Ultra M998 PC Case :: Out of the box

01-28-2008 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Jonathan Russell


Ultra M998 PC Case
Ultra M998 PC Case
Ultra M998 PC Case

The case out of the box has a very solid look, it is wider than a typical mid-tower it is also a little longer. This is thanks to its extended ATX form factor. This is a must if you plan on using a high end graphics card as they can extend beyond the width of a normal motherboard. Included with the case itself is a full set of hardware for mounting drives as well a set of caster wheels(not pictured) that can be attached to the case to lift it u, this is handy if you keep your computer on a carpeted floor as it helps with airflow. You also get a full set of cables for one of Ultraís unique features, the power bar, but more on that later.


Ultra M998 PC Case
Ultra M998 PC Case

Once we remove all of the exterior aluminum panels you can get a good look at the case. On the front there is a circuit board containing the power and reset switches as well as the power and hard drive LEDs. Below that are the front fire wire, E-SATA, USB and audio ports. Another unique feature of this case is that the fire wire, audio and E-SATA ports are on a removable PCI bracket. So you can remove these items if you donít want them and place any other PCI bracket device that you want. Realistically I can only think of a hand full of things I would want to remove this bracket for. Most notable the diagnostic LED brackets that some motherboards include for troubleshooting system problems.


Ultra M998 PC Case
Ultra M998 PC Case

Below that we have a 120mm fan that is positioned behind a dust filter and in front of the internal hard drive bay. This helps provide optimal cooling for the hard drives while limiting the dust that is pulled into the system by the fan.


Ultra M998 PC Case
Ultra M998 PC Case

Moving on to the inside we can see there is plenty of room for both hard drives and optical drives, since this is a mid tower case there is not the nearly the same amount of room that you would find in a full tower. This is mitigated somewhat by the removable motherboard tray. This lets you basically assemble all of your core components outside the case and then simply slide the whole unit into the case.