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Arctic Case: Console-Sized, Liquid-Cooled, RGB!

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Posted (edited) · Original PosterOP
Introducing the B-Tech Arctic computer case! At only 5.2 liters of internal volume, it's one of the smallest ITX cases with full-length GPU support on the market! (That's right, smaller than the RVZ03 or even the Sentry case!)
 
The Arctic case achieves a stunningly accurate "console aesthetic" look thanks to it's glossy plastic exterior construction, ample vent holes, and clean, screw-free external design, including on the back and bottom! But just because your computer looks like a console doesn't mean it should perform like one! That's why Arctic supports full-length GPUs and comes standard with built-in liquid cooling! It even includes a built-in 1500W DC power supply (2x compact 750W AC bricks), with future battery-pack expansion planned!
 
But it doesn't end there. The Artic isn't called "Arctic" for nothing. It's got built-in sub-zero cooling capable of handling over 550W of total system heat dissipation! That means your system could be cooled down to 0° C FREEZING even at LOAD!
 
And if you don't want the extra power consumption and noise, you can simply swap the Arctic A/C Block in the loop out for the regular Radiator Block,
thanks to our custom designed quick-swap fittings that allow detaching parts of the cooling loop without draining!
 

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For progress updates and to be notified when our Kickstarter Campaign goes live!

 
But of course, you need photos! Here are some 3D renders.
These are NOT proof of concept renders. They are taken using the real model, not a striped-down version missing internal structure or interconnects.
 
The Arctic Case in Glacier White. The top intake is a custom designed ~100mm RGB 4-pin fan. The final design will also have a backlit logo on top.
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The case can be opened quickly and easily thanks to the innovative magnetic-latch system, which sends power and data for the LED illumination through magnetized contacts, making the case side-panels totally wire-free.
 
Arctic Case in Cobalt Black:
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From the side, you can see the 360° addressable RGB LED ring.
A non-slip rubber pad with an intricate pattern lines the bottom of the case to give it a two-tone look.
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From the front you can see 3 of the 8 individually controllable 4-pin exhaust fans.

A/C units connected to the watercooling loop with a custom copper heatsink block are positioned behind these to achieve CPU/GPU temps BELOW ambient!

And did I mention there's a flipping TURBO BUTTON!?

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You'll also notice there's no power button. That's because it's capacitive!

To turn the system on, simply tap the left-front area of the case.

 

Of course, you're probably also wondering how on earth we're controlling 10 independent 4-pin fans (including the pump) and over 70 zones of RGB lighting...

 

Well, existing 4-pin fan splitters are not able to control fan speed independently or even report individual fan speed, leaving you with no way to ensure your fans/pumps are still working properly, not to mention they're way to big to fit in a case this small, so we decided to come up with our own solution. Introducing the Arctic Control Board! Able to control 12 independent 4, or even 3-pin fans with per-fan auto-config and per-fan RPM control. Plus, it has RGB lighting control, capacitive touch circuitry, A/C cooling control, case-open detect, and even front-panel IO!

 

Front IO:

  • 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
  • 2x Reassignable HD Audio Jacks
  • RGB Illuminated Capacitive Power Button w/ Adjustable Sensitivity
  • User-Configurable Turbo Button (Mechanical MX Blue-like Switch, because why not)

 

What's Included with the Case:

  • The case. Obviously.
  • Custom 1500W PSU (98.5% DC-side efficiency, not cheap!) w/ Dual (also custom) 750W AC Power Bricks.
  • Pre-assembled copper CPU & GPU water loop.
  • Universal CPU waterblock.
  • Dual thermoelectric A/C radiator units.
  • 8x 60mm side fans, 1x slim ~100mm RGB intake fan.
  • 64 pixel 360° addressable LED ring.
  • Dual-channel smart RGB controller & 12-channel 3/4-pin PWM driver with per-fan RPM feedback.

 

And, if you don't want to build a system yourself, pre-built configurations featuring delided 7th-gen Intel i7 CPUs, ASRock Z270 Motherboards, NVMe SSD Storage, and watercooled NVIDIA 1060, 1070 Ti, or 1080 Ti GPUs will also be available, starting at only $920!

 

We already designed and tested PCBs, prototyped proof-of-concepts, and part-fit tested with cardboard, foamboard, etc.

But we're not there yet! Here's what still needs to happen:

  • Plastic case prototype, More part-fit testing.
  • Refining pressure-fit and screw hole sizes based on material properties.
  • Kickstarter video!
  • Building an epic system in the thing!

 

Once we've done all that, we can launch the campaign to gather funds for entering production!

Current estimated launch date: Mid-February, 2018.

 

Sign up for the mailing list here!

For progress updates and to be notified when our Kickstarter Campaign goes live!

 

B-Tech Arctic. Compact Liquid-Cooling for the Masses!

Edited by Pecacheu
More clarification, and 1200W -> 1500W PSU due to similar BOM-prices, Better Title
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11 hours ago, Pecacheu said:
It even includes a built-in 1200W power supply!

Seems a bit excessive...


--- Please use quotes or tag people in replies, otherwise we wont respond in a timely manner ---  BLUE BUILD POST ---

CPU i7-4790k    Motherboard Gigabyte z97x-ud5h    RAM G.Skill Sniper DDR3 1866mhz    GPU EVGA GTX970 FTW    Case Thermaltake Level 10 GT    

Storage 1x Samsung EVO 250GB, WD Black 3TB, WD Black 5TB    PSU Corsair CX600M      Cooling Corsair H90 140mm (Rear Mounted)

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6 hours ago, TVwazhere said:

Seems a bit excessive...

The main reason for it is because AC-DC circuitry tends to work at maximum efficiency at about 50% load (actually, I think there was an LTT episode about that), so if your system draws ~450W and the cooling draws ~100W, you're into the high-efficiency region. Also, at max power the A/C could draw as much as 700W peak on the 12V line alone, so 1200W is defiantly necessary.

 

The PSU can also auto-detect if only one of the power bricks is connected and current-limit the cooling. (Or, at least it will. The current prototype PSU doesn't have that capability. You can't simply use a diode because it would have to dissipate the full 600W at load. We're thinking a current-sensing shunt resistor coupled with a comparator.)

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4 minutes ago, Pecacheu said:

at max power the A/C could draw as much as 700W peak on the 12V line alone, so 1200W is defiantly necessary

The A/C sounds like the big reason. That makes more sense now :) 


--- Please use quotes or tag people in replies, otherwise we wont respond in a timely manner ---  BLUE BUILD POST ---

CPU i7-4790k    Motherboard Gigabyte z97x-ud5h    RAM G.Skill Sniper DDR3 1866mhz    GPU EVGA GTX970 FTW    Case Thermaltake Level 10 GT    

Storage 1x Samsung EVO 250GB, WD Black 3TB, WD Black 5TB    PSU Corsair CX600M      Cooling Corsair H90 140mm (Rear Mounted)

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