When I first was told I would be receiving the Macube and its price point, I tried to temper my expectations based on the price point and feature set. The initial impressions were a bit of a let down as the material quality with the thin steel on the fan mounts and the smaller grommet pass-through holes. However, with the build experience and the capability of the cable management redeemed the Macube 310P's relevance in the category. It's not perfect, but it got some good things going for it.
During testing, we observed a measured ambient of 21.3C, with an RH of 40%. The CPU showed an average delta over ambient of 51.2C, while the GPU showed an average delta of 39.3C. These results are quite good considering the only ventilation is the rear exhaust fan, which was DC controlled rather than full speed via the PATA connection. The Macube 310P would have likely done better had I locked the fan at 100% via the adapter, but I wanted to show what it could do with motherboard control and less noise.
Overall, I am impressed with how the chassis performed for being a defined value option. This chassis for comparison runs better thermally than the Define 7 with its front door closed, and that's a pretty strong statement.
What we like
If you read everything this far, I'm sure you can extrapolate from the data provided, that I loved the cable management for a value chassis. Add to this the fact that while flimsy in some areas, it does hold a significant amount of hardware; it is primed to be a great valuer contender. The inclusion of a fan hub is an excellent value-add for those looking to build an extensive system on a budget. The aesthetic is clean and can somewhat mimic a much higher priced option simply based on the lack of exterior plastic. The magnetic closure of the panels is excellent as it makes access and maintenance truly toolless.
What do we think could be better?
The elephant in the room must now dance.
That is, of course, the absolute lack of rigidity in the fan mounting at the top and front. If you are going to use super-thin steel at least roll the edge, so it gains some rigidity, or you run the risk of being compared to a soggy burrito. The other significant niggle I have with the Macube 310P is the force required to remove the top and front panels. The energy required was strong enough that I was legitimately concerned I was going to bend and damage the panels as I removed them. The ability to remove the HDD cage should not be omitted as this would give users the option to use a more extensive array of PSU options.
At the price point that the Macube 310P demands, I cannot give it an editor's choice level recommendation, but I am tied between value or a performance-based recommendation. One end of the spectrum, we have the fact that the chassis offers an aesthetic and performance comparable to higher-priced options. But then we have the fact that even with a single fan, the chassis performed very well, and we can hypothesize that the performance will be better as you increase the cooling efficiency with more cooling fans installed.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
The Bottom Line
Gamerstorm/Deepcool pulled off a capable chassis with the Macube 310P. With some attention to material rigidity and some small changes, the Macube could be a true chart topper. Overall, it's a great value, if you can look past the issues we observed and just build.