Cubitek HPTX-ICE High-End Case Review

By on May 8, 2012, 10:30 PM

Founded in spring 2010, Cubitek is a relative newcomer to the chassis industry, but that's not stopping it from challenging the biggest names in the business -- including veteran Lian Li. Last month, the company unveiled its latest ICE series with five premium models spanning everything from Mini-ITX to HPTX.

All of the ICE series chassis feature a 2.5mm aluminum construction and Cubitek says this makes them stronger than standard aluminum cases while maintaining a thin and light figure. The largest model, the Cubitek HPTX-ICE, stands 559mm (22") tall and 613mm (24") long, weighing 19.6lbs (8.9kg) when empty.

At $360, the HPTX-ICE is among the priciest cases around, so we're expecting good things -- though the competition is certainly stiff. Lian Li's PC-V2120 is $350, and it left a strong impression when we reviewed in 2010. Let's move on and see what the HPTX-ICE is made of -- literally and figuratively...

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LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Hmm, I have a case just like this. Its called a TJ07

Guest said:

Without commenting about the rest of the review, this is a case designed with a specific motherboard size in mind. I'm a little curious why you wouldnt bother to obtain an HPTX mobo for a HPTX case review.

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

Because HPTX boards are about common as unicorns. The odds are far greater that someone will use an ATX board with this case and our review reflects the most likely scenario. Besides, we needed to use the ATX board for thermal testing and using a larger board wouldn't have changed any impressions. Wires would've been less visible, but that doesn't change the routing issues for ATX boards. The door would've still buckled, the fan would've still eaten its filter, the fan controller and tool-less features would've still been missing, and the build quality would've still been sub-par.

Guest said:

Looks like a knock off of a Lian Li case. I'm not a fan of those cheap doors with the thumbscrews holding it on either. Looks okay externally but poorly manufactured in my opinion.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Hmm, I have a case just like this. Its called a tj07

I think the TJ07 has a bit more going for it...I'm pretty sure you wouln't swap the SilverStone for the Cubitek.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Hmm, I have a case just like this. Its called a tj07

I think the TJ07 has a bit more going for it...I'm pretty sure you wouln't swap the SilverStone for the Cubitek.

You're right. Its still in use now.

cyriene said:

Such a nice big case, yet not made watercooling friendly. Too bad.

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