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Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:37 pm

I was going back through some of my links in my equipment web pages when I came across this Inwin Q500A case review by Dr Evil. Note the classic black and green and orange of the old Ars Technica.
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:19 am

Oh that takes me back. I remember cases like that. Cases changed really quickly. It wasn't long after that cases started with the power supply in the bottom and 120mm fans (though we can probably thank the P4 for the rapid cooling evolution).
 
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:29 am

DragonDaddyBear wrote:
It wasn't long after that cases started with the power supply in the bottom and 120mm fans (though we can probably thank the P4 for the rapid cooling evolution).

Cough (BTX), cough.
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:41 am

Captain Ned wrote:
DragonDaddyBear wrote:
It wasn't long after that cases started with the power supply in the bottom and 120mm fans (though we can probably thank the P4 for the rapid cooling evolution).

Cough (BTX), cough.


BTX had many good ideas. It is too that it put the DIMM slots too far away from the CPU which is why Intel had to axe it when they moved memory controller onto the CPU package with Nehelem/Bloomfield.

I'm more surprised that ATX hasn't been replaced yet. Intel had several good opportunities to move away from it during their Sandy Bridge-Skylake dominance-era.
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:00 am

ATX can die as mATX fills the needs for 99% of people. It just doesn't cost less and there aren't nearly as many cases that are diminutive.
 
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:20 pm

I had started to migrate to mATX about a decade ago, then went (mostly) back to full ATX shortly thereafter due to the lack of mATX AM3/AM3+ motherboards with non-craptastic southbridges on them. Almost made me wonder if AMD (and/or the mobo makers) were sitting on a giant pile of old AM2/AM2+ era chipsets, and made a decision to put them on mATX AM3/AM3+ mobos to save a few $.
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:25 pm

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
ATX can die as mATX fills the needs for 99% of people. It just doesn't cost less and there aren't nearly as many cases that are diminutive.

Yeah, I suppose it's fine for most, but not all. GPU is really all most need to add. But if you want to add 10 Gbe or WiFi 6 you're pretty much done. Add a sound card (yes, some people still like them), capture card, or a SATA expansion and you're kinda SOL. I'd have added all of those already if I wasn't using ITX. Kinda hosed me over for consolidating Plex and gaming systems into one (It's very unlikely someone would stream while I game, but with CPU's these days it could handle it). I had to buy a system off sleezBay.
 
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:53 pm

What really shrank cases is SSD's. No need anymore to have spaceous bays for HDD's. That and PCIe card lengths are shrinking compared to the old ISA and PCI cards.
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:57 pm

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
ATX can die as mATX fills the needs for 99% of people. It just doesn't cost less and there aren't nearly as many cases that are diminutive.

You can have my P182 approximately never.
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:48 pm

Captain Ned wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:
ATX can die as mATX fills the needs for 99% of people. It just doesn't cost less and there aren't nearly as many cases that are diminutive.

You can have my P182 approximately never.
The P183 V3 looks nice too.
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Re: Remember When? Dr Evil Inwin Q500A case review

Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:00 am

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
ATX can die as mATX fills the needs for 99% of people. It just doesn't cost less and there aren't nearly as many cases that are diminutive.

I went mATX this time, but hell, aside from servers and specialized workstations, even Mini-ITX works for nearly everyone. You've got a single x16 slot for a GPU, and for everything else, it's a rare situation where you can't (and probably more easily) find a USB3.x solution.

On that note, 5 years ago I would've expected to see Thunderbolt ports included by default on motherboards today. You've got $700 boards with all kinds of crap and fluff, and no Thunderbolt ports :roll:

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