: Full aluminum construction with a macbook-like feel and PEM inserts are only found on far more expensive cases. Quality assessment done in United States before shipping.
-Support: Building in a small case can be tricky, but you are provided with online user manual to make the process as easy as possible. If you run into any issues, you can contact me on any day.
-Availability: It's already shipping!


Up-to-date shipping information, user manual, and gallery can be found on the order form here
USA buyers may also purchase on eBay: case riser fan

Using the order form is recommended to have more customization options.

Why use mesh?
-lower noise
-higher airflow

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FAQ:
No. The mesh is only 178 mm long, which covers the non-extended case. It is still long enough to cover the intakes if positioned properly with 1 set of extensions. It is recommended to use the case without the mesh if using more than one set of extensions.

Extended mesh may become available if there is enough demand for it. If that happens, it will be possible to cut it to the size that you need manually.

You can attach the included rubber feet onto the side with the ventilation holes and flip the case over. The case will have a solid top panel.

Flex ATX up to 150 mm long (standard length). Using a DC-DC PSU and AC-DC adapter may be possible but there is no mount for the barrel plug that connects the two.

No, but Velka 3 will have aluminum side panels.

photos: click for gallery

Features: Same as "Key features" below, with some exceptions

Pre-production cases

  • L shaped side panels
  • Solid PSU side panel, therefore a subjectively "cleaner" appearance
  • Only one 2.5" drive mount in fan area regardless of whether graphics card is used
  • 0.1 liters smaller overall
  • Silver case comes with chrome button
  • Should only be used with Noctua NH-L9 or AMD Wraith Stealth coolers. Cryorig C7 not fully compatible currently. Other coolers not tested.
  • Should not be used with graphics cards with a TDP greater than 150 W, power supplies modified with Noctua fans, or CPUs with TDP greater than 65 W. Recommended: GTX 1060 / GTX 1160 TI and below, R7 2700 and below.
  • Comes with free artificial banana
Production cases
  • Flat side panels (no bend on short edge)
  • No central notch on front panel
  • Vented PSU side panel, therefore better power supply cooling
  • Only one 2.5" drive mount in fan area if graphics card is used, three if no graphics card is used
  • Tweaked standoff lengths and 2 mm wider base for slightly improved part compatibility
  • Silver case may have a black button (not confirmed)
  • Suitable for any graphics cards that fit up to 180 W TDP
Quick assembly instructions (pre-production only)
 
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VELKASE Michael

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Velka series cases are focused on delivering class-leading space efficiency for portability and reduced desk clutter.






VK-3: The most compact brick-less case with support for ITX sized graphics cards. Small enough not to require a dedicated carrying bag.
  • PSU: Flex ATX
  • CPU cooler (with two expansion slots): 37 mm
  • External volume (with 170 mm card): 3.7 L
  • Footprint: 180 cm^2
Availability June 24.
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Key features
  • Anodized and sandblasted aluminum exterior for a scratch resistant, premium finish compared to common powder-coats.
  • Permanent steel fasteners for enhanced durability.
  • Dual chamber layout for maximal space savings.
  • Movable motherboard tray for wide range of hardware support. See component layouts.
  • Variable case length for improved over-sized Flex ATX PSU and ITX graphics card support.
  • Optional dual 80 mm exhaust for cooling high power components.








Power supply:
If using a graphics card that requires power connector:
  • (~$90) SilverStone SST-FX350-G
    • black casing, braided cables, 350W, 6 pin GPU power, 80+ Gold
  • (~$90) FSP Group FSP400-60FGGBA
    • 400W, 6+2 pin GPU power, 80+ Gold. Quieter than other options. Best value.
  • (~$110) FSP Group FSP500-50FGGBN
    • 500W, dual 6+2 pin GPU power, 80+ Gold
If using a graphics card without a power connector or no graphics card
  • (~$90) SilverStone SST-FX350-G
    • black casing, braided cables, 350W, 6 pin GPU power, 80+ Gold
Other Flex ATX power supplies can be obtained for as little as $25 in some regions, suitable for builds with low power graphics that do not require additional connectors. Sort by price on eBay and Amazon, check reviews.

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CPU cooler:
IMPORTANT: These are the only CPU coolers with guaranteed compatibility. If the cooler you wish to use does not appear in this list, it is not guaranteed to be compatible.
Some CPU coolers have large backplates. All such known coolers are marked with an asterisk * and have 5 mm less height clearance available, but will still be compatible. It is recommended to choose a cooler 52 mm in height or below if planning to use the case with a single slot graphics card or no graphics card, and to strictly choose a cooler from the "37 mm and below" list if using a dual slot graphics card.


