Inside the Macube 310P Continued
Here we see the singular preinstalled fan for the Macube 310P and its associated 3-pin DC cable and PATA pigtail. This fan is ok, and while I would love a removable PATA adapter, this is what you get. The seven expansion slots are externally accessible, but Gamerstorm did equip some good slot covers, which should allow a reasonable amount of airflow through while prohibiting larger dust bunnies' entrance.
The cable management area is quite good with several tie-down locations. This is probably the area I would be most proud of the Macube 310P as it houses two Velcro cable management strips that are fixed to the chassis along with several loops for zip ties. The two SSD trays are well placed, and the pass-through areas are placed where needed to make management possible. The top-mounted fan hub is an exciting inclusion and helps to better manage connectivity, especially for more substantial builds where the motherboard may not have enough fan headers.
Here we have the fan hub, which supports up to four fans from a single header. The hub is powered by the port and not a supplementary SATA or PATA connector; you will need to mind the limits of your motherboard fan headers. To ensure you do not overload it if you happen to install four fans with high amperage draw.
Here we have the dual HDD trays in their cage; they are retained to the cage with a single screw on this edge. The HDD tray can support either 2.5" or 3.5" drives depending upon your needs. The HDD cage, while I would love for it to be removable, is not. The lower lip of the chassis retains the cage within the chassis. Even if you do not have spinners or need for them, they are yours. I would like to see this better managed to make the cage removable so you could have more cable management and hiding space with the cage removed.
The PSU location is up next, and we see a standard layout with rubberized foam pads for the PSU to rest on when installed. The space is admittedly cramped being 160mm or lower per Gamerstorm specs, and with a removable HDD cage, this would be a non-issue, but I digress. The limit is a hard limit without some creative modification, so keep that in mind when planning your build as you will want a 140mm based PSU for maximum space for tucking excess cables away.
The front panel cable array is as follows:
- Power, Reset, and Power LED connectors
- USB 3.2 Gen 1 20-pin connector
- HD audio connector
This cabling is sufficient for what we have offered on the Macube 310P, as I mentioned previously. The I/O expanding a bit would be welcome, even if it is not Type-C, but maybe a couple of USB 2.0 ports would be appreciated just to have a more appealing I/O interface. In this tight competition at this price level, its no longer a battle of scale, but more of millimeters, and small changes like this can be a game-changer for consumer adoption.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT