This is just a quick update with some photos of the new ‘Radial’ vent style, this was a popular community request which I am hoping to make available soon as part of the customisation options. I’ve had some prototypes made to test it out:
Noise wise the Radial vent is fairly quiet but not the quietest, it sits somewhere between the Cyclone and Aero Vents (previously shown HERE), with the Cyclone being quietest and the Aero being loudest. This is referring to the turbulence noise created by the fan blades running past the vent cutouts. The radial vent does have some turbulence noise, but not as much as the Aero (perforated holes) design.
In terms of airflow and therefore resulting thermal performance, again it sits in between the Cyclone and the Aero vents, with Cyclone offering the most airflow and best thermals. Some of you are not keen on the Cyclone vent aesthetics, but perhaps this Radial style vent may be more up your street, this vent style offers more of an ‘all rounder’ approach in terms of aesthetics, noise and airflow.
The new prototypes also include the updated IO design, this change in direction from the last revision was due to community feedback,most people preferred the power and reset buttons to be physical buttons resulting in the following design which offers a compromise:
The power LED lights up the power button when the computer is on, the camera I am using struggles to show this properly and the photos show the light up button a bit washed out, but to the naked eye the recessed power symbol gives a nice highlighted glow effect:
Another view of the case in white, shown next to a Steam controller for scale purposes:
Closeup of the GPU side panel with Radial style vents, behind the vents you can see the black and orange colour scheme of the Gigabyte GTX 1070 ITX graphics card:
Another improvement for the next version of the LZ7 is the 2x 2.5″ Storage Drive mounting panel, it now includes cutouts for increased compatibility with Sata Power cables, along with some extra screw holes and cutout for mounting a 2.5″ drive sideways, this is useful if you want some extra space in the top of the case for cable routing or airflow, etc:
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Updated IO corner Column with new large style power and reset buttons. You can also see here the new corner pieces will have the option for metal threads:
Side view of the LZ7 in Black with Radial style vent side panel, you can also see the power and activity LED’s shining through the button perforations:
Stress testing the new Radial vents for noise and airflow performance:
Rear view of LZ7 showing updated serial number panel, I may reduce the logo in size as it’s a bit overbearing:
Another view of the rear also showing the radial vent design again:
Progress has been slower than hoped for making the next batch available and I apologise to anyone who has been waiting a while to buy one, your patience is much appreciated.
I am working towards a major announcement which I am hoping I can reveal before the end of April, stay tuned for more information and thank you to you all for your continued support.
If you have any feedback about the design updates please let me know in the comments below.
6 Replies to “Radial Vents and Updated IO Design”
This case is superb, I can’t wait to buy one. I’ll be a day one buyer.
Keep up the good work!
K888D[ Post Author ]
Thanks Pablo, I appreciate the support!
What kind of hardware will you be building into it?
I’m thinking in something similar as you posted in the previous thread.
i7-7700, GTX 1070 mini, Samsung PCI SSD …
My only doubt here is if a Corsair SFF 450W PSU will handle the GTX 1070 power needs.
K888D[ Post Author ]
The Corsair SF450 can handle a GTX 1070 no problem, even when running with an i7 the system will only be drawing around 250w at most.
The SF450 I’ve been using has remained silent throughout testing, I cpuldnt recommend it highly enough.
I think you will only need to consider stepping up to the SF600 when overclocking something like a 95w Ryzen CPU in combination with something like an overclocked GTX 1080 as you may start approaching the 450w capability at this point.
Thank you, I’ll buy a SF450 then.
Another thing I wanted to ask you, I see some holes on the top of the case, probably for a handle or similar. I’m very interested on that feature because I usually travel a lot and want to carry PC with me. Do you think using a handle on top of this case will support the weight?
K888D[ Post Author ]
I’m replying to your question below about the holes on top of the case here because it won’t let me reply below due to too many reply layers!
Yes those holes were included in case I ever released a handle or similar add on, its not something I have looked into properly yet.
With regards to supporting the weight, it is something I would need to test to be sure of.