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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:23 pm 
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I like that the pictures of the Thermaltake cases include the "please no photographs" signs. That's a nice touch. :wink:

I can only imagine how much those Thermalright cases will retail for. If a heatsink with half a dozen heatpipes and 1/4 of a square foot of fin sells for $60, how much will something with 10 times the heatpipes and a 50 times the fin area be? Thermalright has never made cases before... this is a big new direction for them.

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Rusty075 wrote:
I like that the pictures of the Thermaltake cases include the "please no photographs" signs. That's a nice touch. :wink:

According to Cyril at The Tech Report: "They had those signs, but when I asked their marketing dude he said taking pictures was okay." I wonder why the signs were there in the first place. :roll:

Of the featured cases, I have the most interest in the SG03 and mini-P180. My main concern about the SG03 is the placement of the PSU, which allows efficient use of space but places limits on the size of the CPU HSF. The mini-P180 might be too big for an mATX case, I think.

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mini p180! OMG!


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According to Cyril at The Tech Report: "They had those signs, but when I asked their marketing dude he said taking pictures was okay." I wonder why the signs were there in the first place. :roll:


Yeah, that's basically been the reaction from vendors with "No Photography" signs during our visits to CES as well. But having those signs up does let them limit who is taking pictures. They can selectively choose to ignore the signs for people they like, or call security on you if they don't like you. A couple of years ago we watched the marketing women at Coolermaster chase the booth workers from another company out of the area for engaging in a little corporate espionage by taking pictures of a prototype case. (I won't name the other company, but their initials were T.t. :wink: )


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My main concern about the SG03 is the placement of the PSU, which allows efficient use of space but places limits on the size of the CPU HSF.


I had the same thoughts when we saw the SG03 at CES in January: [quote="SPCR Does CES '07"][i] The SG-03 is over an inch shorter and nearly three inches shallower than the already small Silverstone TJ-08, and is both shorter and shallower than the Antec NSK3300. But don't let the small size fool you, the SG03 features a pair of 120mm fans for cooling: both mounted as intakes for an all-positive airflow path. There is room for a pair of 3.5â€

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I want to see a review of that Antec HTPC case AND the mini P182.


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Hmm, Silverstone cases carrying ‘Scan’ logos. Scan is one of the UK’s largest hardware retailers, always stocking the full Silverstone range, plus exclusive offers on their kit. I’m guessing one has shares in the other. Might explain why OcUK stopped selling Silverstone.


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That makes sense, it's one of their featured stores isn't it?


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I'd love it if Thermalright could get rid of or at least make smaller those horn-like heat-pipes on the front and rear of the tower and figure out a way to have GPU coupled onto that massive side heatsink... cpus today don't generate nearly as much heat as their graphical counterparts. Do that and you'll have a silencer's dream machine! Oh, and pricing at around $200 would make it ideal... *drool*... :o :o :o


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The Thermalright case with the side as a complete heatsink looks a bit extreme.

More practical: would you have to re-apply thermal paste every time you open the case....? :shock:


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jasonlava wrote:
I want to see a review of that Antec HTPC case AND the mini P182.


Seconded! As well as the new Zalman GPU coolers and Sugo SG03. The Thermalright case seems like a study in excess, as well as having questionably efficiency with the loooooooooooong heatpipes.

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If I'm seeing that Thermalright case right, the heatsinks look like the condenser on a window AC unit. You look at the fins too hard and they bend inward. You couldn't carry the things easily.......the pressure of your fingers will dent the fins. And look terrible......you can buy a little comb-like device to straighten fins. Too much for me...... :P

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If I'm seeing that Thermalright case right, the heatsinks look like the condenser on a window AC unit. You look at the fins too hard and they bend inward. You couldn't carry the things easily.......the pressure of your fingers will dent the fins. And look terrible......you can buy a little comb-like device to straighten fins. Too much for me...... :P

Handles on the tower version, but nothing visible on the htpc version.


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:lol: @ "... misguided power-crazed gamers."!

i hope antec isn't abandoning the "sensible noise/efficiency crazed gamers"...

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Rather than turn the side of a case into a heatsink, I'd rather see the top of the case turned into a heatsink. Not only would that maximize the chimney stack effect, the heatsink wouldn't get in the way of accessing stuff from the side.

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That full-ATX Fusion is the "P180 on its side" that I've been waiting for! Either that or the micro-Fusion... awesome cases at opposite ends of the HTPC spectrum. Let's hope one or the other is released soon! :)


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spookmineer wrote:
The Thermalright case with the side as a complete heatsink looks a bit extreme.

More practical: would you have to re-apply thermal paste every time you open the case....? :shock:

Award for most ludicrous case design goes to...

That is a seriously bad design. What would happen if you knocked the door? Would it act as a cpu crusher? And what if went the other way and wouldn't make contact?

I won't even mention the cuts to your extremities you'd sustain working on it either.


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Finally, here's a new massive CW01 case with one of their earlier models on top. The new case was built specifically in response to requests from Marantz, who sought a HTPC case that would mate well with their high end AV receivers and other gear.

It has the same design as the Reference series, look here.
Looks good, costs a lot. Probably sounds good too! :wink:


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