Date: March 16th, 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
Behind the front door, which is emblazoned with a large Ultra logo, you'll find four 5.25 inch bays and a top-mounted 3.5 inch bay. Below the door, and offset from center, is the power button with an itegrated LED, an HDD activity LED, and a reset button.
Around the back, you'll find seven expansion slots, the grille for a 120mm exhaust fan, which is not included, and the PSU mounting location. Also visible are the four smallish thumbscrews securing the sides of the case.
Removing the side panel reveals the utilitarian side of the eTorque. Both drive cages are tool-free, and the sideways-mounted HDD drive cage is a nice touch. The ODD cage holds four drives, the HDD cage holds another four, and the top bay holds your floppy drive. Nothing flashy, no removable bays or configuration options.
The side door holds two vents: a ducted CPU vent, with an adjustable wind tunnel, and a rectangular GPU vent. Both vents are covered with chromed grilles, while the CPU vent is also covered by a square of black mesh.
On the top front of the bezel, you'll find connectors for USB, FireWire, and audio. This is becoming a standard layout, and one that I'm of two minds about. If the case is on the floor, you'll be fine. If you prefer your case on your desk, the connectors are in an awkward position.
The eTorque includes the standard load-out of connectors, for both the motherboard and the front panel. The front panel connectors were tied up with a zip tie in the FDD bay, and required a steady hand with a pair of scissors to remove the tie.
That completes our quick tour of the eTorque, now let's get to building and testing.