Meet the Cubitek Mini Cube (Mini ITX) with brushed, black anodized finish!
With Mini ITX becoming the new “up and coming” form factor, many manufacturers are gearing up to fill that market. Cubutek is one such manufacturer. Following styling cues similar to heavy hitter Lian-Li, but, with a friendlier price. They’re new to the enthusiast scene, but, using innovative design to win us over (it’s the first Mini ITX with hidden wire management space). Cubitek’s first attempt at a full featured, enthusiast case will please many enthusiasts (but, not all). Let’s take a look at the new Mini Cube, to see what it has in store for us.
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The Specifications: (from the Cubitek Website)
- Dimensions: 200mm(W) x 320mm(H) x 300mm(D)
- Approximately: 7-7/8″(W) x 12-9/16″(H) x 11-13/16″(D)
- Item Name: Mini Cube
- Item Number: CB-MNI-B004 (Black)
- Item Number: CB-MNI-S004 (Silver)
- External Color: Black; Silver
- Internal Color: Original Aluminum Color
- Size: Case Dimension (mm) W 200 H 320 D 300
- Size: Carton Size (mm) W 250 H 382 D 370
- Weight: Net Weight (KG) 2.3 (approximately 5 Pounds)
- Case Material: Aluminum
- Motherboard Type: Mini ITX
- Drive Bay: 5.25″ Drive Bay N/A
- Drive Bay: 3.5″ Drive Bay Hidden x 3 ( Max. )
- Drive Bay: 2.5″ Drive Bay Hidden x 5 ( Max. )
- I/O Panel: USB 3.0*2
- I/O Panel: USB 2.0*2
- I/O Panel: Audio*1
- I/O Panel: Mic*1
- Expansion Slots: 2
- Cooling System: Rear 80 or 90mm Fan ( Optional )
- Cooling System: Bottom 120mm Fan ( Optional )
- PSU: Standard ATX PSU ( Max. 150mm )
- Maximum Compatibility: VGA Max. 280mm long
- Maximum Compatibility: CPU Cooler Max. 150mm height
The Cubitek Mini Cube is available in brushed aluminum.
(In either a Black or Silver anodized exterior finish)
The front and top panel are made from a single piece of aluminum,
rolled from the top, down the front and rolled under the bottom.
This gives a clean look with a smooth wraparound transition.
The front panel plugs (2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, Audio, and Microphone)
are on the top just behind the smooth rolled edge from front to top.
The Power/Reset switches and Power/HDD lights are on the right front.
They seem like quality buttons (feel solid) and the lights are bright!
Both side panels are flat pieces of matching anodized aluminum.
They use four counter sunk screws to hold the panels in place.
The bottom panel, back panel and internals are shiny bare aluminum.
The back panel has mounting for a 80mm/92mm case fan (the only exhaust).
The fan grille shows, that If they had made the case 1/4″ wider, it would fit a 120mm fan.
There are two backplane slots to support double slot graphics cards.
The power supply mount holes allow for right side up, or upside down mounting.
The bottom panel is ventilated (and filtered) for your power supply intake.
The filter is removable, but, the thumbscrew will be in the way of your PSU.
There is also a bottom intake that has mounts for a 120mm fan.
Note: This is your ONLY air intake area (other than your PSU intake)
Installing an SSD in the bottom will block much of your only intake!
Installing a 120mm fan may conflict with your power supply wiring.
It also may fry your fan bearings, due to a partially blocked intake.
(I hung a grille to show the unventilated area of the 120mm opening)
The case feet give ample height to allow air to your intakes.
The Mini Cube case uses an innovative hard drive / SSD mounting system.
The drives mount on the back side of the case (behind the motherboard)
It also comes with all the hardware you need to finish your build.
They give you just over an inch of space for hard drives and hidden wiring.
Just screw the O-rings onto the drive and slide the drive into the slots.
It comes with (24x) O-rings, (12x) 3.5″ drive screws, and (20x) 2.5″ drive screws.
It has slots for up to three 3.5″ hard drives.
Or, for up to four 2.5″ drives (SSD or laptop drives)
Most would probably go with a single SSD and two data drives?
Thankfully, 3.5″ hard drives have adopted standard sizing, due to the tight fit.
The motherboard installs easily using the four included risers.
The case supports double-slot graphics cards with a 280mm maximum length.
Using a double-slot graphics card gives you just enough room for air intake.
I would have liked to see smoother edges (or grommets) instead of stamped holes.
Luckily, most new power supplies have sleeved cables for wire protection.
While I believe Cubitek’s first attempt has some potential, I think there are a few glaring problems. Their concentration on keeping the case “Mini” cost them some features that would make this case rock. Their website states that it will fit “All-In-One” liquid cooling systems, but, I can’t see that happening without serious restructure. Making the case 1/4″ wider would facilitate a rear 120mm exhaust fan (or a 120mm AiO liquid system). Plus, a simple 1/2″ deeper would help the partially blocked off 120mm intake breathe (or make more room for PSU wiring). In the days of yesteryear, this case would have enough airflow. But, not by today’s standards. Maybe, I’m an airflow snob by wanting to see full sized features in a mini cube. Breathe, Breathe, Breathe.
- Innovative and flexible hard drive/SSD mounting system.
- The first Mini ITX case with hidden wire management.
- Backside wire management (HDD) space makes case ridged.
- Brushed aluminum wraparound front gives a clean look.
- All aluminum construction makes the case super light.
- Partially blocked off bottom intake hole reduces airflow.
- would 1/4″ inch wider case facilitate a 120mm rear fan?
- Tight space between PSU and intake fan (and no deep PSUs).
- No provision for an optical drive (not even a slim one).
- The punched holes for wiring seem a little unprotected.
- Upper left SSD mount covers one of the two wiring holes.
I think this case is crying for some airflow! I think this sturdy little case can take a few more fan holes to improve it’s bad breathing! Maybe a double 120mm (or 140mm) black anodized grill on front (with modder’s mesh) and a 240/280 radiator behind that! And don’t forget to block off that anemic bottom intake! (then you can actually mount an SSD there). Of course you need to evacuate all that new found air, so, maybe a 100mm x 140mm rectangular exhaust hole with modder’s mesh. I can even see full view, Lexan side panels (easily done by tracing the originals onto Lexan) as they are simply screwed on. Heck, you could use any material for side panels. Silver brushed aluminum (for contrast), polished stainless steel, painted steel, aluminum tread plate, or even corrugated cardboard! Maybe you could switch it daily for the “Side Panel de jour!”?