The DB1 is an ultra-compact fanless ITX case, designed to be paired with the new generation of APU/IGPUs, that is both competitively priced and built without any sacrifice on design or quality.
With a total volume less than 5l, the DB1 is our most compact fanless case but can still comfortably handle 45W of cooling, which is ideal for power-efficient systems based, especially when combined with the new generation of APU/IGPUs that deliver excellent performance/watt.
The DB1 is constructed from 4mm thick aluminium panels, a 21mm thick extruded heat sink, solid aluminium rods and is made using CNC milling and finished with sandblasted/anodised surface treatment, but despite using these premium materials, processing and finishing, is extremely competitively priced.
INCREDIBLE BUILD QUALITY AND FINISH
The DB1 is one of the most competitively priced fanless cases on the market, but this does not mean quality has been sacrificed.
Using the same extruded aluminium, precision CNC milling processes and sandblasted anodise finish as our premium products, the DB1 has an amazing build quality with thick panels and solid aluminium pillars.
VERSATILE AND MODULAR
The DB1 was of course design to work primarily in the vertical orientation as that occupies the least amount of desk space and also gives the best cooling performance as convection is optimised. It can however also be used in the horizontal orientation with the ability to position the front I/O at either side of the case.
The front I/O is also modular and uses the same module as the DA2 so included Type-A 19PIN can be replaced with an optional Type-C 19PIN or 3.1 Gen2 or any future standard.
THE CASE IS THE COOLER
With our approach to fanless, the cooling is done by the case itself and the DB1 is no exception. Heat is transferred from the CPU to the heat sink (side panel) using 6mm copper heat pipes and dissipated into the environment along its surface and fins which are optimised for natural convection.
ULTRA COMPACT DESIGN
It’s hard to appreciate just how small and tightly packed some our compact cases are, to the extent that we sometimes get asked if it’s possible to install an SFX or even ATX PSU inside them.
For some context, the DB1 is not much larger than the ITX motherboard it holds, and this ultra small form factor is only made possible by the use of a NanoPSU that plugs directly into the motherboard.
DESIGN SIMPLICITY AND MODULARITY
This exploded view maybe look complicated, but it hard to overstate just how simple and ingenious the design is. The entire case can be disassembled with just 4 screws making installation of the motherboard and CPU cooler easier. As the case is symmetrical, the panels can be rearranged to the front I/O is modular meaning it can be replaced with an alternative port.
In the past, CPU TDP was a measure of the maximum required cooling performance of a cooler to maintain the normal operating temperature of the CPU. With the advent of performance “boosting” technologies, the specified TDP is no longer an accurate representation of the required cooling performance, but more a baseline reference. When these technologies are enabled, CPUs can boost well above the specified TDP rating and they try to take advantage of thermal overheads. It is therefore important when choosing a CPU for a fanless case to consider the actual maximum TDP that the CPU can output. Wherever possible, aim for a CPU TDP that is below the case TDP rating or consider BIOS settings that will limit the CPU to the maximum TDP supported by the case.
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The heat pipes on the DB1 run up and away from the motherboard, so in principle, all motherboards with a socket that is compatible with the included universal mount can be used. If you are not sure, just get in touch with our support team and send a link to the motherboard you are considering.
The DB1 does not have support for a PCIe card, so you won’t be able to populate the slot on your ITX motherboard
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