Back in July, folks at Protocase have created what may just be the world’s smallest SLI ready PC case that, interestingly, is able to house several top of the line components. According to the company, the ultra slim PC case was made specifically for Lukasz Dyjakon, an Australian IT consultant.
On the outside, nothing about the custom SLI ready PC case screams for attention. Looking at it from afar, one could have mistaken it for one of Dell’s Precision Tower 3000 Series workstation PCs. Of course, this was intentionally done to cater for Dyjakon’s request to have a small and simplistically designed chassis.
That said, the components that was able to be fitted inside the 30cm x 30cm x 10cm PC case is nothing short of miraculous. For starters, one would be able to fit two full-sized graphics cards onto the side of the case. Protocase managed to equip the case with two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards. One downside (depending on how you look at it) to this configuration would be the way that both graphics cards are placed.
Instead of being stacked on one another – like your typical SLI configuration – the GTX 1080s in this PC case were laid flat, across each other. Due to this odd placement, Protocase had to use PCIe risers to connect the graphics cards to the motherboard. Meanwhile, custom SLI bridges were also used to connect both GTX 1080s together.
Other components include an Intel Core i7-6700K processor that is cooled using Noctua’s NH-L9i CPU cooler. In addition, the PC case is also fitted with 32GB (4 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAMs. When it comes to storage, Protocase has opted for the Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 SSD along with a 2.5-inch SanDisk Ultra II 960GB SSD. All of the aforementioned components are connected to the Asus Maximus VIII Gene mATX motherboard, which is powered by the FSP Group 850W power supply.
Unfortunately, since this is a custom PC case, it would be very unlikely that Protocase will be manufacturing it in volumes – at least for the time being. Even more so when one looks at the price. To put things into perspective, all of the components used in the custom PC case totals to a price of CAD$3,500 (about RM10,980). The PC case itself costs CAD$4,025 (around RM12,620) – which evidently costs more than all of the components it houses.