ICute 0508ULA Computer Case

Admin - 2007-04-01 20:55:58 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: July 5, 2006
ICute
ICute
Introduction
Captain, we need MORE power! Hurry men fire up that extra turbine. The latest addition to a large line of cases from ICute the astutely named 0508ULA Series. While the name may not be very appealing, the looks are. Looking like something that should have a cockpit and passengers onboard, this case if defiantly tailored to the aviator inside you. Whether or not you ride, or fly in airplanes; this case will be your conveyance. ICute while being a new name to most, has been a major manufacture in Asia since early 1988, and have recently dove into the premod 'scene'. A new style of case from a veteran manufacture if defiantly bound to be worthwhile, fancy looks, and super cooling, defiantly make this case a looker.

Closer Look

Shipped in a plain white box, with the specifications printed on it, left me wondering about the contents of this package. As always when receiving something of value in the mail, I checked over the package for shipping damage. Finding a lot of shipping damage, as well as various bumps, dents, and scuffs, I opened her up to have a peek. The case was snuggled in with the standard Styrofoam end pieces, as well as covered in a plastic bag.


Removing this I was finally rewarded with a clear, unobstructed view of the case. Relieved to see that there was no damage, I proceeded to check it out. Having a large turbine type fan in the front, this defiantly acts as the main focal point for the case.



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Moving over to the side to open up the case, and see what kind of goodies it came with, I realized that the large circle on the side panel is actually fan housing!!!! And when I say this was big, I am making no exaggeration, this sucker is HUGE, and so I broke out the ruler and measured, coming in at a whopping 25cm.




At first impression I was a little skeptical about this case, as it had a very light and somewhat flimsy feel to it. After examining the rest of the case, I found no defects, or any flaws at all for that matter, which was fairly surprising as most cases I get have a defect here or there. This case comes standard with a large front intake, as well as a giant side panel fan. Other than that this is a pretty standard case.

Installation
Installing your hardware into this case is pretty straight forward, if you have installed other hardware before then this is not that much different. Though ICute made it easier with the addition of a removable motherboard tray, as well as a front bezel that pivots.


I stripped the case down, took out motherboard tray, mounted my board with the supplied standoffs, and installed it back into the case. Then proceeded to install my power supply, 4 screws later and she was in. Moving on to the front of the case I thought I broke it, but the entire front bezel of the case swings open. This made installing a 5.25� drive a snap, slide it in 2 screws, and she was snug as a bug.

Dropped in my video card, and wired it up. Double checked all connections, and I was good to go.

Specifications
Case Model 0508ULA Series
Case Type Middle Tower Case
Dimension 200*470*430mm(W*D*H)
Material ATX/Micro ATX
Drive bays External 4X5.25�, 1X3.5�
Hidden 6x3.5�
Side I/O USB*2+AUDIO+IEEE1294
FAN Front (intake) � 14cm Blue LED
Rear(exhaust) � 12cm/8cm*1(optional)
Side (intake) 25cm
CPU Cooling 12cm/8cm Blue LED
VGA Cooling � 12cm/8cm Blue LED
Feature Professional BTX airflow design concept
12cm/8cm Technical Design Air Duct cooling for CPU
Excellent VGA Cooling
Fantastic ventilation
High performance and low noise level
Testing
Test setup

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.

Conclusion
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.

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