A Closer Look – From the Outside
(Courtesy of Ultra Products)
The Ultra m998 is slightly larger than most typical mid-tower ATX style cases and features a beautiful black anodized finish inside and out. The main chassis is all aluminum but the removable front bezel is actually plastic and the motherboard tray is chrome-plated steel. While the m998 may appear a bit utilitarian for a high-end gaming enclosure (there are no skulls or panels that light up) the simple design is both functional and attractive. When compared to a typical mid-tower ATX enclosure (Lian Li PC60 for example) the m998 is wider (1-1/8”) and deeper (2-1/4”), which gives more room inside to work.
Located in the top section of the front panel are four 5.25” bays and two 3.5” bays. Plenty of room for two or three optical drives, a multi-function display controller, and maybe a universal card reader – just right for the majority of users. Below the drive bays are vertical slots that let air into the front of the case.
Located down the right side of the front panel is a neatly organized control panel with all the basic buttons, LEDs and I/O ports. The I/O ports, which include an eSATA port, are normally hidden behind a small door that pops open when pressed.
• System Power Button
• System Power LED
• System HDD Activity LED (1 and 2)
• System Reset Button
• (2) USB 2.0 Ports
• eSATA Port
• IEEE1394 Firewire Port
• Microphone Jack
• Headphone Jack
The one piece front bezel can be roved by releasing three plastic catches on the inside of both sides (with the side panels off). In fact the front bezel must be removed to access the front intake fan filter and the screws that secure the two internal drive bays.
With the front bezel removed you can also see that the front I/O ports are mounted in a standard PCI slot-type bracket, which can be removed and replaced with another PCI slot device if desired.