Cubitek XL Tank ReviewCompxpert - August 14, 2011
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At first glance of the inside, the most prominent object is probably the large bar stuffed into the middle of the case. This bar is meant to provide added support for large graphics cards, but can be easily removed as well. On the front of the case, we find a rather large, but nice 230mm red LED fan. Just in front of the fan is the fan filter which is secured to the case with a black aluminum bracket. The bracket is easily removed by sliding it up and removing it from the case and is just as easily replaced when the reverse is done. Looking behind the left side panel of the case, there appears to be an adequate amount of space to run wires behind the motherboard, as well as plenty of holes to pull wire through. Bringing up the rear, literally, you can see the back of the case. The back features watercooling support and a removable PSU bracket to allow you to install your PSU however you wish. Unlike your usual case, the fan in the rear is not 120mm but 140mm in size.
Moving on, we have the hard disk drive bay, which is removable to allow easier installation. Off to the left side of the drive bay are a thumb screw and two allen head screws. Once loosened, the piece of metal behind slides to the left, aloowing the hard drives to be installed. A total of four 5.25" bays are available with this case and a 3.5" bay converter is also provided, which not only allows a single external 3.5" device to be installed, but also has support for 2.5" drives such as SSDs or laptop hard drives. Since this case supports XL-ATX it also sports up to eight rear expansion devices so even if you don't need the XL-ATX support you gain the ability to use up to three dual slot video cards for tri-SLI or triple CrossFireX support. Of course no case would truly be complete if it didn't include a provision in the motherboard tray for ease in removing heatsink or waterblock backplates.
Included with the case are a good number of accessories that include a PSU fan filter, extra leads for the included fans to allow easier install for cable management purposes, and the usual assortment of screws. Also included is a USB type A to internal USB header, allowing you to connect the top panel USB to your motherboards internal USB connection. Of course a manual is provided with the case which contains detailed diagrams of how everything should be installed. Next up we have a closer each of the included fans, which consist of the front 230mm, rear 140mm and top 140mm fans. Last but not least we have our internal connections which include USB 3.0, HD Audio, eSATA, the power and reset switches, and the HDD activity indicator LED.
The top panel is easily removed and is only held in with four screws. Each side panel has a handle on the back to make it easy to remove the side panel and each panel only fits on one side of the case. The front panel is very easy to remove also, requiring little effort to pry it from the front of the case.
Last but not least we have our finished product. All installation went smooth as can be, without any hang ups anywhere in the process. Wire managment was made considerably easy with the large amount of holes provided in the motherboard tray. As for the hard disk drives the bay was easily removed only needing the top and bottom thumb screw to be removed. Once out the hard drives were quite easy to install and with the provided hardware they slid in a lock into place with the metal bar off to the left of the hard disk drive cage.
At last we have everything installed in the case. With this many fans the case should perform wonderfully in testing, especially since none of the included fans are under 140mm in size.