Cubitek Magic Cube 8HDD ReviewCompxpert - April 21, 2011
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One of the most important things in any build to consider is the case you buy. For many a case is simply something to just house your components in and keep them cool. For some however, this may simply not be enough. A case should look good but at the same time protect the components you spent your hard earned money on. Today however, a new comer to the case market, Cubitek, has something a bit different than usual to present.
You may be familiar with modular cases because of the ThermalTake Level 10. In case you aren't though a modular case incorporates separate sections for the motherboard and other components in order to isolate heat sources from one another. Unlike the Level 10 this case from Cubitek, dubbed the Magic Cube 8HDD model, it goes about separating the components in separate cube shaped chassis. Thus we have a separate box to house the motherboard, CPU, and video card in addition to other expansion components as well as separate boxes for the hard disk drives and CD/DVD or other 5.25" devices you may have. This case already seems interesting enough given the modular design, but how much will this really impact internal temperatures? First let's see what exactly we have here.
First impressions given the front of the box, only lead me to believe this case is somehow cube shaped. Accord to the front of the box this series of case from Cubitek supports E-ATX as well as XL-ATX. The side of the box is a little deceiving, as first it informs me that this case supports Mini-ITX which scared me a bit, although after a look at their website my fears quickly went away. This is the only area the multi language specifications mess up on, otherwise this case appears to be quite a contender just from these specs, which include support for up to eight hard disk drives and the inclusion of a total of six fans.The back of the box gives a little more description of the major case features in addition to giving us a glance of what this case looks like. Finally on the last side of the box we have a printed list of features, which include large graphics card and heatsink support as well as mentioning that the chassis is split between three separate units, which house the motherboard and PSU, 2.5" and 3.5" internal drives, and 5.25" external drives.
Upon opening the box we are greeted with a piece of Styrofoam which covers the top of the first two case components. Once outside of the packaging we are greeted with our three modular cubes wrapped in plastic.
So just what does it look like? More on that in the next section.