Magic Cube enclosure offers truly compartmentalized cooling


— 10:55 AM on March 21, 2011

In recent years, case makers have increasingly dabbled in compartmentalized cooling. Many new enclosures feature interior partitioning to separate hardware into multiple zones. Thermaltake took things one step further with the Level 10, which offers individual components their own apartments in a monolithic tower. Now, Cubitek is putting a different spin on the idea with a Magic Cube case that splits system hardware between multiple enclosures.

The Magic Cube's main case is a substantial tower with enough room for Extended ATX motherboards and graphics cards up to 13.3" long. PSUs are mounted on the bottom, and cooling is provided by a quartet of fans: two 140-mm units in the front, another up top, and a 120-mm exhaust at the rear. The whole thing is crafted from aluminum, and you get both eSATA and USB 3.0 connectivity in the top panel.

Although the main chamber has mounting holes for a pair of 2.5" hard drives, storage is supposed to slip into sidekick enclosures: one for 3.5" hard drives and another for 5.25" opticals. The 5.25" casing offers a pair of drive bays, while the 3.5" one is available with three or eight bays.

Cubitek's press release notes that the Magic Cube comes with "fan and HDD power extension cables," so it looks like you'll have to use those to connect the various boxes together—hardly an elegant solution. That's a shame, because MagicCube otherwise has nice industrial lines. Considering you're getting three cases, it's not exorbitantly expensive, either. The three-drive model has a $210 MSRP, while the 8-drive variant is slated to sell for $240.

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