That's the best rig in terms of industrial design I've seen so far. Fantastic work old chap, it's *really* impressive.
The proof of the pudding for mining rigs, though, is in the thermodynamics and stability at decent overclocks - and your data showing that you can keep a bunch of 5830s (which get hotter than my 5850s, by a LONG way) appear to show that the rig isn't just a good looker - it performs adequately too.
Damn - I want to redesign and rebuild my 3 frame rigs (already rebuilt three times each and placed in varying orientations!) now - mine are embarrassing in comparison (they're in the big frame rig build thread)...
So many people ignore the importance of industrial design. Apple get a lot of shit thrown their way, but their hardware is both functional *and* attractive. Sometimes, a design that looks damn good also performs well... Damn it - when I've finished this tax return I'm going to comprehensively redesign my rigs. I *like* the combination of wood and metal... but your ally and polycarb construction reminds me immediately of the Apple G4 Cube. I've got one on my desk, though it's too underpowered to do any mining
And as most know, the G4 Cube is in the New York Museum of Modern Art as a permanent exhibit. I'd agree with Stryker's claim that your rig is art - there are aspects which are clearly an expression of aesthetics rather than *merely* appropriate for the job. For example - the polycarb could have been plain transparent 'perspex'... but the choice of frosted / translucent sections makes it *look* so much better. And if you just used the frosted stuff because it was the only material you could find, or that it was the cheapest, then hell - it's *still* art. Call it subconscious aesthetic selection.
Since your rig is so exceptionally well designed, are you involved with industrial design in your career?
Finally, who'd have thought it? That plastic kid turns up to thread-crap again. Wow, anyone see a pattern emerging here?