On review today is the new Ultra m998 Mid-Tower ATX chassis. The chassis was named after one of the world’s toughest and most versatile military vehicles. This case is designed to be the ultimate gaming weapon.
The case is made from black coated brushed aluminium, which helps prevent smudges and gives a nice metal effect. The front of the Case is a plastic panel with holes for the small I/O access and the power and reset buttons. The front grill is quite covered however there is a large opening on the bottom section of the front panel to allow air flow through. The side panel has quite a large plexiglass window and two grills.
The side panels of the case are screwed in by thumb screws and clip in at the front for a strong lock. The bonus on this case is that the top panel is removable via a single thumb screw and clips in like the side panels.
The front IO connectors are concealed by a small push clip flap which integrates into the right side of the front panel. The USB/eSATA/Firewire/Headphones/Mic connectors are all hidden behind the flap.
The Power and Reset buttons are on the front panel at the top right, which is a common place to put them however these buttons are not like a standard button power buttons they use a small button similar to that of a monitors buttons which is easy to press but not too easy. The LED’s are flush with the area surrounding the groove. For some unknown reason Ultra has decided to place 2 HDD LED’s instead of a single, I could guess this may be because of HDD racks or a secondary HDD output from a PCI(e) card.
A neat accessory that is included with this case is the Castors (or wheels). Whatever you may intend their use for is up to you, but it’s a nice additional feature to add.
The m998 interior is quite extensive, with a large amount of space and some new features Ultra have decided to include in the m998 package.
The chassis itself is quite sturdy without the motherboard tray or the side panels. The Motherboard tray slides into a small slot and is screwed in internally and externally.
I was at first slightly confused with the 8 Pin PCI-e connector and its compatibility with the common 6 pin, the only difference is a slight slit between two poles of the connector.
The Ultra m998 Mid-Tower Chassis is what Ultra intended it to be for, a Ultimate Gaming Chassis, it doesn’t have fancy LCD’s or fan controllers because it’s meant to be carted around for LAN’s and gaming events, and because gamers like to install their own fan controllers and LCD’s.
One thing that first caught my mind is the size of the chassis, its wider and longer then a standard ATX case. This makes its perfect for the gamers because of their need to use over sized power supplies, coolers and video cards.
Among all of the features this case includes the most innovatively designed feature, the Front IO flap that allows the replacement of itself with any PCI brackets. This reduces the need to drill holes for switches.
If you’re looking for a case for your new ultimate gaming machine or you’re planning on replacing your old case this is the one you want. It has everything you could ask for from a case. That is why this case is the one I use, and will continue to use until I find one better then it.
- Depth (for those long video cards)
- Side Panel with window
- Castors (wheels)
- PCI bracket at the Front IO Door
- Aluminium Chassis
- Side Panels and Top panel are easily removed
- Dust filter on front fan
- Large space for over sized power supplies
- Power supply can be flipped without the requirement of drilling holes
- Ultra’s Power Bar
- Removable Motherboard tray
- Large inside with places to hide cables
- Removable HDD cages (Bottom one can be removed and a Radiator could be installed)
- Expansion cards have their own mesh/grill
- Front panel is very clean, no logo milled or etched in, just painted
- Only two 120mm fans, which keep the computer very silent
- The front fan cable is too short to reach the fan header on some motherboards
- The mirror finished motherboard tray attracts finger prints, however not very noticeable as a motherboard covers it