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AOpen EX915 XCube SFF PC Review

AOpen EX915 XCube SFF PC Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: This is a 'barebones' kit, meaning that you get the case with the motherboard pre-installed, but you need to purchase and install the processor, RAM, hard drive and optical drive(s) yourself.
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External Mfg. Website: AOpen Mar 11 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Computer / SFF PCs > AOpen EX915 XCube

Inside the mini beast

The XCube is blessed with an excellent internal layout of both the chassis, and motherboard components. Even with the PC fully installed (including a PCI Express videocard) there was a lot of space to move around. Very impressive, especially when compared to some of the other SFF PCs we've tested!

For instance, how many of you can install memory or a hard drive into your current SFF PC without first disassembling most of the computer? Well you can install those same components into the AOpen EX915 XCube by just removing the cover... and that is it! The aluminum chassis is even nicely anodized, a further sign of quality everyone looking at aluminum cases should be on the watch for.

I'm a big fan of AOpen cases, and use them all the time when building machines for friends. I'm happy to say that the the AOpen EX915 XCube case lives up to their great standards. As one example, almost all the metal edges are rounded over so you won't cut yourself when working inside the chassis... although they did miss a few spots so you should still use a bit of caution. Also, the inside cables are kept neat and organized with a mix of wire mesh sleeving, heat-shrink tubing, and zip-ties which keep the large system cables out of the way. These little touches really do make working in the PC a pleasure.

The good things don't end there. AOpen also splices the IDE and floppy drive cables to make them fit into the small case easier, and the Serial ATA connector is turned perpendicular to the cable!

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Contents of Article: AOpen EX915 XCube
 Pg 1.  AOpen EX915 XCube SFF PC Review
 Pg 2.  More than meets the eye
 Pg 3.  — Inside the mini beast
 Pg 4.  Power Supply and Installation
 Pg 5.  The Blue BIOS
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSmark2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, PCMark04
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, Comanche 4
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 12.  Loads of power!

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