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Topic Title: PROJECT: PHENOM (AMD's Spider Launch Platform) ATI CrossFireX
Topic Summary: Case Mod Project For AMD
Created On: 11/21/2007 06:58 AM
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 11/21/2007 06:58 AM
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Hello AMD Forums!

We're modding a case and building a system for AMD's launch of their new quad-core "spider platform", the Phenom FX CPU, 790FX chipset, and ATI Radeon HD CrossFireX.

Introducing the Project Phenom Build Team!

I'm very happy to have met Carlos (guru) from PLanetAMD64 The most knowledgeable AMD/ATI system builder on the net. Thanks to guru, we landed this task! At some point, Carlos will fly up from Miami to Mnpctech's studio in Minneapolis to record the system installation and trial run.

We've also got my good friend and business affiliate Dave Lalopa, owner of PCDesignLab.com. Dave's designs and manufacturers his own line of SFF cases. The first custom case Mnpctech did for Dave sold within 4 days! and no PC design/engineering job is too small for Dave either.

The 3rd talent is my long time friend, cnc mill artisan, and chopper builder, Craig Guth is making his first ever appearances in my videos. Craig was building custom bikes before there was a Discovery channel. We're going to explore more of Craig's amazing talents in another video segment.

As for me, I own Mnpctech.com I've learned the key to earning a living from case modding is knowing when to limit yourself. I enjoy these projects so much that I sometimes get lost in them. "what if we did this too? how cool would this be?!" I'm learning to not take on more than I can deliver. This type of opportunity doesn't come around much. You either take the ball and run, or go home. I opt for making a TD everytime!

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Part 1 Video Segment

This is the brainstorming session video after the new SwordM tower arrives at Mnpctech's workshop direct from Thermaltake's factory in Taiwan. This was a pre-production sample. You can't even buy this case in the US yet. This is a real exclusive!

YouTube Video Part 1

Part 2 Video Segment

Remember the "Biker Dude" Craig from the first segment? I take you to his shop CNC Metal Craft and show you some of his other work in the beginning. He milled all of the parts on the chopper, including the rims on the same cnc mill.

YouTube Video Part 2


PROJECT: AMD PHENOM FX - S P O N S E R S














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Edited: 11/22/2007 at 08:22 AM by mnpctech
 11/21/2007 06:59 AM
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The first toy we received in the video, Thermaltake's 7" LCD was originally introduced for TT's Mozart TX case. It won't fit a standard 5.25 bay, sorry! Although anything is possible after some modification. It has a touch screen. TBH, I'm very impressed with the overall quality of the unit.. The remote signal strength could be better tho. The 1600 x 1024 pictures pretty decent. I/O: USB, VGA, Video In/Out, Audio In/Out














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 11/21/2007 07:12 AM
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This is Aerocool's Silver Lightning Silent White 120mm LED Fan. It's a decent fan and since I'm planning either polish or chrome plate the new case shell, I think these fans fit the bill. I'm still shopping for fan controller options.

# Operating Voltage: 10.2-13.8 VDC
# Air Flow: 65 CFM
# Speed: 1,500 RPM±10%
# Noise: 26.58 dBA







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 11/22/2007 08:21 AM
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This is what I was most interested in seeing up close. The quad-core CrossfireX (4x ATI Radeon HD 3800 cards) AMD informed Carlos that the Catalyst 7.12 with quad-Crossfire support will be released in beta on 12/5/2007. He did get to see the quad-Crossfire in action while at the press junket in Lake Tahoe.

Carlos told me "Bloody amazing. And they are way more flexible than Nvidia's solution. Raja Koduri, the CTO of ATI, demoed GPU based HD encoding to HD at 3x speeds (1min of HD video encoded in 20 sec)! And they do physics processing as well."






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 11/28/2007 12:03 PM
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I've been imagining an air intake plate for the bezel, cause I still need something for the front..

Heres the designs AMD used for marketing the phenom spider platform.. I'll post any sketches I come up with



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 11/28/2007 03:01 PM
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Very nice. Those 3870's look a little crowded though... wouldn't heat be a problem?

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 11/28/2007 03:17 PM
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Watched the videos last week, when do we get to see part 3,4,etc....? I want more!

