Tuesday, March 8th 2016

Dune Case is the Mac Pro Lookalike That Everyone Can Have

Dune Case is a premium small form-factor PC case that should instantly remind you of the latest Apple Mac Pro, but packing whatever hardware (or software) you wish it had, in its 260 mm x 215 mm x 215 mm dimensions. Its designer is raising $130,000 on Kickstarter to get it to the shelves, and has already raised half the amount, with 8 days of fundraising to go. You can back the project from this page. The aluminium-built case comes in rose gold and black.

Unlike the Mac Pro, which features a cylindrical design with key components arranged along three sides of a triangular structure, with cooling machinery taking up its center; the Dune Case takes a different approach. It's spit into three compartments vertically along the bore of the cylinder, with the center holding a mini-ITX motherboard, one side with room for a full-height yet under 185 mm graphics card (connected to the motherboard through a PCIe riser); and the third compartment holding two 2.5-inch drives. A custom rear panel plugs into your motherboard, and an SFX power supply (not included) fuels your build. The main air channel is a 140 mm spinner that spouts warm air from the top.
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68 Comments on Dune Case is the Mac Pro Lookalike That Everyone Can Have

#1
R-T-B
Looks like a GPU's version of hell (heat).

Top fan might help with that though.
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#2
WithoutWeakness
It'll be interesting to see what happens to this if Apple feels like it infringes on their Mac Pro design patent. It's clearly a clone on the outside but the entire inside structure is different. I believe the triangular "Thermal Core" is a big part of how Apple got a design patent for the Mac Pro and this clearly doesn't use any sort of shared heatsink design close to that so it may be fine? If Apple comes at them hard there's no way they have any money to take them on in court, though.

For those who are curious: http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/patog/week49/OG/html/1421-2/US09207729-20151208.html
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#3
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
God that would be a bitch to cable manage
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#4
EarthDog
Glad they reached out to you first instead of spamming the forums....
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#5
lZKoce
I don't mint this case on the market, but I wonder how come he doesn't have IP- rights ..ahem...open points :)
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#7
ironwolf
Waiting for someone to get one of these and have people point at it like an ashtray. :D
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#8
Sasqui
WithoutWeakness, post: 3427904, member: 111812"
It'll be interesting to see what happens to this if Apple feels like it infringes on their Mac Pro design patent. It's clearly a clone on the outside but the entire inside structure is different. I believe the triangular "Thermal Core" is a big part of how Apple got a design patent for the Mac Pro and this clearly doesn't use any sort of shared heatsink design close to that so it may be fine? If Apple comes at them hard there's no way they have any money to take them on in court, though.

For those who are curious: http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/patog/week49/OG/html/1421-2/US09207729-20151208.html
I thought apple owned the rectangle and by extension, the cylinder? :shadedshu:
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#9
buildzoid
It was dumb when apple did it and it's still dumb now.
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#10
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
and then apple starts another war...
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#11
ERazer
interesting, my might grab one for mini gaming rig
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#12
chlamchowder
I like the idea of a small case, and with a blower type graphics card it might actually work pretty well.

Personally though, I'm don't like this or the Mac Pro - it looks too much like a garbage can.
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#13
trump
can i put my EVGA GeForce GTX 750 in to that ?
its nice and full aluminum make it very cold :P
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#14
Solaris17
Dainty Moderator
wow they did a great job at making it look like the apple units! I'm mega happy I don't need to put any thought into my purchasing decision because I made up my mind a few years ago when I originally decided it looked like crap.
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#15
PP Mguire
Without knowing how the rest of the layout is for now I'll say I like the concept.
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#16
rlatoo
MSI's Vortex gaming PC takes on Apple's Mac Pro


I MUST SAY IF APPLE CLAIMS PATEN INFRINGEMENT THEY WILL HAVE TO GO AFTER MSI TOO..
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#17
Scrizz
I wouldn't mind one.
would be fun to mess with.
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#18
trump
please helppppp me :respect: i want that !
can you tell me can i use my EVGA 780 on that ???????????:rockout:
i want that ! :banghead:
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#19
Caring1
Now if only monitors were wireless too, then it could sit remotely on a shelf.
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#20
tjmagneto
I'd love to buy one of those cases before Apple sues them.
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#22
SteveS45
Nothing wrong with a round case. But thermals could be a nightmare unless done right.
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#23
R-T-B
TheGuruStud, post: 3428193, member: 42692"
Not the retarded trash can, again
You know, with the cult following apple has, it would not surprise me if they could have named it the "Retarded Trash Can(tm)" and still sold millions...
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#24
TheGuruStud
R-T-B, post: 3428233, member: 41983"
You know, with the cult following apple has, it would not surprise me if they could have named it the "Retarded Trash Can(tm)" and still sold millions...
What's worse is that copying the look only legitimizes Apple's worthless crap.
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#25
R-T-B
TheGuruStud, post: 3428251, member: 42692"
What's worse is that copying the look only legitimizes Apple's worthless crap.
To jump off the apple hating bus momentarily, I did at least like the look of the old G5 chassis. But today, bleh, it's not only underpowered, but uninspired as well IMO.
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