Maxcube Amoris 6010 Review

Compxpert - 2009-06-15 22:57:24 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: Compxpert   
Reviewed on: July 1, 2009
Price: $99

Introduction:

On the outside of every great build, there is a case to enclose it. However, a case shouldn't be some boring box either; it should look nice. Of course it needs to have function too, right? That is where Maxcube comes in with its Amoris 6010. You probably have not heard of Maxcube before. Maxcube is another newcomer to the market of personal computers and the company doesn't just do cases either. Maxcube also manufactures CPU coolers, PSUs, fans, and even an external hard drive. The Amoris 6010 is the company's first case to be released.

For its first case, this one doesn't disappoint. With two 120mm blue LED fans to cool this beast and a rather stylish front panel door, just what else did Maxcube pack in and how does it perform? Read on to find out.

 

 

 

 

Closer Look:

As already said, this case does not disappoint. In fact, it looks very stylish without looking overtly tacky, unlike some other cases I have seen. The box is rather basic, for the most part, and shows off what I would say is the coolest part of it on the front. It shows the cool way the front panel doors open and also shows the opening left in it for light to shine through from the LED fan. This makes the overall presentation of the case seem very appealing. On the reverse side, it shows the case and arrows pointing to outline specific features, such as the CMOS reset switch in the rear. Yes, that's right, this case has a CMOS reset switch in the back so you won't have to open it up to reset the CMOS. The top of the box reveals specific specifications of the case, while both sides of the box show nothing more than the case, along with stating that the HD audio is Vista Ready.

 

 

 

 

Right out of the box, the case is sandwiched between two pieces of foam. This is typical for any case, but you'll notice something here a little out of the ordinary. It seems that Maxcube put plastic wrap over nearly everything, which covers the side mesh window, front panel doors, top I/O panel, and even the feet. Also, even more out of the ordinary is a sticker that tells you eSATA does not work unless the motherboard supports. This simply means that your motherboard needs to support and be in AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) mode in order to be able to use the plug and play capabilities of eSATA.

 

 

 

Well I'm sure you anxious to get to the rest of this review, so let's go on.

Closer Look:

There is plenty more to be said about this case. Taking a closer look, you'll notice that rather than a side panel window made of plexiglass or lexan, there is a window made of a mesh metal. Although this would result in letting a little more dust into your case, it probably isn't more dust than any other case lets in. Although the whole case is of an aluminum construction, both the front panel doors and the I/O panel on top are furnished with a more refined polished aluminum surface, while the rest of the case is a plain black aluminum surface. The feet on this case are bigger than any I have ever seen, so I doubt this case will ever fall over or start walking away on you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top panel of the case features all the front I/O on the case. There lie the buttons for Power and Reset, as well as the HDD light that is built in as part of the Reset switch. Aside from those, there are a total of four USB ports, one eSATA, one audio out, and one mic out. The panel itself is raised up from the rest of the top panel and has a shiny polished surface. On the back you will find something out of the ordinary as far as most cases go. You will also find something I have yet to see implemented on any other case and that, of course, is the built in CMOS reset switch. The switch runs with a wire that, when you have read you motherboard manual on your pin layout of your CMOS reset, you can wire up so you don't need to take off the side panel to reset CMOS any more. The other thing that you don't normally find on most cases is that an I/O backplate is already provided. However, this probably isn't going to be applicable to your board, but it is a nice touch to have. As you can see, the case supports up to seven devices for expansion.

 

 

 

Once inside, the first thing you will notice is the card in the bottom, which is a diagram showing you how all the tooless solutions in the case work. The PCI slots, ODD, FDD, and HDD are all tooless. There are also a few places in the case that Maxcube provided to allow you to run wires and hide them. I was surprised that after every thing was installed I had a lot of room in the case between the front and the videocard. In most cases of this size, you barely have any room to get a PCI-E power connector into the card or hardly any room to plug in your SATA connections, let alone room to spare.

 

 

 

 

Well, with everything installed, let's move on to see how well she performs.

Specifications:

 

 

Model Name:

Amoris 6010

Case Type:

Tower
Material:

Chassis: SGCC / Bezel: Metal mesh + ABS

Motherboard:

12” X 9.6” (ATX), 9.6” X 9.6” (Micro ATX)

Drive Bay:

External: 5.25" x 4, 3.5" x 2 / Internal: 3.5" x 4

Expansion Slot:
7
Front I/O Port:
USB2.0 x 4, eSATA x 1, Audio, MIC
Cooling:

Front (intake): 12cm Blue LED Fan x 1
Rear (exhaust): 12cm Blue LED Fan x 1

Power Supply:
Support Standard ATX PS2 or EPS
Dimensions:

With Bezel: 210 mm (W) x 480 mm (H) x 510 mm (D)
W/O Bezel: 200 mm (W) x 420 mm (H) x 450.7 mm (D)

Clear CMOS:
Yes
Security Lock:
Yes

 

Features:

 

All information courtesy of Maxcube @ http://www.maxcube.com/products/products.php?pid=4

Testing:

For the tests, I gathered temperatures for the processor, chipset, and hard drive, both when idle and at full load. For temps, I used a combination of HWMonitor and RealTemp, and for applying load, I used Prime 95, HDTune, and Folding@Home to stress the CPU/chipset, hard drive and video card, respectively. The computer was in idle for 15 minutes after which I recorded temps. The same for goes for load; after 15 minutes I recorded temps.

 

 

Testing System:

Comparison Cases:

 

 

 

 

 

Lower is better

 

The Amoris 6010 proved to be a decent competitor, despite losing all but three tests completely. In two tests, it beat open air and in one it beat the Super Lanboy, but it lost big time in the CPU load test. It did, however, keep up pretty well in the other tests.

Conclusion:

For Maxcube's first case, I must say I am impressed with the features it brings to the table. Not only is the case sleek and stylish, but it has function as well. The case features two more front USB ports than most cases I've seen and is following with the new trend of bring eSATA to the front panel as well. Tool-free cases have been around for a while and Maxcube has integrated this feature into the Amoris. It even introduced a new concept to me, the external CMOS reset switch, which would be useful to any overclocker, as you wouldn't have to open the case to reset CMOS. Having the CMOS reset is nice, but it has been almost standard on high performance motherboard I/O panels for well over a year now. The case did lose some ground in the tests however, probably due to the fact it only runs on two fans. Nevertheless, for only having two fans, it kept up pretty well with the competition, which in the case of open air, had no fans, or with both the X-Fighter and Super Lanboy, had an average of three fans. Overall, I couldn't find a single issue with this case that wouldn't make me not recommend it to a friend or colleague. In fact, selling at a price of $99, it's a pretty good deal.

 

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