Ya those 2 middle cards are sandwiched together, how do you cool them properly?

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 11/28/2007 09:04 PM
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Wow...very sweet. Nice to see some support and action for AMD. I'm stoked and can't wait to see more videos!

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 11/30/2007 06:55 AM
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Thanks for the replies!

We're waiting for some details from AMD before we can finalize some designs. I will keep you updated!

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 11/30/2007 07:08 AM
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I'm not really into case mods my self but this looks pretty sweet and I enjoy just watching and viewing them, like a fine piece of art. All my cases are on the floor on the sides of our desks so I don't even see them unless I have to install something from a CD/DVD.

Are you going to do any benchmarking when it's finished?

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 12/01/2007 06:58 AM
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Originally posted by: EdgemealAre you going to do any benchmarking
when it's finished?


We plan to record the system install for you and run benchmark tests. I'd also hope we have a copy of Crysis

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 12/03/2007 02:08 AM
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Saw this over at XFN and I heard Carlos talk about it a lot at Tahoe - looks good man, keep up the good work..

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 12/11/2007 08:11 AM
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Thanks mpcgamer! good to see you here.

Have new progress photos to share with you, heres the side access panel, remember this panel was milled in 1/2" thick 6061 aluminum! Notice how the TT SwordM's factory bezel nicely matchs our new side panel? The center disc is the base or "tumbler" for the airlock latch.. more on that later

More photo updates soon, stay tuned!





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 12/12/2007 11:06 AM
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Everything except for the black anodized chassis will be chrome plated. I "may" powdercoat the chassis, but I have to really think about what color I want.. it would have to be very unique.. otherwise I like the idea of everthing being black and stealthed out of site.. it's very easy to hide black

The door came together beautifully. It closes perfectly.. It's the first time I've seen a cabinet style access door on a computer case that functioned and looked this good. Do not be surprised if a China manufacturer copies it.

We'll show how it opens in the next video segment. More Close ups of the panel, Thank you for letting me know what you think of everything! It fuels everyone involved with this project!

the tumbler for the rotary latch, fabricated brackets for the new panels, milled features












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 12/18/2007 07:58 AM
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Hey gang,

This was the first sample 120mm fan grill from the waterjet cutter.
This 1/8" thick 6061 aluminum. The actual grills will be cut from virgin sheets of alum, so theres no knicks or scratches. We're still waiting confirmation as to when the final grills will be cut, so Dave can record everything for the next video segment. I will keep all of you updated as soon as I hear more.



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 12/18/2007 11:55 AM
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Very nice. Did you have the other two designs jet cut also?

I would very much like to see the video of the door manufacture or operation. I'm wondering if you do this all "in house" or contract out the machining work?

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 12/20/2007 08:16 AM
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yes, I did, Thank you... The cnc work is being performed by Craig Guth (in video) He owns CNC Metalcraft in Minnesota

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 01/06/2008 10:54 AM
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The Waterjet Fan Grills will be arriving this week. They were supposed to have been finished before Xmas, but the order was neglected. We can only assume because the quanity was small, (12 pieces) the Waterjet outfit didn't put the job on the priority list. Dave Lalopa had also asked that he was contacted in advnace before they were cut so he could record it for our next video installment. They neglected to do that. The good news, Dave says they look great! The bad news is, that waterjet outfit won't be getting our business again

The milled side panels are going to the chrome plater this week. The top panel is still under construction.

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 01/06/2008 07:09 PM
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Very nice work dude! Nice log you've been keeping here too, very fun to read and look at.

I was curious who the "we" that are working on this project are so I went to your website. Very impressive stuff. How large is your business, is it just you or are there others working with you?

...and out of curiousity, have you ever thought of trying something with either a dieselpunk or steampunk theme?

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Edited: 01/06/2008 at 07:13 PM by Decembermouse
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Hi Decembermouse, Mnpctech is me and Tom Hawkinson, ..Craig Guth is my machinist and Dave Lalopa from PCdesignlab is a sponser. Did you watch the first video? Yes, Steampunk idea has been kicked around a few times

The phenom project fan grills are finally here! I'll post more pics as I get them sorted

First up, PlanetAMD64 120mm fan grills waterjet cut from 1/8" thick 6061 aircraft aluminum









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