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Sunbeam UFO review


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Before the review gets under way I'd like to say I'm sorry for Image Quality. Close up pictures whether it be with or without flash are pretty tough on a 100% acrylic case, I did what I could. Enjoy!

Initial Thoughts

The sunbeam UFO is definitely a case that appeals to modders and enthusiasts alike. When I first saw this case I knew I was in for a treat. Should be a blast to see it all done up in the end. A clear acrylic cube isn't something you see very often so I was very eager to tear it open and get started.
Case Contents

Sunbeam put a lot of thought into this case. You'll notice in the picture some white gloves, they were included to keep the case clean of fingerprints during assembly. Its simple things like that which show you that the people at Sunbeam are thinking!

The case includes

-2x120mm Blue LED fans. These fans were pleasently quiet and moved a good amount of air
-1xWhite pair of gloves. A little small, but got the job done just dandy
-2x120mm fan grilles
-Assortment of screws
-11 Pieces of Acrylic (thats right, you assemble it yourself)

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Assembly

The instructions that came with the case were very picture oriented with decent text. It really helps to see what you're doing sometimes as text can get confusing. The case is almost 100% thumbscrews which is a nice feature aswell. You can see that the case went together thanks to little brackets. They would mount onto the side panel, then the perpendicular side and top piece would attach into it aswell.

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The case went together pretty quickly and easily. Took around 30 minutes to get it all together and ready for parts. Thats not bad when you think about it. Here's what it looks like halfway done. You can see the motherboard tray, bays, fan holes, and front panel power buttons and the sort.

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Installation/Cooling

Installation of the parts was nothing special. I installed motherboard standoffs..then the board, everything went as usual, no hangups at all. One thing I'd like to say and I'll talk about it more later is the easy working that you can do in this case. Its very roomy which is a good thing and the airflow is pretty solid. 120mm in on one side, 120mm out on the other. Perfect side to side airflow and they move decent air. The picture below shows the 120mm fan on the far side as intake over the CPU, and the near fan is exhaust off the GPU. Sounds like good combo to me!

[IMG]http://*************.com/reviews/sunbeamufo/IMGP3852.jpg[/IMG]

The optical media and hard drives all mount in the same bay. If you're one of those 5 hard drive raid guys this case is not for you. It holds a maximum of 4 drives, whether it be 2 hard drives and 2 optical, or 3 hard drives and 1 optical. I opted for the simple 1 hard drive and 1 optical. Hard drives are mounted using an adapter kit that comes with the case. Simply screw them into the hard drives side and then mount it as if it were an Optical Drive.

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The optical drives mount simple with a couple screws which are accessible with the removable of one side panel. The rear panel with the I/O ports does not need to be removed, there is a neat little feature that comes with this Sunbeam. Sort of like a trap door or as I called it “service door”. Below you can see a picture of the door closed. The middle thumbscrew is the handle of the service door, the screws above and below it hold it on there. Simple undo them and pull to get access to the bays without removing the rear acrylic. Another clever idea from Sunbeam.

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This picture is the picture of the service door open...for...service?

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The Case Itself (features and pictures)

This is the case running while I format my hard drive. Took a while to get this rig running but its goin'!

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Just a quick angled shot of the case from the users perspective. Its more of a rectangle and the CD drive will open on the left hand side. The case really looks incredible!

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Heres's a shot of the motherboard angle with everything sealed up. In the end this is what you're going to see when you pop it all together, the bottom half is only visible if you crouch down to attempt to look at it so wire management is clearly a plus with this case, looks very clean!

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Theres honestly only one or two things that I see wrong with this case. The one really large problem is the upper layer of the case. Its only as tall as the PCI slot is (roughly 120mm). You'll understand right away this is a problem for most aftermarket coolers. Anything taller than the graphics card will not fit under the lid of this case. This can be solved either by leaving the lid off (which can be a pain) or by purchasing a low profile cooler.

Wire management on this case as I mentioned earlier is awesome! The case has a few slits near the IDE drive input where the IDE and SATA cables can be run up from the bottom shelf of the case into the motherboard. The 24pin connector is hardly noticeable as well with its slit too. The CPU 4pin power connector has a spot to pass through just off the the side of the 120mm intake fan, its pretty sneaky.


Conclusion

Overall I could say this case gets a 9/10 for its functionality and style ranks an easy 10/10. Its beautiful, unique, has great airflow, and only one setback with the cooling options. This is definitely a show case and it gets that job done without a doubt. I would recommend this case to people who want to have more than an average case and really want to deliver a WOW factor to those around them.

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I know a lot of people who are dissing the blue LED lately *cough Pook cough* but that colour just perfectly suits this case, theres no way around that. Tell me this doesn't look like a piece of art?
[IMG]http://*************.com/reviews/sunbeamufo/IMGP3877.jpg[/IMG]

Or with the lights off

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Pros
-Looks incredible
-Easy to work in, remove top panel and you have easy access to most parts
-Good fans for great case airflow
-Complete thumbscrew assembly
-Great wire management
-Service Door

Cons
-Tall coolers will not fit
-Fingerprints (not that I uh...groped it or anything...)
-Max of 4 drives (optical and hard drive)


Thats it for my review on the Sunbeam UFO, I hope you enjoyed it!
-Kopi
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post #2 of 16
Nice review Kopi!
I like how the mobo and stuff is all at the top, so you can see it easily.
You make acrylic cases look leet! haha
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Do you think a zalman 9500 hs would fit?
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Nice review, but i'd rather hide my horrible cable management lol
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Thats not the only thing the case does

Line your 9500 up with a video card, it can't be taller. IMO, no it will not fit :<
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thanks for the review, i hadn't seen much about this case online and was thinking of buying one for my next build till i saw the lack of drive bays. ah well.
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I'm assuming you're one of those 5 hard drive raid guys then
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My Scythe Ninja wouldnt fit *cries* I have been looking for a new case as my current one is to darn small oh well was considering this one but if my hsf will only fit with the lid off bleh!
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Great review Kopi!

Well done.

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I had 2 of these, and ended up modding them to make one larger case (link). They are fun little cases and offer a some interesting mod potential.

The only other drawback I found was that the PSU is mounted sideways and fits snuggly in the bottom. Because of lack of airflow in the lower half of the case, your HDD and PSU heat has a tendancy to migrate up and underneath the motherboard. The PSU is also located almost directly under the CPU socket and voltage regulators, so if you PSU produces heat, it will add to any cooling issue as well.

The case is very easy to mod so I drilled a hole for a 80mm fan in the bottom to improve airflow and it resolved most of the problem.
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