Sunbeam Acrylic UFO Cube Case
Written by Michael Larabel in Enclosures on 21 December 2008. Page 3 of 3. 5 Comments

Performance:

Inside the Sunbeam Acrylic UFO Cube Case we had installed an ASRock ALiveNF7G-HDReady motherboard, 2GB of OCZ DDR2 memory, a Seagate SATA HDD, Corsair TX750 power supply, and an AMD Sempron processor. Everything had fit and we had no further issues once everything was assembled and closed back up. The system had also functioned without any thermal issues when using the two included fans.

Conclusion:

The Sunbeam Acrylic UFO Cube Case retails for about $80 USD from Xoxide, but several attributes about this case do cause concern. While still simple enough to follow, the instructions for assembling this case contained numerous typos and inconsistencies, which represents poorly upon Sunbeam Technology. The build quality of the case is also far from superb; we would be scared of loading this ATX enclosure up with any high-end hardware and then transporting it to a LAN party or gaming event.

The work involved in disassembling a portion of the chassis in order to access the hardware or swap out any of the components can also be a problem even if you just do this on occasion. The cooling potential of this case also isn't that great with just two 120mm fan mounts and no pre-drilled holes for water-cooling tubes or any exhaust areas. This case is also difficult to keep clean of any dust, fingerprints, and scratches. Lastly, with just two 3.5" and two 5.25" bays, the upgrade potential is quite limited.

What this case is good for, however, is if you prefer to build everything yourself, are looking for a chassis to house computer components to show off for display purposes at a trade show or other event, after a unique chassis, or if you're into modding. Beyond that though, there's much better cases out there.

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