I guess it's bigger than it looks. Nevertheless, huge case is huge! Relatively speaking though.
I sure do wish they'd push the envelope more on going small, not big. It's easy to go big. Also, who doesn't want a small case that's more practical, that will house a practical PSU, that can even be TFX please. Practical video card, that can even be low profile. There are plenty of LP or or just plain shorter cards that will handle most gaming tasks well, without having to waste double the space in size. Is it not the niche the ones that go for those huge cards? Or huge PSU's?
Sigh. I want to know it's possible lol. I think Lian-Li is poised, and they come closer than anyone, they can even overprice it and chalk it up to build quality. I want to see a small case and be wow'ed by the efficient use of space. I haven't seen one that doesn't have glaring flaws in this regard.
And here I thought I was the only one who didn't like "shoe-box" style cases.
In my opinion, using such a case for a mini-ITX gaming computer is a bit lazy (especially if it's about bragging rights). As in, it's so easy to do it. Like you say, an actual small case, with a LP video card and a TFX PSU, now that
is challenging and proper mini-ITX.