37 mm and below (with two expansion slots)
  • Noctua NH-L9i
  • Noctua NH-L9a
57 mm and below (with one expansion slot)
  • Cryorig C7*
*Only 52 mm clearance available for this cooler

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Graphics card:
Any 183 mm in length or under.

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Storage:
For a boot drive, choose an M.2 SSD. They can be bought for about the same price as 2.5" SSD's and will simplify cable management.
For high capacity storage, choose 2.5" mechanical hard drives or 2.5" SSD's.

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Memory:
RAM with short heatsinks works best, 45 mm maximum.

Dimensions: 185 x 97 x 225 mm
  • Graphics card: Variable between 170 -183 mm. Length: 183 mm maximum at 4.0 L, 179 mm at 3.9 L, 174 mm at 3.8 L, 170 mm at 3.7 L. See component layouts for more details.
  • PSU: Flex ATX. Clearance for casing and wires: 183 mm maximum at 4.0 L (same as clearance for graphics card, above).
  • CPU cooler: See component layouts for details.
  • RAM: 45 mm.
  • Case fan support: two 80 x 10 mm. See component layouts for more details.
  • Storage: M.2, 2.5". See component layouts for more details.
  • Riser: LiHeat 300 mm D type.

Q: Can I use my own riser?
A: Compatibility is only guaranteed for the LiHeat 300 mm D type risers. Other risers 30 cm in length (measured edge to edge) may physically fit but will not mount onto screws and may leave the graphics card insecurely fastened.

VK-5: The most compact case with SFX power supply and full size graphics card support.
  • PSU: SFX, SFX-L
  • CPU cooler (with two expansion slots): 48 mm
  • External volume (with 295 mm card): 5.6 L
  • Footprint: 190 cm^2
Prototypes available for purchase: August 2019
Production: October 2019

Key features
  • Anodized and sandblasted aluminum exterior for a scratch resistant, premium finish compared to common powder-coats.
  • Permanent steel fasteners for enhanced durability.
  • Dual chamber layout for maximal space savings.
  • Rear ventilation for passive exhaust of hot air.
  • Bay compatible with a variety of storage and liquid cooling options with short graphics cards.
  • Physical supports for long graphics cards






VK-7:
  • PSU: SFX, SFX-L
  • CPU cooler (with two expansion slots): 69 mm
  • External volume (with 295 mm card): 7.7 L
Prototypes available for purchase: August 2019
Production: October 2019
 
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VELKASE Michael

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Edit: shipping outside of US and Canada will now be done on a case by case basis

Shipping outside of US and Canada is on the expensive side, but rates are likely to decrease in the future.
 
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scatterforce

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Very nice! Amazing value for this niche market.

Question: why limit the top exhaust fans to 15mm? I like the 4.0 L number, but neither Noctua nor be Quiet make a slim 80mm fan.
 

VELKASE Michael

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http://www.coolermaster.com/cooling/case-fan/standard-fan-80mm/

Been using it for a while. You don't get as much air pressure but other than that it's not bad actually.
Can confirm, those fans work well.

Question: why limit the top exhaust fans to 15mm? I like the 4.0 L number, but neither Noctua nor be Quiet make a slim 80mm fan.
This was a difficult decision to make, but in the end it seemed more justified to limit compatibility to slimmer fans which can be obtained for a low price point from other companies. Although this is nothing more than speculation, Noctua already makes a 15 x 92 mm, and there may be a possibility of them releasing a 15 x 80 mm fan in the future if there is a market for them.
 

VELKASE Michael

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can you do some alluminium side panels for this case?
There are currently no plans for creating aluminum side panels because of the advantages that the mesh offers, including easy tool-less maintenance and better airflow. However, if the demand is high enough, mounting points for side panels may be added in the next revision and allow people to choose between solid aluminum panels and steel mesh.

Additionally, I plan to offer users fully custom cases where customization is not limited to just side panels.
 

VELKASE Michael

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Quick update:

Some people from the EU have expressed interest in this case. If you are one of them, please either contact me privately or fill out the order form's shipping information section along with a desired delivery date so that I can find the most fitting shipping option for you. Paying 70 EUR for shipping is a lot, but you can save some money by spending a few minutes on this.
 

VELKASE Michael

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80 dollars shipping wtf!!! Costs almost as much as the case lol.
wait, the shipping cost for the EU...
Shipping prices for many countries in Europe have been reduced to 26 EUR (30 USD) for 2-3 week shipping and 52 EUR (60 USD) for 6-10 day shipping.
 
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