A Closer Look – At the Inside
Removing the top and left side panel provides a nice view inside the Ultra m998 enclosure. All of the interior components have the same black anodized finish as the outside except for the motherboard tray, which is mirror-like chrome.
The motherboard tray appears to be chrome-plated steel (not polished stainless steel as Ultra’s specifications claim) and is secured by five thumb screws on the back panel and two machine screws inside. Once all the screws are removed the motherboard tray just slides out.
There are a total of 8 expansion slots and each slot cover is held in place with a dedicated machine screw (no tool-less quick releases here). The motherboard tray supports ATX, Extended ATX, and Micro ATX motherboards and uses threaded brass standoffs for mounting. Surprisingly, none of the mounting hole patterns are labeled (but its not too hard to figure out which holes to use).
Located across the front edge of the motherboard tray is Ultra’s Power Bar, which doubles as a power distribution and cable management system. It is supposed to help minimize cable clutter. You plug cables from the power supply into the top four connectors (two 4-pin Molex and two 6/8-pin PCI-E) and then use the supplied Power Bar expansion cables to power all the components located towards the bottom of the case. I personally will use the 4-pin drive connectors but my PCI-E cables go straight from the power supply to the video card connectors.