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Jonsbo Releases Case That Doesn’t Have a Blatantly Obvious Design Flaw..and It has a Built-In LCD

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Please forgive the biased title for this news piece, but Jonsbo cases have been a constant thorn in my side for years. Beautiful, but utterly flawed. Things like PSUs mounted to panels that don’t have venting or exhaust, or fans that don’t have any intake and spin uselessly are burned so deeply in my memory now that they’ve replaced all the early memories of Christmas and Kindergarten I ever had. What I’m getting at is that Jonsbo cases hurt my brain and leave me in the perpetual confused Jackie Chan meme face.

But this D31 Mesh case is different.

The D31 is a mATX case that seems to be correctly designed to deal with massive GPUs like the 4-slot RTX 4090, and deal with the needs of modern CPUs that insist at running at 95c to 100c. It has mesh panels, a top mount 360mm radiator, 4 PCI slots, and bottom intake fans. The PSU has access to fresh air, and exhausts into the top fans instead of a wall of metal typical of previous models. It’s available in both black and white, and includes a pretty nice looking LCD screen that can easily be replaced if it breaks. It’s not going to win any awards for response time, but you shouldn’t be gaming on that screen to begin with.

There are additional models that have no LCD screen and sealed panels if you truly want a case with no ventilation and lacking the feature that defines its design.

Important to the design is that you can have up to 400mm of GPU length depending on the PSU placement, and the radiator placement keeps the pump below the radiator itself for most AIOs. Heck, you can even mount a massive 168mm tall CPU cooler in it if you want.

Seems like a nice match-up for the grossly overpriced (what isn’t this days?) Asus X670 Gene mATX board.

Pricing hasn’t been set yet, but it should be noted that Jonsbo case prices fluctuate wildly depending on the reseller.

Click Here to visit the Jonsbo website.

 

 

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Please forgive the biased title for this news piece, but Jonsbo cases have been a constant thorn in my side for years. Beautiful, but utterly flawed. Things like PSUs mounted to panels that don’t have venting or exhaust, or fans that don’t have any intake and spin uselessly are burned so deeply in my memory now that they’ve replaced all the early memories of Christmas and Kindergarten I ever had. What I’m getting at is that Jonsbo cases hurt my brain and leave me in the perpetual confused Jackie Chan meme face.
But this D31 Mesh case is different.
The D31 is a mATX case that seems to be correctly designed to deal with massive GPUs like the 4-slot RTX 4090, and deal with the needs of modern CPUs that insist at running at 95c to 100c. It has mesh panels, a top mount 360mm radiator, 4 PCI slots, and bottom intake...

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yeah if only it was sff

Depends on what SFF will become. mATX has always been given more leeway. Additionally, with 3 and 4 slot GPUs becoming standard, and CPUs needing 360mm AIOs to achieve their full performance, what we consider SFF may have to change...at least for the near term.

This case does end up in an interesting place though as it's too small to be considered a normal tower, and too big for most SFF enthusiasts to consider SFF. So what does it make it? An outlier? A new trend? The next face of SFF?

It will be interesting to see.
 

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Depends on what SFF will become. mATX has always been given more leeway. Additionally, with 3 and 4 slot GPUs becoming standard, and CPUs needing 360mm AIOs to achieve their full performance, what we consider SFF may have to change...at least for the near term.

This case does end up in an interesting place though as it's too small to be considered a normal tower, and too big for most SFF enthusiasts to consider SFF. So what does it make it? An outlier? A new trend? The next face of SFF?

It will be interesting to see.
yeah agree one solution could be making a sub-genre/category of SFF called SFF-L which increases the size up to 35 ish litres which will make quite a lot of ITX/mATX cases fall in that genre/category
 

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@Revenant, thanks for posting this fine looking beast.
Good to see the nicely integrated screen, a good feature.
I know there is an r/mffpc section on reddit, so I'm sure it would be happy there.
I like mATX and haven't owned an ATX board for 15 years, ever since I bought an SG05.
I know stuff is getting bigger and hotter, but my Silverstone TJ08E is still sub 30L and feels BIG to me!
mATX offerings have been fairly disappointing recently, with most ITX boards better spec WD with built in WiFi, dual M.2 etc.
Personally I don't see much I need additional PCIe slots for if the good stuff is already on board.
The older Asus Gene boards were cutting edge and loaded, not so much these days.
 

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@Revenant, thanks for posting this fine looking beast.
Good to see the nicely integrated screen, a good feature.
I know there is an r/mffpc section on reddit, so I'm sure it would be happy there.
I like mATX and haven't owned an ATX board for 15 years, ever since I bought an SG05.
I know stuff is getting bigger and hotter, but my Silverstone TJ08E is still sub 30L and feels BIG to me!
mATX offerings have been fairly disappointing recently, with most ITX boards better spec WD with built in WiFi, dual M.2 etc.
Personally I don't see much I need additional PCIe slots for if the good stuff is already on board.
The older Asus Gene boards were cutting edge and loaded, not so much these days.

I used the TJ08 for a retro build:

Pentium 3 1.4GHZ
512MB SDRAM
2X Voodoo2 in Sli
GeForce 4800SE (to be replaced with a better card later)
Vortex 2 soundcard with Dreamblaster Roland wave module
64GB SSD (partitioned)
Windows 98SE


I guess we each have our own standard for small. Personally, I look at above 3 Liters these days as being big. Crazy right? Zotac ruined it for me with their E series. Even the M1 looks big now, never mind the SilverStone Seta A1 I have on my desk. Don't worry...I have a CCD MI-6 next to it.

Honestly, I have to temper what I feel verse reality. A lot of people will look at this Jonsbo and think it's tiny. In a way, it is. They're stuffing a 360mm AIO and RTX 4090 in it with an ATX PSU and good intake fans while also providing a screen. Yes, we all know you can get similar results with a carefully crafted build in something like a Meshlicious. However, I don't want to alienate new comers to the SFF market. It's not easy to go from building a SilverStone FT-02 to building an Ncase M1.

This was my measure of small while growing up.

 
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Depends on what SFF will become. mATX has always been given more leeway. Additionally, with 3 and 4 slot GPUs becoming standard, and CPUs needing 360mm AIOs to achieve their full performance, what we consider SFF may have to change...at least for the near term.

This case does end up in an interesting place though as it's too small to be considered a normal tower, and too big for most SFF enthusiasts to consider SFF. So what does it make it? An outlier? A new trend? The next face of SFF?

It will be interesting to see.

I love this take, because I've been utterly frustrated by the lack of acknowledgment from most people that the 20L standard is just not enough for the latest cards, especially if you want to watercool it in a small package. Sure, you can cram stuff in, but it vastly decreases the choices of hardware you can utilize. 35L is huge for ITX (I believe that's even bigger than the CL Mercury S3, which is enormous for ITX), but somewhere between 20-30L makes cable management and cooling/hardware choices just that much better.
 
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only thing im seeing that I dont like so far is that top section doesnt seem to have much room for a radiator. This case otherwise looks like it would be an amazing dual 360 rad case just like the i100 they had before. But as the OP said, even that case took serious modding to make actually usable due to stupid design choices.
 
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