has released an interesting new case, and the first thing it has done is to teach me a bit about AM General's Humvee. The new case is the m998, which the Ultra Products' site states is "named after one of the world’s toughest and most versatile military vehicles". I initially had no clue what they were talking about, but a trip to Wikipedia
set me straight on the reference to the Humvee.
Ultra's version of the m998 is shown in the promotional image below, and it is should be clear to most that the appearance isn't what makes it similar to a Humvee. This review will take a closer look at this new case and see exactly why it might have earned the name m998.
Before taking a look at the m998 Mid-Tower ATX Case provided for review, let's look at some published data taken from the Ultra Products
Features and Specifications:
» Color: Black
» Depth: 20.47"
» Width: 9.45"
» Height: 18.11"
» Drive Bay:
» 4 - External 5.25" Bays
» 5 - Internal 3.5" Bays
» 2 - External 3.5" Bays
» Material: 1.5mm High Grade Aluminum
» Form Factor:
» Micro ATX
» Expansion Slots: 7 Standard Slots
» Case Fan Mounts: 2 - 120mm Fan Mounts
» Case Fans Included: 2 - 120mm Fans
» Green - Power
» Orange - Hard Drive Access
» All panels removable for easy, tool-free access
» Stainless steel finished removable Mainboard tray
» Includes Ultra’s Power Bar power distribution system
» Front eSata/Firewire/USB Audio ports
» Interior and Exterior finish
» Replace front Firewire/Audio/Microphone/eSata bracket with virtually any PCI slot-type bracket.
» Easy access front panel:
» 2 - USB 2.0
» 1 - Firewire
» 1 - Headphone
» 1 - Microphone
» 1 - eSATA
The images below show the m998's packaging; a large cardboard box printed with a good deal of information and a few images of the case itself. Inside the box, the case is protected from damage by a plastic bag and a soft foam frame.