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Antec Cube-Designed by Razer Mini-ITX Chassis Preview

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Inside the Antec Cube-Designed by Razer

 

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The bezel is removed by releasing tabs inside of the steel front section of the Cube. The dust filter is magnetic but tends to stick into the bezel when pulled apart. Be careful how far you go with the bezel too, as there is a short wire leading to the Razer logo which does not offer an easy way to detach it. The front of the chassis is opened well to allow for proper air flow, and the rest of the I/O panel stays mounted to the frame.

 

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With the right side panel removed, we get a full view of the interior. For now, we will cover the fact that the wiring is tended to as not to scratch the paint or inside of the window, and we also see the Razer name painted across the PSU cover at the bottom.

 

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Inside of the front, we see the wiring leaving the I/O panel high in the chassis and are kept out of view. There are holes drilled into the front to allow 120mm fans, a 140mm fan, or an 180mm fan, and the PSU cover has clearance to allow water cooling here too.

 

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The motherboard tray is made for Mini-ITX motherboard only, but it also offers five holes in which to pass wiring. The tie points are limited but do keep the wires out of the way, and there is also a large CPU cooler access hole, but it is currently blocked with the HDD tray.

 

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The PSU cover is wider than the motherboard and is bent at a 90-degree angle to offer the most room under it. The cut out at the top does stop further than we would like, as it leaves wiring from longer power supplies somewhat visible.

 

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In the back of the Cube is where we find the only fan offered with it. Here is a 120mm fan all dressed in black to match the interior, and is powered via a 3-pin fan connection. Above it, we also see no signs of the pan head screws used to support the expansion slot covers, and there is also a section of steel which needs to be removed to allow cards to go in and out of the slots.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, we first found the six fan hub attached at the top. On the left we see the large universal drive mounting plate, and to the right, we see another pair of them specific to 2.5" drives. The bottom of the chassis is wide open, leaving no restriction on PSU length, and there, four rubber pads support the PSU.

 

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As far as the chassis wiring is concerned, there are only four connections to make outside of connection the exhaust fan to the fan hub. There is the native USB 3.0 connection; there is a run for the HD Audio, a SATA power connector for the fan hub and lights, and just the wire for the power switch on the top of the Cube.

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