Sunbeam UFO Clear Acrylic Case ReviewTue, May 08, 2007 - 12:00 AM
The Finishing Touches
|Motherboard Type||ATX (maximum size: 31*25CM or 12.2″ x 9.84″)|
|Frame Material||100% High Quality Clear Acrylic Case|
|Cooling Fans||2 x 120mm Fans with Blue LEDs included|
|Hard Drive & Power LEDS||Included|
|Ports||2 x USB 2.0 Ports, Speaker and Microphone|
|External Bays Available||2 x 5.25″|
|Internal Bays Available||2 x 5.25″ (with adapters for 2 x 3.5″ drives)|
|Actual Dimension||H 300mm x W 295mm x D 380mm (11.8″ x 11.61″ x 14.96″)|
|Number of slots||7|
|Power Supply||NO POWER SUPPLY INCLUDED|
With the power supply and pair of hard drives installed we can move along to installing the motherboard, video card and memory modules. Installing the motherboard was found to be just like any other case. By simply installing the metal standoffs into the pre-drilled and threaded mounting holes on the acrylic bottm the motherboard could be easily secured.
It was after the EVGA 680i SLI motherboard and XFX GeForce 8800 GTX video card were installed that a critical problem came up that couldn’t be ignored. For starters the video card was longer just a hair longer than the depth of the case, which meant the side panel couldn’t be installed. To make matters worse the pair of 6-pin PCIe power headers mount from the top on the GeForce 8800 GTX meaning that the top acrylic piece of the cube could not be installed. Basically any owners of the Geforce 8800 GTX, GeForce 8800 Ultra, and ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT video cards will have some panel issues due to this.
The motherboard also has some mounting issues as the primary and secondary SATA headers on many newer board as stacked on the edge of the motherboard as seen above. The older DFI NF590 SLI-M2R/G motherboard was found to have issues as well as all of the newer NVIDIA designed 680i SLI and 680i LT SLI based motherboard boards were found to have SATA issues with the side panel. If the case was just a little taller and a tad deeper these issues could have been avoided.
With the motherboard and video card installed the optical drive was then installed. There isn’t a spot for a floppy drive in the Sunbeam UFO Acrylic case, so if one is needed keep this in mind. The pair of Western Digital RaptorX hard drives are mounted and ready to be put in RAID0, but will these drives do okay with no cooling on the lower half of the case?
Here is a look at the back of the case with everything installed except for the 120mm case fans and the cooling solution for the Intel QX6700 Quad-Core processor that is being used.