A Closer Look – From the Outside (Cont’d)
One of my favorite features is the removable top panel. This is such a simple item that is so often overlooked. In addition to the two easily removed side panels, the top of the m998 case can also be taken off after removing two thumb screws. This can make working in the top area of the case much easier (installing the PSU, 5.25” optical drives, and routing cables/wiring).
The left side panel features a large acrylic window to show off all your internal components. The window includes two vent openings: one for the CPU area (with an adjustable/removable duct) and one for the video card area. The CPU vent hole can be fitted with an 80mm fan if you choose.
Moving around to the back side of the enclosure reveals a typical mid-tower ATX style layout. The power supply opening is at the top with a 120mm Ultra labeled exhaust fan mounted below. The chrome plated steel motherboard tray is removable and includes 8 expansion slots and additional vent openings in the expansion card area.
A quick look at the bottom of the Ultra m998 chassis reveals four standard rubber feet, which can be replaced with the included caster wheels. The rubber feet work best when the case sits up on a desk but the casters can be a real convenience when the case is sitting on the floor underneath a work surface.
All four casters swivel and two of them incorporate a locking mechanism. The casters can be easily attached to the bottom panel with the provided screws (and you don’t have to remove the rubber feet).