A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
External Ghost S1 promo movie (rendered)
JayzTwoCents review of Ghost S1 (external)
First review Sweclockers.com (Subtitled external)
With the fundamental idea of a computer case designed to hold uncompromised performance in a Scandinavian, minimalistic and stunningly small form factor - GHOST S1 was born.
” Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs, it's about deliberately doing something different. We believe we are driving a Generation shift, the Ghost S1 changes a lot, it is like nothing we have ever seen before. It will likely have a significant impact on the market – a new normal – and we hope to see other manufacturers start replicating it. The PC community deserves more refined products that are designed do last! With the Ghost S1 base XS platform we have focused on the essentials and thrown everything that is not critical out the window to prioritize what really matters – some of which are: Cooling performance, ease of build, noise reduction and build quality.”
The minimalistic design of GHOST S1 is not just looks – despite its modest dimensions, it carries countless unique features never seen in a computer case before.
Read about its size, performance, flexibility, quality, compatibility and innovative architecture below.
IMMACULATE ATTENTION TO DETAILS
Milled from solid blocks of aluminum, this case offers a level of quality not seen other PC computer case out there. Glass blasted anodized aluminum exterior, Red heli-coils, pressed stainless steel stand-offs and polished neodymium magnets are just a couple of details that make this case stand out above all others. Nothing has been left untouched, every millimeter of this case has been carefully considered and purposely designed to maintain this level of quality in every single detail.
NO MORE DELIDDING OR DOWNVOLTING
Forget throttling, overheating, noise and performance loss. With the Ghost S1 you will never have to worry about those things anymore. The Ghost is likely to perform significantly better than your full-size system you are rockn' today. Compare it with any other sub 20-liter case and you will be blown away. At the bottom of this page you will find links to our test documents, please read through the CPU AIR cooler report carefully, if you have the possibility to run the same test on your own system, please do to get an idea of what this little “badboy” is capable of!
The GHOST S1 is easiest described in detail by looking at four different structural stages: (1) The Spine, (2) the Core, (3) the side panels and (4) the TopHats.
1. THE SPINE
This is where most of the engineering hours have been spent. Maximizing functionality while simplifying the layout has been the primary guiding principle throughout the design process. The hardware of your choice is mounted directly to the Spine making it the single most vital component of the case. The voids have been carefully calculated to allow multiple points of entry during build without compromising the structural integrity of the case - so convenient that we have a patent pending.
2. THE CORE
Without using any tools, the case is quickly “undressed”, leaving you with the Core where alterations to your config easily can be made. Simply pull the “Grill” up, slide the side panels out and you are in.
3. THE SIDE PANELS
Just like the gables, the side panels are made from extruded magnesium reinforced aluminum that is later CNC milled with 1.320 3 mm holes, the milling creates a gorgeous chamfer on every single hole, making the side panels “come alive”.
We don't believe a computer case should be bigger than necessary. However, being a performance junkie sometimes means you need to fit more stuff than the Average Joe. The TopHat modules are designed to expand the volume of your GHOST S1 XS, making it a S, M, or L. The TopHats are interchangeable between the top and the bottom position.
Build (air cooled)
Build (liquid cooled)
What about custom loops, will you be able to fit a custom made liquid cooling closed loop?
We have put a Ghost S1 in the hands of professional case modders to figure this one out. The system is equipped with some of the latest hardware such as an intel i7 8700K and EVGA 1080ti GPU. Follow the development of this exciting “balls-to-the-walls-build” here:
Credits to Daniel Fagerström who is leading this custom loop project!
FORMATS & COLORS
GHOST S1 comes in three colors and endless form factors - What's your combo? GHOST S1 could be configured in different sizes by adding TopHat(s) of your choice. What you choose to use the extra space for is up to you, but we made it ready to fit the most common 120 mm accessories like fans and radiators right out-of-the-box. The architecture and configurability remove the traditional limits of SFF cases and let’s your imagination set the boundaries.
The Ghost comes in 3 colors, Ash, Limestone and Arctic. They two first are glass blasted to create a deep matt finish before anodized, the Arctic uses far more complex methods to achieve that gorgeous white finish:
Ash. A dark (almost completely black) color that will disappear like a Ghost
Limestone. This finish has no dye, instead the aluminum's natural color is used as a base and the glass blasting gives it a light mat finish
Arctic. A very special anodize method allows us to offer this unique white version, glossier than the other two and more expensive to produce, that's why we need to charge you another 250 SEK for this option and no additional cost for TopHats in with this finish
Colors are selected after the campaign and
There are at least 75 permutations of this case, selecting the right one for you is understandably difficult. To give you more time to make up your minds, TopHats and colors will be selected through a survey after the campaign is over. Only one TopHat is possible to acquire through this platform. However, all backers that opt for a pledge including a TopHat will get the chance to acquire more TopHats before the delivery of the Ghost S1 through other channels.
SPECIFICATION GHOST MKII
ADD-ONS and STRETCH GOALS
Nonstop progression, the Ghost will not stop evolving. We have a list of add-ons that we need your help prioritizing! Naturally it is a win-win-situation to get these out, but at the same time we have limited resources at this point and our number one priority is to deliver the Ghost S1 platform on time – addons projects come second (TopHats aside). An over funded campaign will give us more financial maneuverability and allow us to jumpstart one or two add-on projects depending on their ease of implementation. As stretch goals we will get on a number of these projects right away and do everything in our power to have them ready before your Ghost is delivered.
