Thursday, June 6th 2019

MonsterLabo Shows Off "The First" at Computex

MonsterLabo, a new name in the world of case design, had it's new case model showed off at this year's Computex. The First, as it is called, is MonsterLabo's attempt to bring a case, capable of passively cooling high-performance components. The goal of the case is to cool the components that have combined TDP of under 220 Watts (CPU: 100W / GPU: 120W) when cooled 100% passively and up to 300 Watts (CPU: 140W / GPU: 160W) when cooled with 140 mm fan spinning around 500 RPM. You can use 120 mm fan as well, but that would probably require slightly higher RPM as a smaller fan produces less airflow. One could fit pretty decent mid-range card in there like 2060 with either an i7 or Ryzen 7 CPU, which would result in a pretty powerful gaming machine. In MonsterLabo's shop there are some configurations with i5 9600k and RTX 2070, so appears that you can combine anything you want as long as it is around 300W of combined TDP. The case has a steel frame, with premium quality anodized aluminium for the panels. There were some prototypes with glass and wooden panels, but the production cases have aluminium panels available in either black or white. The prices are ranging from €250 for pre-production case, to €429 for "premium package". They are already shipping, with 4-8 business days of delivery time, according to MonsterLabo. You can check out more about the case on MonsterLabo's website.
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11 Comments on MonsterLabo Shows Off "The First" at Computex

#1
P4-630
I'm curious about the actual CPU/GPU temps.
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GreiverBlade
P4-630
I'm curious about the actual CPU/GPU temps.
i am more concerned about the VRM and vRAM temps .... and mobo VRM also ... for 300w .... that's one hell of a big case (for a SFF one) for a setup that would fit into a standard SFF ITX case with some "almost silent" cooling.
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#3
Crackong
Watched the online review.
This thing has millions of screws and disassembles like a DIY PC case.
Hope they can put more work on the case itself.
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#5
erixx
Mobos could be designed to properly transfer (some of) their heat through the mounting screws to the metal case (with an added internal layer I believe) but maybe it's negligible.
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#6
Ferrum Master
That's the custom treatment I've been arguing about that 3K priced HTPC.

Not looking bad actually.

GreiverBlade
i am more concerned about the VRM and vRAM temps .... and mobo VRM also ... for 300w .... that's one hell of a big case (for a SFF one) for a setup that would fit into a standard SFF ITX case with some "almost silent" cooling.
Case of fine tuning needed. Just one or two heatpipes to the head... just like in laptops.
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#7
bonehead123
1st, as in "1st of 5", whereby resistance is futile, hummmm ???

I find it to be interesting design, however I think it would be a dust collector, and if they gonna call it a "white" version, then every single part & piece needs to be WHITE for cryin out loud.... as it stands now, it is a Black & White rig....
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#8
Chrispy_
It looks like the CPU and GPU cooling blocks are in a fixed location, yet the position of the CPU and GPU that need to be cooled are variable, based on the make/model of graphics card and motherboard.

Zalman got around the problem with some really janky heatpipe+paste solution that was nowhere near as good as a soldered connection. With the way these heatpipes are soldered to the fins, I don't see how that would even be possible here.
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GreiverBlade
Ferrum Master
Case of fine tuning needed. Just one or two heatpipes to the head... just like in laptops.
mmhhh well it's not laptop hardware ... thus ... VRM and vRAM and mobo VRM need proper cooling ...

ok you can add a 120/140mm to the setup and past some HS on the aforementioned spot (like it's done on my 8800 Ultra with a Prolimatech Mk 26 )but that will not be a fanless passive build ... and it's definitively not adequate for the TDP they mention if no fan and proper VRM vRAM cooling (unless heavily undervolted/underpowered build ... which would defeat the purpose in the end )

although i join you on the "Not looking bad actually. "
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crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
GreiverBlade
mmhhh well it's not laptop hardware ... thus ... VRM and vRAM and mobo VRM need proper cooling ...

ok you can add a 120/140mm to the setup and past some HS on the aforementioned spot (like it's done on my 8800 Ultra with a Prolimatech Mk 26 )but that will not be a fanless passive build ... and it's definitively not adequate for the TDP they mention if no fan and proper VRM vRAM cooling (unless heavily undervolted/underpowered build ... which would defeat the purpose in the end )

although i join you on the "Not looking bad actually. "
Honestly if the Top could take a thick fan its likely it could handle a decent system and still be inaudible.

My Silverstone 180mm air penetrator moves enough air I can feel it 6ft away while being inaudible (sub 33 dBA ambient noise in a room with nothing on and only LIVE outside so slight breeze, birds chrip etc causing small spikes to 34 dBA)

With proper ventilation they could likely do what Corsair did and use convection assissted cooling with a fan set as exhaust as well and proper venting in the necessary places.
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GreiverBlade
crazyeyesreaper
Honestly if the Top could take a thick fan its likely it could handle a decent system and still be inaudible.

My Silverstone 180mm air penetrator moves enough air I can feel it 6ft away while being inaudible (sub 33 dBA ambient noise in a room with nothing on and only LIVE outside so slight breeze, birds chrip etc causing small spikes to 34 dBA)

With proper ventilation they could likely do what Corsair did and use convection assissted cooling with a fan set as exhaust as well and proper venting in the necessary places.
totally true ... i had a Silverstone mATX case with a SST 180 AP as sole fan ... but i still maintain those VRM and vRAM on the GPU need proper HS on them ;)
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