Aerocool has announced a new entry in its case line-up: the Xpredator Cube, a more compact alternative to its existing Xpredator gaming cases.
Borrowing some of the style decisions made for the Xpredator X1
back in 2012, the Xpredator Cube is considerably more compact at 280mm x 418mm x 412mm. Designed for LAN-party use or to be displayed on top of, rather than underneath, a desk, the case includes a window integrated into the side-panel and a removable horizontal mounting tray for the motherboard with support for both micro-ATX and mini-ITX boards. Despite its compact dimensions, Aerocool claims it doesn't lack for upgradeability with support for 320mm graphics cards extendible to 345mm with the removal of the front intake fan, CPU heatsinks up to 187mm in height and dual-radiator water-cooling systems.
The Xpredator Cube supports three 3.5" or 2.5" drives in a removable cage, with two more 2.5" drives supported in the 5.25" cage - also removable - underneath the single externally-accessible optical drive bay. Compared to the usual Xpredator layout, the power supply location is shifted to allow longer units to be fitted, while the two bundled fans - a 200mm intake and 140mm outtake - can be expanded with an additional four fans. As with other Xpredator cases, the Cube includes an eye-catching vent structure on the lid that will likely be somewhat divisive.
The front of the case includes the aforementioned 5.25" drive bay along with a top-mounted input-output panel featuring two USB 3.0 ports, analogue headphone output and microphone input jacks, and an integrated fan controller supporting up to 15W as standard. The case itself is made from 0.7mm steel, reinforced with Aerocool's own side-bar design. The case is to launch in Black, Red, Orange and White Editions.
UK pricing for the case has yet to be confirmed, with Aerocool setting a US manufacturers recommended retail price of $125.90 (around £79 excluding taxes.) More information is available on the official website