150% funding level will result in 1 project being executed right away
200% funding level will result in 2 projects being executed right away
250% funding level will result in 3 projects being executed right away
Before the campaign is over we will present these add-ons to you in more detail and ask for your help to prioritize among them. The current list of add-ons is found below, please send us your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to add anything:
COMMUNITY AND "OPEN SOURCE"
We have a vision of shaping a strong community, banding together and tap into each other’s brain-power with the common purpose of creating the ultimate SFF PC platform. The most vital component for creating an efficient cooperative environment is information. When everyone has the same perfect information and ALL the information, communication becomes more direct, a common nomenclature is developed, misunderstandings are minimized etc. This is why we have committed to the promise of sharing the 3D model with the community, for everyone to have absolute information. Feel free to do with it what you want for yourself. The files will be released to backer when everything is 100% set and no more changes are expected.
DIMENSIONS (H x W x D): 188 x 140 x 322 mm
TOPHATS (ACCESSORY): S: 16 mm, M: 26 mm, L: 57 mm
VOLUME & WEIGHT: 8,2 L & 2,5 kg
COLORS: Ash & Limesone
MATERIAL: Extruded and milled heat-treated aluminum alloy and oxidized steel
PCI RISER: Included Armored and shielded Twin Axial 300 mm PCIe 16x Gen3+ riser
POWER SUPPLY: SFX, SFX-L
GPU: 2.1-slot up to 305 mm long
STORAGE: 1 x 2.5" HDD/SSD, 3 x 2.5” with tray + M.2
WATER COOLING: 240 mm AIO radiator thickness 31.5 mm, 2 x 25 mm high fans w. L TopHat
The Ghost S1 MKII has become something considerably different and drastically better than what we initially had in mind. It is a much more refined product today and at the same time the fundamental idea and values have remained. The result should speak for itself, now more than ever! The updated Ghost has received several important improvements, some of the most important ones are listed below:
The entire shell is CNC milled instead of stamped
Outer shell is glass blasted before anodized for a deep matt finish
The CPU cooler clearance has been increased from 63 mm to 66 mm for better compatibility
USB-ports have been removed from the XS model for an ultra-clean look
Slide-in side panels
TopHats are interchangeable between top and bottom position
We aim for global distribution, however unfortunately some locations will be harder for our delivery penguins to reach. If your country is not highlighted on the map below and you still want to back us, do so and contact us after the campaign to figure out the best way of receiving your delivery.
THE PLAN & TIMELINE
This campaign is a major milestone in our journey. Even if we have designed tons of stuff in our professional careers and are all born PC builders and gamers it wasn't until September 2016 we took on the challenge of building and designing the PC case of our dreams. After 180 days in the lab, one cancelled KS campaign, another 180 days in the lab we can finally present GHOST S1 MKII.
LIVESTREAMING DURING THE CAMPAIGN
We would love to show the Ghost hands on in a livestream later during the campaign, this will also give you the opportunity to ask all the questions you might have regarding the product, the process and the time-line ahead
WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE ARE COMING FROM
The expectations on PC hardware performance has reached an all-time high. It feels like last Monday some of us wowed to the “magic” of the Duck Hunt gun – today we take the 233 million pixels per second in our VR-glasses for granted. Meanwhile, PC hardware design and esthetics seem to be stuck in the early 2000’s with what looks like Fast & the Furious cars as design inspiration.
“Being born PC builders and gamers now in our thirties, we had outgrown techy spaceships and dust collecting monsters. We wanted a Small Form Factor PC Case that did not only fit all the latest technology but also looked good enough to deserve a place in front of the sofa next to the TV Speakers. As we couldn't find anything matching our demands we decided to design our own..."
We are a team of entrepreneurial designers and engineers. We founded LOUQE with the ambition of changing the expectations of the PC entertainment and gaming hardware industry - forever.
Even if we sometimes believe we are good enough on our own to meet that promise, we are not! The success of our projects all rest in the hands of our beloved partners, network and the community. We’ve learned the lesson that you need great people to create great stuff. That's why we spent a lot of time, effort, and persuasion in finding and partnering up with some of the best engineers, designers, suppliers, innovators, gurus, fans and end-users the market has to offer - together we can create better products, more efficiently in shorter time than the old fashion way
BUT WAIT... THERE IS MORE
We love the GHOST S1 and have so much to say. more than fits and makes sense to put on this page. Visit us on our homepage or on social media. Tell your friends about us - together we can make this happen!
Unlike many other Kickstarter projects, we've been working on Ghost S1 for some time now and are ready to push the production button. We are in close contact with manufacturers who have made us our prototypes in near-live production environments. However, with crowd funded projects there are always risks involved. We consider the biggest risks to be exact shipment dates and the specifications (slight adjustments to colors, millimeters here and there etc.) however - we promise to report any differences from what has been specified on this site so that we can have an open and transparent dialogue - if needed.
We will post updates on the process and keep an open line of communication with the community and our backers. If you ever have any questions, concerns, or advice, do not hesitate to reach out here on Kickstarter, on our website, or any of our social media channels.
You just spent a fortune on a new 1080Ti GPU and are not yet ready to fully commit. You still want to keep the opportunity open to be one of the first to get your hands on a GHOST S1. A pledge on this level will put you first in line to purchase a GHOST S1 once our virgin batch has left the factory. Of course you'll redeem the pledge amount once placing the order.
You are one of those trigger-happy guys - we salute you! Get your hands on one of the limited number of GHOST S1s to a price way below estimated retail price and we will throw in an extra surprise in the package for you.
Including Swedish VAT (25%)
More TopHats can be ordered separately after campaign end.