Ultra M998 PC Case :: Installation

01-28-2008 · Category: Hardware - Cases

By Jonathan Russell


Ultra M998 PC Case
Ultra M998 PC Case

Here you can see the motherboard tray removed and with a motherboard, full size video card, cooler and ram installed. The tray really allows plenty of room for full size cards. That black bar on the side is the Ultra power bar. The gist of this device is to help clean up your cables by using the included case cables you can ideally remove a lot of case clutter. The issue I find with this is that the input power for this bar is controlled by basically two 4 pin Molex cables. So you are you need a high end power supply to make use of this as you are going to be running your hard drives, optical drives and at least one if not two video cards. Itís just a little too much for two 12v rails to handle in my opinion.

Now there are two more proprietary input cables on the bar but without an Ultra power supply to make use of them they are really of no help. The idea behind the power bar is nice; I just wish it mad more use of standard power connections when it comes to the inputs.


Ultra M998 PC Case
Ultra M998 PC Case

Installing the power supply is probably the one of the easiest things with this case, because all of the panels are removable it makes it very easy to just drop the power supply into the top, slide it into place and secure it with four screws.

Finally hard drives and optical drives install just as easy, simply place them in their respective locations and secure them. One nice thing is that the case comes with black screws to match the inside of the case. While this may not seem like a big deal itís nice to see attention to detail like this. Especially when you consider that the case does have a window so standard steel screws do stand out.


Ultra M998 PC Case
Ultra M998 PC Case

Throughout the assembly there were no major issues. While the case does not contain 100% rolled edges, the most common areas that you will have your hands are so the risk of getting cut is pretty slim. Still there are some sharp edges to watch out for. The case is very easy to work with, considering you do most of your assemble outside of the case with the removable motherboard tray. And then when you are ready to install your drives and power supply you can easily remove all of the side panels to allow for easy access to the installation points.