March 5, 2013
The Case For Bigger Cases
Ever since we’re little, we’re taught how to do two C’s: Conform and Contort. Conform your beliefs to fit in or contort yourself from pressure to conform. Even though our technology has advanced and we believe we are superior beings for it, we still bend and twist ourselves to fit the cases WE build to hold the computers. But neigh, relax good friend! Your fingers aren’t that fat and yes, we all get jittery while putting things in the case; that too is normal. I’ll save those explanations for another time but for now let’s take a look on why we have to have larger cases.
Firstly, although CPU’s haven’t had any major structural changes since the late 80’s, with every new generation we push the potential power of it, and exponentially the cooling requirements. While the average stock CPU fan is about 2.5 inches in outward length, the average stock CPU fan isn’t worth jack shit, so an upgrade is necessary. And with that, an entirely different debate is raised; whether to use a direct heat sink cooler like the Cooler Master V8 or an offset radiator like the Corsair H100. Go with a V8 and you just cut out a quarter of the cases on the market; go with a H100 and you have to fit your little sausage fingers into the case at awkward angles (take a moment to imagine trying to remove it).
Surprisingly though, what has actually changed the most is the video card. The average video card of the 1990s was just under seven inches and had little more than a heat sink on it. Now the average video card is around ten inches and contains a high-end fan and a full-size metallic heat sink. Not to mention that we’ve expanded from single card usage to three and four way SLI configurations; however you look at it, it can add up a lot of space needed.
While the CPU and video card can add a few problems and force you to buy a different case, the main concern is the motherboard. While everything else can and has changed over the years, motherboards are practically the same thing. Yes, they have more transistors and more PCI Ports; but when you shave it all away, it’s just another awkward bulky PCB board with soldering in it. What makes this even worse is the fact it is fragile enough that it can’t be moved and creates this troubling design flaw. Add to the fact that it also creates heat, and it can become quite annoying very fast, also increasing the cooling requirements.
And there it is; that is exactly why there is a need for larger cases. Sure, the average person won’t need to worry or care about finding a water cooling kit or all the ends and outs of cable management. But for those of us who use our computers for things more advanced than looking at cats and online shopping, this is our reasoning. And because beauty must have functionality to justify our ends, we also would like it to look appealing; so make it large enough to hide the excess. So to those out there still saying the size unjustifiable, I challenge you to go drop an eraser head into the back of a refrigerator, and try to fetch it out without touching the sides.
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