Cubitek Magic Cube AIO

Cubitek Magic Cube AIO

A Closer Look - Inside »

A Closer Look - Outside

At first glance, the chassis looks pretty cool. The use of small thumb screws around the sides and the front of the case gives it a slightly industrial look, while the round design adds a nice little detail to it. The anodizing job is quite good on the exterior as well, with no obvious blemishes.

The front is quite unusual, with only a single 5.25-inch bay at the bottom of the chassis. At the rear, you will find a bottom-mounted PSU; it is clear therefore that the area above the PSU and the drive bay is used for the motherboard - up to eATX.

Both side panels of the Magic Cube AIO are held in place by four little thumb screws. This does not really add up, as Cubitek uses six such screws to keep the front cover pinned down, which is a small fraction of the size of the panels. It would have been wise to use at least six if not nine such screws for each of the sides, to prevent the chassis panel from bulging under pressure.

As mentioned before, the single 5.25-inch bay can be found at the bottom, protected by a simple aluminum cover. If you look closely, there are clearly visible tooling marks around the cutout of the bay. Above that is a mysterious cover, behind which are two 120-mm intake fans. Thanks to the spacing, you should be able to install a 240-mm radiator here if you like. The top cover is placed on six spacers, to allow for adequate air ventilation. To the right of this is the I/O, consisting of two USB 3.0 ports and the usual pair of audio connectivity. Cubitek uses gold metal plugs for audio, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately, these are not labeled, so it is difficult to determine which plug does what. The power and reset buttons are made of metal as well. Pushing them down makes a loud scratching sound and does not really feel good.

Turning the chassis around, you can see that the bottom PSU bay features an exterior frame, so that you have the choice of installing the power supply with the fan facing upward or downward. Above that are the eight motherboard expansion slots, each protected by a separate, vented cover. To the right of these are four large openings for routing cables or tubing out the back. At the very top, a 120-mm fan can be found, which pushes air out the rear of the case. If you look closely here, the hole for the fan is not circular and also has similar tool marks as the front drive bay.

At the top, you will find a single 140-mm fan, hidden behind a vent with an unusual design. While this looks good, Cubitek has missed some real potential here. There is so much unused space which could have been used for a similar setup to that of the front, allowing for an additional radiator to be installed. On top of that, the single air vent lacks compatibility with 120-mm cooling units. Four high-quality feet are screwed into the base of the chassis. You can see that the black rivets holding the separate case parts together have tooling marks on them, which results in the silver metal shining through. This seems to be a general aesthetic feature of the Magic Cube AIO. While some may say that I am nitpicky, the chassis does clock in at well above 200 Euros, so I do expect to see quality.
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