Sunbeam Tech UFO Cube

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Once all of the bits and pieces are out of the box, you are ready to translate the isometric drawings which will be your lifeline during this stage.

The diagrams are quite small and hard to see, and between steps the diagram is often drawn from a different angle to confuse things further. Fortunately, with a little logic and perseverance it’s not too difficult.

Each of the steps had instructions on which of the labelled screws you’ll needs, or which panel to grab. Only the orientation of the panels is left to user interpretation.

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To attach the panels together, you’ll be using the chrome thumbscrews. These screws are the ones that keep the main structure of the case together, which is why it seems odd that they are made out of plastic, rather than metal. They can be easily sheared which is surprisingly easy to do while you’re putting on one of the side panels. It would have been nice to see fully metal screws rather than these relatively flimsy camouflaged plastic ones.

After 40 minutes of scratching my head and screwing bits together, the case was complete with the two 120mm fans in place. These actually create a wind tunnel affect and bathe your components in a cooling stream of fresh air.

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The PCI brackets at the back of the case are all the reusable type meaning that you won’t be left with an ugly hole if you remove the wrong one which is nice to see.

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The case itself can mount a maximum of two 5.25” drives are the bottom, and two HDD’s above the opticals. Above these are the front panel connections which contain a couple of USB ports, audio in and out, and the power/reset buttons. Next to this is the 120mm fan space; complete with chrome grill.

Being a cube, the case can only just fit an ATX motherboard, and obviously will be able to fit smaller boards, although there may not be the correct motherboard mounting holes. Underneath the motherboard tray is the power supply area and where the drives are mounted. This area seems to have a large amount of empty space, that could have been used to fit more drives. Also, there is no ventilation apart from your power supply in this compartment which could mean that your hard discs get a little hotter than usual.

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Last modified: August 15, 2011

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