Cryorig has announced its new cylindrical PC chassis, which enables system makers and enthusiasts to build Mac Pro-styled gaming computers. The new case can house one graphics card and a mini-ITX motherboard. While the chassis can formally support a variety of components, actual capabilities of such PCs will be limited by PSUs and cooling. The Ola PC case will only hit the market in 2017. In addition, Cryorig announced its ultra-slim desktop chassis called Taku.

Ola: Designed for Gamers, Inspired by Mac Pro

The Cryorig Ola PC chassis can house an SFX power supply unit, a motherboard in mini-ITX form-factor, a typical full-height high-end graphics card (up to 280 mm in length), one 3.5” HDD as well as one or two 2.5” storage devices. The chassis is divided into two compartments: one for the motherboard with the CPU as well as storage devices, another for the graphics card. Inside, Cryorig’s Ola has a rather sophisticated internal cooling system that relies on one big 140 mm fan and two shark-gill like side air intake ducts (one for each compartment) that run the length of the case and let in cool air from the outside. Components like CPU and GPU will have to use their own cooling solutions.

At present, Cryorig does not reveal anything about the maximum TDP of a GPU that the Ola chassis can house, but claims that the maximum TDP of its CPU should not be higher than 100 W, which is enough for non-overclocked Intel Core i7 K-series processors in LGA1151 packaging, but which does not give any headroom for overclocking. The 100 W limitation is likely conditioned by supported cooling system, which cannot be higher than 72 – 82 mm and its top cannot be larger than 92×92 mm. In its press materials, Cryorig shows off its Ola chassis with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, which consumes up to 180 W. Hence, it should be possible to build a fairly powerful PC using the Ola.

On the aesthetics end, the Ola features a modular front and back panel for multiple textured options. Right now, the company considers brushed aluminum and wood veneer, but when the product hits the market, other options could emerge. Due to its cylindrical form-factor and a tricky internal architecture, the Ola from Cryorig will have a limited amount of external connectors, including at least one for display, audio input/output, a USB 3.0 and so on.

Cryorig Ola: Quick Specs
Dimensions (W×H×D) 226 mm × 378.5 mm × 205 mm
Weight 5 kilograms
Motherboard Form-Factor Mini ITX
PSU Form-Factor SFX
3.5" Drive Bays 1
2.5" Drive Bays 1 or 2
System Fan 120 mm
CPU Cooler Dimensions Up to 72~82 mm in height
Graphics Card Length 280 mm
PSU Length 130 mm
External Connectors Power, Audio, USB 3.0, Display

Cryorig started to work on the Ola only recently and the chassis is still a work in progress, which is why the company keeps the final specs. The maker hopes to release Ola sometimes in Q2 2017, about a year from now. The early prototypes will be on display at Computex trade show next month.

Gallery: Cryorig Ola

Taku: Neat, Slim, Holds Your Display

Next up is the Cryorig Taku ultra-slim desktop, which is made of 3 mm thick aluminum and which can be used as a display stand. The internal architecture of the Taku is rather simple: it has one sliding drawer, which can house a mini-ITX motherboard with a CPU, a graphics card (which is no longer than 240 mm), storage components as well as an SFX PSU.

Due to slim form-factor, the CPU will have to use a cooler, which is no higher than 47 mm, which brings some limitations to TDP and almost certainly leaves no space for any tangible overclocking. Right now, Cryorig is trying to figure out how to best cool-down internal components of the chassis, which is why it does not share its own recommendations regarding CPUs and GPUs.

Cryorig Taku: Quick Specs
Dimensions (W×H×D) 567 mm × 134.8 mm × 207 mm
Weight 8 kilograms
Motherboard Form-Factor Mini ITX
PSU Form-Factor SFX
3.5" Drive Bays 1
2.5" Drive Bays 1 or 2
System Fan TBD
CPU Cooler Dimensions Up to 42 mm in height
Graphics Card Length 250 mm
PSU Length 130 mm
External Connectors Power, Audio, USB 3.0, Display

Like the Ola, the Taku is also a work in progress with targeted release dates in late 2016 or the first quarter of 2017. Early prototypes will be demonstrated at Computex.

Gallery: Cryorig Taku

Source: Cryorig

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  • sharath.naik - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    This is a twist on Dan's A4 case. Except bigger, less flexibility for adding SSDs, less flexible in how you want to place this and needs active cooling. The need for active cooling does provide an option for dust filter that is the only advantage I see.
  • edzieba - Friday, May 27, 2016 - link

    So... Nothing like the Dan A4? Different layout, different chassis style, different chassis shape, different airflow path... I suppose you can get them in the same colour.
  • sharath.naik - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    I would buy it though since A4 case still has no release date from Lian Li
  • iFreilicht - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - link

    The A4 isn't sold by LianLi. It will be crowdfunded, the campaign is literally starting in 6 hours or so.
  • tipoo - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    Mac Pro form factor with an upgradable GPU capable of fitting a 1080?

    Pssst, Apple...This.
  • xype - Friday, May 27, 2016 - link

    Is it still a "Mac Pro form factor" if it’s bigger? And not a small amount, either, height is 378 mm vs 251 mm, for example.
  • Psycownage - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    Are they working with the guys that designed the dune pc or did they just completely rip it off?
  • michael2k - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    And did the Dune PC just completely rip off the Mac Pro?
  • asuglax - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - link

    And Jony Ive wants you to believe that every trash can ripped off the Mac Pro.
  • michael2k - Friday, May 27, 2016 - link

    So you agree that the Mac Pro design was in fact copied by Dune PC? Myself, I think the Ola is distinct from the Dune (and Mac Pro) because Ola pulls in air from the sides where the Mac Pro and Dune pull in air from the bottom of the case. There are clear differences even between Mac Pro and Dune, as well, since the Mac Pro crams in 2 GPUs and not just a single.

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