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  1. In case you were wondering which type of GPU use (with open-air or with blower-style cooler), Optimum tech made a direct comparison between those cards in console style cases (Senty 2.0) and shoe-box cases (Ghost S1):
  2. Optimum Tech just made some benchmarks with AIO water cooling. You may want to check that out
  3. We wanted to go with kickstarter... we really did... but we couldn't. Kickstarter service isn't present in Poland. If we would like to go with kickstarter, then there are 2 ways: 1. Start a company in another country, which will involve paying taxes and other connected costs there, which will obviously slow down the whole process and increase the final cost of Sentry, or... 2. Hire an external company from the country where kickstarter is allowed for starting the campaign, and let them start this compaign for us, for an % from the raised amount... which will obviously again increase the price of Sentry... Sentry is already very expensive in manufacturing so we simply did not want to do that. This is why we went only with indiegogo, which is present in Poland. If we would have an option to go with kickstarter directly from Poland, then right away we would do that. There is no hidden philosophy behind this. We just couldn't use Kickstarter in a way which wouldn't increase the price of the Sentry. Yes, we are very confident about our product, but we are not making it for living. This is just a community project, and we are a company who are making wind turbines and heavy duty machines for heavy industry. It means, we do not have pressure on making it (Sentry) and we will make it only if people will really want it. If we would reorganize our business target only to pc hardware, then you would be right: then we should borrow some $ and start a production of premium pc cases. But like I just wrote... we are doing something else for living. Sentry is a project made together with you guys. If you will want it to be funded, then we will make it for you. If not, we will think about some changes or something else. Sentry is a premium case. Yes. It is very expensive in manufacturing. Yes. It takes long to manufacture it. Yes, because simply we are doing it without molds or automatic assembling machines. But remember, that we do not have a typical pc-case-manufactuing production line, but most of work is done with the assist of human hands. If we would like to go your way and borrow $ for molds and robots, then if we would like to calculate Sentry for 1000-5000 units, it would cost around $500-800 per unit, because of the cost of molds which would need to be compensated. Our profit from every case is ultra low compared to the other premium PC cases which are made in Asia (Sentry is made in EU), so the cost of molds would be added to the cost of the product... increasing the final price of Sentry. This comment was really unfair, mate. It shows that you didn't follow our topics, both for Sentry 1.0 and Sentry 2.0. We made many prototypes and all of them were made according to the manufacturing process we expected to be the final one for our future campaign. Every time we were discussing results with the community on our forum topics, we were showing the best information we can give. When we decided we are at the point in which we might have a good pre-production prototype, then we were making a batch of 25-50 cases in the same way in which those cases would be made for our future clients. Same sub-manufacturers, same elements, same manufacturing process, same quality control and same assembling process. It means those cases which we sent to our youtube reviewers would be at least the same quality like the ones made for you guys, who would order them in the crowdfunding campaign. We are an engineering bureau which is on the market of heavy duty machines for almost 3 decades. We have our reputation and your assumptions are just unfair towards us. If you think, that such complicated product like Sentry case can be made in a garage by several men, then we would like to see that. There are so many manufacturing processes involved in making our Sentry, that it would be great if someone would come to us and say what we are doing wrong to make things cheaper. But for the last 4 years no one pointed out things which we are doing wrong. What is more, when we asked some other sub-manufacturers about manufacturing elements for us, then we were receiving offers for 10 000+ units, and nothing less. And not one or two of asked companies, but most of them were shooting at us with such numbers. It means, currently in our opinion Sentry is very expensive as a product for the current market of pc cases, but to be honest it is very cheap if you consider the small quantity in which we want to make it. Our clients will receive the same quality or even better products then our reviewers. We treat people who receive engineering samples as our testers, and if they will find some problems with their cases, then we will make sure to solve them before Sentry will go into full production.
  4. https://twitter.com/paulhardware/status/1112774982067580928
  5. We see that you have a really nice garage there... congratulations
  6. We will start the crowdfunding campaign on 1st of April and it will last for a month. After the campaign (if it will be successful) indiegogo will send us the funds within 2-3 weeks.It means at the end of May/start of June we will be able to send orders to our subcontractors. If we will be lucky, at the start of July we will be able to start assembling process of first Sentry cases. Depending on the number of orders it will take 2-4 months, and probably one more month to send all cases. It means you won't be able to get your case before LTX We redesigned whole manufacturing process to speed everything up, but we are still dependant from our submanufacturers, and the time when they will send us all ordered elements. It means that, when ordering Sentry in April, you will get it in September or in November. Everything will be dependant from the scale of orders.
  7. Our topics: Sentry 1.1 https://hardforum.com/threads/sentry-console-sized-gaming-pc-case-project.1832126/ https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/dr-zaber-sentry-console-sized-gaming-pc-case-project.1346/ Sentry 2.0 https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/sentry-2-0-evolution-of-console-sized-gaming-pc-case.7106/ https://hardforum.com/threads/sentry-2-0-evolution-of-console-sized-gaming-pc-case.1957662/ Necere's LRPC concept: https://hardforum.com/threads/the-next-ncase-project-a-steam-machine-style-case-indeterminate.1831382/
  8. Necere tested it because he wanted to make a similar to Sentry project, with different aesthetics, and he looked for best spot for his drives. If I remember correctly, this was one of the reasons why his project died.
  9. Necere from Ncase M1 project tested this spot for 2,5'' drives and those were getting really hot there. M.2 drives can also get very hot by themselves, and if you combine this heat with the heat from the back of the gpu... you really can damage your drives and loose your data. For example, samsung's 850 EVO M.2 working temperature is 0-70 deg C. The target temperature of your GPU is something like 80-85 deg C. I'm sure you understand where I'm going with this analysis.
  10. When designing Sentry v1.1 we made multiple benchmarks. We tested many different configurations and we found out that the hot air which is gathering behind GPU's PCB can be the cause of lowering the GPU boost clocks from 50 to even up to 300MHz (depending on your gpu) or can be a reason why GPU can hit the target clock too fast during heavy load. What is more, next to the back of the GPU you have a surface of the Sentry's cover, which you are touching and it can get really hot. Both of those problems were reduced thanks to this steel air pocket.
  11. We also would like to get to the point where Sentry will cost $150, but for the last 2 years we were fighting to keep the previously declared retail price (980PLN), and it was really hard. Right now (rough estimation) 1/3 of the price are the external costs (sub-manufacturers), 1/3 are our internal costs (cost of hiring workers, machines, warehouses, keeping the warranty, future improvements, profit) and the last 1/3 are taxes with indiegogo fee. At this moment it is not possible for us to get lower with the price, because we would need to invest in the mass production elements like molds, robots and automatic assembling machines, and with orders below 10 000 units it is hard to do that.