SSDs in the other side of the case behind the motherboard
An 18-core hyper-threaded Xeon needs more memory bandwidth than a consumer quad-core CPU does.
A no-compromises workstation still needs the micro-ATX form factor.
whm1974 wrote:I just read this from the Labor Day Shortbread:
http://wccftech.com/custom-sff-radeon-r ... processor/
This a really neat build stuffing all that hardware in a case that size. Putting the video card(and upside down) the and SSDs in the other side of the case behind the motherboard is really thinking outside the box.
At least one least thing I would change is add another two SO-DIMM modules to enable quad channel mode.
Might lead to some of those mITX motherboards having the PCIe slot duplicated on both sides of the board for just such an occasion. Not sure how they would solder that, but still.
That video card extender cable has got to slow things down.
You can get retail cases that are similarly sized. It's a cool custom case don't get me wrong, but small custom cases are a dime a dozen now days on modding sites.
I'm into custom cases more than the next guy typically, but other than a cool looking design I see nothing interesting being done here. In fact I'd question some of his choices.
chuckula wrote:SSDs in the other side of the case behind the motherboard
That's become the new norm in the last year or so as SSDs have taken off. The idea is to dump the drive cages so that there's a clear front-to-back airflow path through the case with minimal obstructions.
Convert wrote:Do you have a link to a picture? I'd like to see that.Similar configurations exist. Then there's the ones that draw from the side panel (motherboard laying flat or a flex cable used) and ones that stuff the card at the bottom of the case with air vents to pull in cool air (think of this case turned upside down).
*edit* in fact my .50 cal ammo can PC used the side vent approach with a flex cable and that measured 11 x 5.5 x 6.75 which works out to a little smaller in total volume than this case.
Who would use that build? Doesn't seem to make sense to have 18 "slow" cores with a GPU.