Ultra Grid ATX Case - Grid ATX System Installation

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Ultra Grid ATX Case
Grid Case Specifications
Grid ATX System Installation

Test System:

I know I need a new motherboard for my system as that is currently the biggest drawback.  Regardless, it's still a decent system that generates a fair bit of heat and tests the size of a chassis. 

 

Installation:

Installation was pretty straight-forward with the Ultra Grid, everything went in easy and with the tool-less drive bays, its nice and fast too. The case is your standard ATX case, so there isn't going to be any big surprises while installing your system.

This case is like a lot of other Mid-Towers on the market today, and does not offer a lot of room for oversized cards such as the 8800GTX, and when using a card like the 8800GTX your going to end up blocking a couple slots for hard drives, which isn't a problem for most 1-2 hard drive configurations, but if you plan on putting more than 2 in the case, you might be out of luck. This really isn't Ultra fault in any way, since when the case was designed majority of video cards weren't this long and honestly this case probably wasn't marketed towards the high-end consumers, but still, its worth noting if you are considering buying, because no one likes to be surprised while trying to install all your gear into a new case.

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Video Card and Front HDD Rack - Tight Fit....
 

 

As you can see in the below picture, everything installed nice and easy, and I had no issues with the installation. This case is your pretty standard ATX case, and doesn't really have any groundbreaking options.

One other thing to note is the PCI card covers on the back of the case are snap-off (with the exception of the top 2 slots that come with a removable covers that can be easily put back on with a single screw), so if you decide later on that you want to remove a card or two that you've installed, your going to have to find a cover to fill the slot, probably not a huge deal for most consumers, but worthy of noting.

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System Installation - Nice and Easy

 

Conclusion:

Overall this is a very decent case, its got a nice sleek look to it, it doesn't really have any "one-of-a-kind" features but in the world of cases most people aren't looking for that, they just want a case that will do the job, look nice, and not be a huge pain to get everything into, and the Ultra Grid falls into that category.

The features of this case are pretty standard, and didn't really blow me away, but the features it does have (Magnetic front cover, tool-less drive bays) all worked like they were supposed too, the tool-less drive bays aren't the greatest I've ever seen, but they worked as advertised and really save you quite a bit of time when you are installing hard drives and optical drives. I was also impressed at the quietness of the built-in fans, sometimes the standard fans can be rather noisy, but thats not the case at all.

My biggest complaint with the Grid case is that the front panel feels a little bit cheap, the hinges and frame of the front cover are plastic, with a metal front, its not too bad, but just feels like with a bit of wear and tear it might not stand up as well as some other cases on the market. Otherwise I didn't really have any other major complaints about the Grid, its one of those cases that delivers what it advertises, however it really doesn't have any special options, its really your standard ATX case.

One thing we noticed when reviewing this case is that it retails for approximately $132.99 CDN, however you can step up and get this case with a 700 Watt Ultra power supply for pretty much the same price (and actually cheaper on some sites), which quite honestly is totally worth it, and the nice thing is you are getting a decent power supply and not just some generic named power supply, and I'd assume most people would go with the other model to get an included power supply, especially when its practically free.

At the end of the day this is a case marketed towards the value consumer that doesn't want a "generic" case, and if you do a little searching around the internet and find this case with an included power supply (around the same price as without a power supply), it definitely delivers. This case doesn't introduce any new groundbreaking features or options, but overall it does the job and looks very good, and therefore I can see being a great choice for a lot of people looking for a new mid-range case.

 

Pros:

  • Well built, Sturdy Case
  • Very Nice Polished Finish
  • Built-In Fans are Nice and Quiet


Cons:

  • Front Cover is Mainly made of Plastic

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
8/10
Performance:
9/10
Software Pack:
N/A
Stability/Durability:
N/A
Features:
8/10
Value:
9/10
Total Score 8.5

 

A big thanks to Ultra Products for sending us out the Grid case to take a look at. If you have any questions or comments regarding this review, please feel free to drop us a line in the forum at the link below.