Thanks @imdrecordings, I just found a new case for my next CustoMac Pro build !
An AL Mac Pro tower that weighs only 16.5 lbs. without the sharp
cheese grater handles to cut your hands on. To be honest, how
much would you lift and move a Mac Pro or G5 tower ?
I could easily get by without handles on the top of this case.
If any one builds with this make sure to get a fanless <161mm PSU
as this case has one design flaw, the front mounted PSU exhausts air
into the case. The airflow pattern may compensate for this.
Comes with three fans that direct airflow from the bottom
to the top of the case. Slot loading DVD bay is also a great idea.
Nice job by Rosewill and Jonsbo.
It's been frustrating to find no info regarding an 8 series M-ATX Gigabyte board with Thunderbolt ports becoming available, so it looks like this might be one of the few non-ugly full sized solutions when putting together a Haswell rig equipped with Thunderbolt. ..
For those looking to find more pictures and details.. here is a link to a Korean seller site. He has some really detailed pics with some text in English. I found it very useful, because there is not a whole lot of information out there at this time.
Seriously considering to swap my Corsair 300R with this beauty...
Going to surprise the wife with a new mac for her birthday coming up and I think she'll be pleased replacing her aging iMac with a hack in this case. Just need to source out a slot loading dvd burner. Not a lot of those floating around. I have one from an old macbook Pro that might fit the bill.
Fundamental failure with PSU location for thermal reasons. Dumping hot air at the bottom of the case. Sure its not a huge amount, but given that the power cables are routed at the back of the mobo, and cable lengths are not commonly an issue, the PSU really should be swapped with the HDD.
Have the PSU at the top, exhausting upwards. Its an internal mains connector anyway, so it doesn't matter which way it faces.
Then have three intake fans on the bottom, with the extra one in the forward position in the floor giving the HDDs fresh cool air. More fans, lower RPM, and filtered intakes in a positive pressure case will give you a quieter and cleaner system. Not to mention keeping HDDs below 40 degrees C.
That would make this case gold! Maybe its mod-able, for the adventurous ones... Its what I would consider first up.
Easier alternative is to reverse airflow direction of the PSU fan.
HDDs at the top does help to keep the HDD noise slightly quieter, but only really relevant for those seeking absolutely silent cases.