I posted this in the Fractal forum whilst watching the teeth gnashing and wrist slitting from folk who feel that their M3V1 has become redundant.
I can feel their pain a bit on this. I felt that way with my Ultra. I bought mine in late 2010 not knowing that the second version was not too far off. I didn't get nearly as long on the updates as those that got in at the beginning. I felt slighted that my unit was sort of cast to the side to focus on and support the new shiny unit. I understand the need to focus on the new stuff to advance it. I still feel like at the cost of these units it would have been nice to have longer support for those that bought in closer to the release of a new unit. I stayed away from Fractal after that and had a bit of an attitude about the whole thing.
Fast forward to this year...they announced the FM9 and that unit looks like it will really work for me. I know they have made a lot of advancements in their software. I am going to buy one and give it a try. I am buying this with the expectation that it will get some improvements but at some point will be what ever it is when they stop supporting it. That is how I feel about my Ultra these days. At least this time I understand the game and have an appropriate expectation going in. I may actually sell my Ultra if I really like the FM9 and feel that it will do all that I want it to do.