Unfortunately, the lack of eSATA at the front is not alleviated at the machine’s rear either. Indeed the connectivity found here more resembles that of… well, an older workstation rather than a modern consumer PC. For one thing, there’s an actual serial port – yep, in a cutting-edge gaming PC at the brink of 2010. This is followed by dated PS2 connections for mouse and keyboard (though the latter can come in handy for adjusting BIOS settings), six USB ports, another FireWire port and a Gigabit LAN connection.
There are also analogue and digital audio outputs from the motherboard, though these are made irrelevant by the dedicated Creative X-Fi Titanium sound card offering optical digital input and output as well as five 3.5mm jacks for up to 9.1 surround sound. The twin 295 GTXs, meanwhile, offer four dual-link DVI connections though no HDMI or DIN outputs.
As for the included peripherals, the Fujitsu keyboard is a gunmetal grey affair with black, shallow-profile keys. It looks pretty slick and feedback is actually quite good. However, it’s as basic as it gets in that it doesn’t have any extra controls (not even volume) and worst of all it’s PS2 rather than USB!
The Fujitsu GL5600 WildRay gaming mouse is a far more attractive proposition, however. It’s a 10-button peripheral dressed in surprisingly fingerprint-resistant glossy red and black, and connects through USB. It has all the features you’d expect from a decent gaming mouse, including a 2,000dpi laser sensor with dedicated sensitivity switches above and below the scroll wheel (for 400, 800, 1,600, 2,000), three thumb buttons, a four-way rubberized scroll wheel offering notched feedback and a three-increment 30g weights system with accompanying padded case for storing them.
Opening the Celsius ULTRA up is achieved simply by pulling a handle in the centre of the left panel. This reveals a unique interior that strongly enforces Fujitsu’s claim of a ground-up custom design. The huge Fujitsu 1,000W power supply is mounted at the top, and ejects air only out the back. The motherboard is positioned below this, with a large plastic shroud system covering most of it and cooling the CPU, RAM and twin-GPU setup. In particular, an 80mm fan cools the RAM, while CPU’s cooler directs air to a 120mm fan at the case’s back, and a further 120mm fan cools the dual graphics cards. The shroud is held in place by a metal rail but this, along with the shroud, is removable to make upgrading easier.
Despite some attempts at cable management this PC looks very messy on the inside, largely thanks to the non-modular PSU. This is not as big an issue as it would be in most cases, though, thanks to the aforementioned shroud.