Date: June 13th, 2007
Article by: Mike Carter (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Ultra
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PRODUCT PICTORAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Cabling for the motherboard includes the ususal load-out of power, reset, HDD LED, and power LED. Ultra uses a separate speaker “dongle” which is included in the bag of assembly screws.
USB , FireWire and audio motherboard plugs are also present and accounted for.
Ultra has also included both exhaust and intake fans, 120mm and 80mm respectively. Both use 3-pin connectors, which can either connect to the PSU or to your motherboard fan headers.
That about does it for a quick walkaround, so let's get to building!
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
For this review, I used an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor, FIC motherboard, Samsung DVD burner, and a single 120gb HDD. This should be a typical setup for a SFF case.
The first order of business is to mount the motherboard. I found the tray to be relatively sturdy, but the I/O shield does flex a bit. Be careful removing the tray or you'll bend it.
Plugging cables into the motherboard is relatively easy- not only does the top come off the case, but the sides also lift off, exposing the entire inside of the case. Good thing, because there isn't a lot of room to move in there.
Next up is the optical drive. To mount the drive, you must first remove the HDD cage, as it blocks two of the screw locations. As mentioned earlier, all drives must be mounted with screws. It's also a good idea to plug in your IDE cable and power cable before screwing the drive down, as there is little space between the drive and PSU. If I'd had a slightly longer drive, this would have been a problem.
Mounting the HDD also requires screws, and is accomplished easily due to the removable cage. I had some problems with the cage, though. One, it has some sharp edges, so watch your fingers. Secondly, the mounting is a bit funky. The cage slides downward, using a slot-and-tab arrangement, along with two screws at the bottom to hold the cage in place. I found that once the ODD was installed, it flexed the cage mount enough to make reinstalling the cage a bit of a chore. I also gave up on installing the front-most screw, as it is situated behind the HDD and difficult to reach properly.
After a bit of fussing, all cabling was installed, the case buttoned up, and ready for testing. I measured the CPU temp at a baseline of 32c at idle in an open case.
So how well does the MicroFly perform? Temps at idle stayed at 32c, rising to 50c under load. Not too shabby, considering the cramped quarters the CPU is residing in.
The XVS PSU also posted some nice numbers:
These numbers didn't move at all, staying rock steady under load testing.
All in all, a solid performer, in an attractive package.