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    SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    A minimal mid-tower (E-ATX) design with 'sound maze' dampening tech, priced at US$220.
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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    I'm going to be controversial and say we need new places to put the PSU. We started putting it at the bottom in its own chamber to isolate it from increasing internal temperatures and the space in front could be used for HDD. However with fewer systems using multiple HDD and internal temperatures having gone in reverse it seems like there's loads of wasted space down there, it adds +9cm height to a case for little appreciable benefit.

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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    The new Lian Li Q58 demonstrates the problem well. They tried to accomodate an ATX power supply in SFF case, and technically it works, but you're just better getting a SFX PSU from the get go. ATX is bulky making it hard to integrate elegantly.

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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    I'm going to be controversial and say we need new places to put the PSU. We started putting it at the bottom in its own chamber to isolate it from increasing internal temperatures and the space in front could be used for HDD. However with fewer systems using multiple HDD and internal temperatures having gone in reverse it seems like there's loads of wasted space down there, it adds +9cm height to a case for little appreciable benefit.
    Having IEC Power cables entering via the side or front panels of cases is going to be a tough sell ;-)

    I suppose you could also make the case that very few people install additional PCIe cards these days ( beyond a GPU), so maybe the ATX format will eventually become more of a niche segment for builders.

    With more and more devices supporting Thunderbolt, maybe a bigger chunk of the market will move towards smaller form-factors / laptops / tablets / all-in-one units that tether to an external GPU as and when needed?

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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    Finally there is something minimalistic without led stuff and weird shapes.

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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    Quote Originally Posted by KultiVator View Post
    Having IEC Power cables entering via the side or front panels of cases is going to be a tough sell ;-)

    I suppose you could also make the case that very few people install additional PCIe cards these days ( beyond a GPU), so maybe the ATX format will eventually become more of a niche segment for builders.

    With more and more devices supporting Thunderbolt, maybe a bigger chunk of the market will move towards smaller form-factors / laptops / tablets / all-in-one units that tether to an external GPU as and when needed?
    Some cases use an extension cable to route the connection to the back, my Raijintek Thetis uses one to mount the PSU at the front of the case, some of Silverstone's cases like their fortress line use them to mount PSU's in creative ways as well so where the power cable enters isn't much of an issue.

    I think it's more a case (no pun intended) of what's considered 'good' placement and 'best' airflow route (good and best sort of changes with system setup so one design may not suit everyone).

    IDK as what i said has just been one of those things that's been niggling me every time i see a manufacture announce a new case with the PSU at the bottom in its own compartment, it just seems like a design from the 2000's or whenever and a waste of space.

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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    Anyone else just seeing a Fractal R series case?

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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    Quote Originally Posted by LeetyMcLeet View Post
    Anyone else just seeing a Fractal R series case?
    Yeah, first thoughts were it looks just like a fractal define series.

    Having said that I think I'd pick the silverstone case over a fractal one, having had both brands. I do like the gpu support bracket idea on this case, hopefully other brands will do similar considering how big/heavy gpu's can be these days.
    Last edited by LSG501; 20-09-2021 at 09:11 PM.

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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    Quote Originally Posted by LSG501 View Post
    I do like the gpu support bracket idea on this case, hopefully other brands will do similar considering how big/heavy gpu's can be these days.
    From the photo it looks like the GPU support bracket is screwed directly into the GPU fan shroud though? Not sure how well that would work on the wide range of current GPU designs. It's quite funny really, I'm old enough to remember PCs that conformed to the PC-AT ISA expansion card standard (way back in the 80s). In those days a lot of expansion cards were 'full length', and PCs of the day always had a retention slot system for longer cards. I think PCs might well need to go back to a similar (standardised) design.

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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    Hush now baby, dont you try.

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    Re: SilverStone SETA Q1 mid-tower focuses on silence

    Wow, looks very clean and smart but seems very similar to older school Fractal or Corsair cases. Still looks very stylish.

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