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.
”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.
Small Form Factor. One of the smallest and most innovative full performance cases out there
Full Performance. Possibility to fit a 2 slot 305 mm GPU, water-cooling, SFX-L and much more compared to your regular SSFs – add extra cooling fans and make it dead silent
Full Flexibility. With the expansion concept "TopHats" you easily make the case just the size you need
All About Quality. Manufactured from extruded and heat-treated aluminum alloy
Optimal Airflow. Air is pulled in by each heat generating component and directed upwards through the top
Uni-body Architecture. The stand-alone Spine gives unparalleled rigidity and enables the fastest and most convenient build we've experience
NO MORE DELIDDING
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. Please read through the report below 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
TheWithout using tools, the case is quickly “undressed”, leaving you with the Core where alterations to your config easily can be made. Simply pull the “Grill” and side panels up and you are in.
3. THE SIDE PANELS
Just like the gables, the side panels are made from extruded 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 junky 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)
FORMATS & COLORS
The fundamental idea of GHOST S1 is a computer case designed to hold uncompromised performance in a package that looks stunning yet not bigger than necessary. To make it suitable for every occasion or placement the GHOST S1 comes in two colors and endless form factors - What's your combo?
GHOST S1 could be configured in different sizes by adding a TopHat of your choice. TopHats are acquired separately either in your order or when you are growing out of your XS. 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. For more customized mods we will make mounting brackets and accessories available for order and free download on our site - let us know what you require!
The Ghost comes in 2 colors, Ash and Limestone. They are both glass blasted to create a deep matt finish before anodized:
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 that shifts between white and light grey at different angles – the impression is like something from another planet
There are at least 50 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
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: Dual-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
CPU HEATSINK: Up to 66 mm
GHOST S1 vs GHOST S1 MkII
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.