ICute 0508ULA Computer CaseFormer staff writer -
- Intel Pentium 3 933
- Asus CUSL 2
- 512Mb RAM
- Sapphire 9600 LE 256Mb (AGP)
- NZXT 650Watt PSU
- Lite-On DVD Reader
For testing this case, I will be testing general stability (jiggling desk, bumping into desk, etc.) as well as the temperatures with and without the large side panel fan running.
Once getting the machine booted up, and let idle for 10 minutes at windows desktop I was shocked to see that I was idling at a mere 28*C this being just s smidge over room temperature (25*C) I was impressed. Wanting to see how she does under load I cranked up Prime95, and let that run for a full 30 minutes, checked the temps which were at an all time low of 33*C load! This is a 21*C drop from what it was running in the old case! The large intake on the side of this case makes a big difference. Being so large, it moves a lot of air, but at a very quiet level as well. It is not much louder than most 120mm fans I have used. The temperature difference that I saw left my jaw on the floor, as for a mid tower case that is near silent, this is superb cooling. This case will no doubt provide adequate cooling for any of today's high performance gaming systems.
Though my initial impression of this case was one of it being flimsy and ill designed. My views soon changed once I booted up my PC, to that nice cool load temperature. With pre-mod cases becoming more and more frequent in the gaming, as well as the casual computer users world, the 0508ULA should not be a case to be left out! Superior cooling, and a light build, means this case is easily able to cope with all those heavyweights out there. Giving the feel that your parts are actually safe is the best feeling that this case has to offer. Being one of the first steps into the pre-mod scene from ICute, they definitely made a strong product. If you are looking for a case that offers unprecedented cooling, as well as an avionic look then this is the case for you.
- Large front intake
- HUGE side panel fan
- Light construction (great for LANs)
- Stealth bay covers
- Removable Motherboard Tray
- Slight vibration if bumped (caused by side panel fan)
- Front stealth covers awkward to get into place
- Thin material
- Flimsy feel