Cubitek Magic Cube 8HDD ReviewCompxpert - April 21, 2011
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I couldn't really get away without talking about the inside of the case. Every panel is removable from all three of the cubes, which allows full access to the inside of the case. This is great not only for the ease of access to your components, but it also allows the case to be used as a easy to access test bench. Some panels are secured with screws that require a provided 2.5mm Allen wrench. Starting again with the ODD cube we have a look from every side top to bottom. With the Magic Cube, it seems we don't have any provided tool-less solution for the ODD bays, which means you need to secure your drives with screws. Also provided in the second bay is an available 3.5" slot via an adapter.
Unlike the ODD cube the HDD cube does feature an almost tool-less solution to install the drives. Provided are enough screws and rubber wheels to get you going. Simply secure four wheels to the sides of the hard drive you're inserting and then install. Looking at the first image you may notice a thumb screw securing a plate that is covering the area around the hard drive rails. Once you install your drives this plate can be moved down to secure them in place.
Last but certainly not least we have the primary area of our build, the motherboard cube. As you can see included on the motherboard tray are plenty of holes to run wires through in addition to a back plate hole for your heatsinks and water blocks. Note also the notches in the front and top of the case. These notches are where the included fans mount up. Probably the greatest feature about this case is its form factor compatibility which ranges from mATX to E-ATX. The case also benefits in its modular design in yet another way, besides large form factor support. This also benefits graphics cards, because, let's face it - they just seem to be getting longer these days.
Up next we have the bottom of the motherboard cube as well as our internal connections for our front panel I/O, which includes the audio and USB connections as well as eSATA, power, reset, HDD LED, and power LED. Here we also have our included accessories which consists of all the needed hardware to set up the case as well as included power cables, which allow you to hook up your distant fans, hard disk drives, and optical drives. All of the included power cables are SATA based so no 4-pin Molex connectors here, besides the 4-pin Molex to SATA power.
Not included however are any data cables for your drives so you will have to buy some and depending on how you want to configure the case you will need even longer cabels. In the default configuration shown on the box, which has the ODD/HDD cubes stacked on one another next to the motherboard cube, you need at least a minimum of a 1 meter (39") length SATA data cable for all of your drives including your optical drive. Lastly, we have three of our included 140mm fans. In total, six fans are included - five of them are 140mm whilst one is 120mm. Each of the five 140mm fans are screwed into two brackets, which have screws and grommets in the side. Included are five fan filters which sit under these brackets on the reverse side of the fan. These then mount into the slider holes included in the fan areas of the motherboard and HDD cubes. Other than the size specifications no other specification is given for the fans.
Now we finally arrive at the build results. Being able to take all of the panels off was a nice touch, as it made installation easier, though removing the screws can be a bit tedious. The install went fairly smoothly with minimal problems. However, given how this case is laid out, there is little space between the motherboard tray and the side panel behind it, so there is no place to go with wires beside outside the case to the other chassis compartments, or to the bottom of each chassis compartment. The case also quite literally has enough space for a ThermalRight Ultra Extreme mounted vertically. I say quite literally, because the heatsink needs to be tilted slightly to have the fan brackets avoid contact with the top fan. It would be nice if long data cables had been included as I had to acquire some in order to complete the build. However, that should be obvious given the nature of this case design.
So it does need longer cabling to get it going, but that doesn't detract from the potential this case has. The modular design should serve it well in testing.