Dear Case Manufacturers -
For the past several years, many of you have made cases that you claim are 'designed for water cooling components'. The problem is that often, this is only true if you do extensive cutting with a dremel tool and then more modding. So, just as the power supply industry has the Intel ATX specifications to follow, I thought, since water cooling has now grown to a much larger base (from say 2000 to 2003, I mean), it is time for what I would like to call WCS 1.0 (which means watercooling case standard first edition). I would further propose that WCS 1.0 have three divisions, namely super tower, full tower and half tower. What follows is a draft of what (I feel …. and I am always right ) should be included in any case which is marketed to water coolers under the three divisions:
Super Tower -
1 – Precut mounting points for a 140.3 or 120.4 (or greater) 60mm thick radiator in the top or front face panel. (without blocking more than 1/3 of the top two or three DVD 5.25 inch slots)
2 – Room above the motherboard for a full 140.3 or 120.4 60 mm thick radiator with push/pull configuration 120mmx25 mm fans (without blocking access to the top of the motherboard)
3 – Precut holes and spacing for either a 140.2 or 120.3 60mm thick radiator that is front facing (behind the front panel) or bottom facing. (without obstructing the power supply cabling or drive cages)
4 – Support for workstation or HPTX standard (EVGA SR-2) motherboards, including 10 (or more) full PCI slots in the back of the case.
5 – Removable motherboard tray with cut outs in the tray for cpu waterblock removal and chipset waterblock removal if necessary.
6 – Room for up to four 13 inch (or longer) dual slot graphics cards, without hitting the top of the power supply.
7 – Room in the bottom of the case to mount a 250mm long power supply, with an extra 40mm of space to allow cables to flow out of the PSU and be routed behind the motherboard tray. The space between the bottom of an HPTX motherboard and the top of the power supply must be 25 mm or greater.
8 – At least 30 mm of space between the motherboard tray and the back panel, to allow plenty of room to hide cabling behind the motherboard tray.
9 – Minimum of six 5.25 inch front facing bay slots with tooless design for easy DVD, Blue Ray or Reservoir changes.
10 – Room to mount internally, ten or more 3.5 inch hard drives, with all 3.5 slots also being dual 2.5 inch compatible for Solid State drives (SSDs).
11 – One (or more) back mounted 140mm fans. One (or more) front mounted 140mm fans.
12 – Top or front facing mounted I/O hub that includes two or more USB 3.0 ports, standard headphone and microphone jacks, eSATA port and one Firewire.
13 – Minimum dimensions of 270 mm width, 625 mm height, 625 mm of depth (and those dimensions do not include the wheels, handles, etc...)
14 – Precut mounting holes for both rolling case feet (if the uses prefers) or top mounted handles (if the user prefers) with rubber grommets to conceal the holes if not in use (in addition to regular column case feet). Regular column case feet must be 25mm or greater in depth.
15 – Tooless motherboard mounting, tooless PSU mounting, tooless DVD mounting, tooless HDD/SSD mounting..... basically tooless everywhere.
16 – Both side panels, the top panel and the front panel can all come off easily and without tools
Full Tower – Similar specs to the Super Tower but for 140.2 or 120.3 60mm thick rads and EATX motherboards. Room for three 13 inch dual slot cards. Dimensions of 245mm x 590mm x 590 mm
Half Tower – Similar to Super Tower but down graded for 140.1 or 120.2 60 mm thick rads and ATX motherboards. Room for two 13 inch dual slot cards. Dimensions of 220mm x 525 mm x 590 mm
Basically, adapting a universal set of standards means that all future water coolers, will need to do a lot less dremeling. Also, to the many other experienced water cooling guys here at XS, feel free to add a specification, if you feel I missed something important.