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Ultra Violet Genesis XOC - Ultra Violet Genesis XOC
In order to maintain the shiny theme, and provide somewhere else to plaster the name of the machine, two more Perspex panels cover the fan grills that run along either side of the bottom of the case. Each is held proud of the grills, to enable air to still flow through, but the gap left is quite narrow and will inevitably restrict airflow to some extent. Personally, I feel having the panels ties the theme together nicely and is worth the minimum sacrifice in airflow, but some people in the office felt they were a pointless accessory. What is certain, though, is they are a little flimsy as only four screws secure each panel and were it to get snagged while moving the PC, for instance, it could easily snap off.
An Alphacool 240 x 128 LCD panel takes up two of the front 5.25in drive bays from where it shows you information about system usage and temperatures. All of which would be quite nice is it wasn't for the fact the screen quality is below par. The colour is uneven and viewing angles are poor and, when you consider your PC is likely to be some distance to either the left or right of you when sat on your desk, the screen is going to be of limited use.
Also falling well below my expectations is the small oval UV sticker that sits in the middle of the front of the case. From a distance it looks fine and ties in well with the overall theme that UV has created. However close-up it just reeks of tacky afterthought. While it's understandable UV wants to cover the standard Silverstone logo that sits below it, they would've been better off filling the original logo and painting over it. These minor niggles aside, though, the external appearance of the UV is mostly impressive.
The rest of the front is pretty standard stuff with a couple of bays available for optical drives and, concealed behind a small door, connections for USB, Firewire and audio are also present.
The mass of tubing and cables that are packed inside does look a little messy but is largely understandable - there's only so many ways you can route over ten lengths of tubing inside a computer case. However, I can't help but think if this were done by one of Vadim's watercooling wizards it would be just that bit neater. Also, the layout used by the Vadim Fusion LQX looks better, where the hard disks are mounted in the top section of the case, behind the front fan, and a larger three fan radiator is used in the bottom section, instead of as here, putting the hard drives in the bottom section along with a two fan radiator.
Also, the water reservoir that is suspended vertically down the centre of the machine had come away from its mounting brackets during transit and was hanging loose inside the case when it arrived. If the PC were to have taken any large jolts with the reservoir like this, it could have done some serious damage to the rest of the innards. As it was, though, everything else was intact and it was just a case of sliding the side panel off and putting the reservoir back into its brackets before starting up. We were also assured this problem would be fixed for retail samples.