The Cubitek XL-Tank is a solid offering, and we’re big fans of the all-aluminum construction. Manufacturers who specialize in these types of design are rare, and it’s perhaps no surprise that the interior design of the XL-Tank looks eerily familiar, as we’ve seen something very similar before from Lian Li. That being said, Cubitek has done an excellent job in the implementation of the included features.
And those features are impressive for the most part: excellent cooling with the included fans, 8 expansion slots, liquid cooling holes with rubber grommets and the addition of USB3.0 at the front control panel all bring solid features here. The large intake fan is great, and the ability to internally house a 240mm radiator is enticing to water cooling enthusiasts. The vertical VGA support is a good idea but in practice it is probably more of a nuisance since it’s very tough to work around.
The build quality is excellent and the aesthetics are very restrained and conservative, so if you’re looking for blue LED lighting effects and windows, then move along because this case isn’t for you. At the time of writing this review the XL tank is only available on-line in Australia for a prize of 249 AU but then again you are getting what you pay for with any product; this case will last you for a good time to come and must be considered an investment. The only downside is for this price there are some features that can be found elsewhere such as hot swap drive bays, grometted cabling holes, black interior, and the ability to internally house a 360mm radiator. So there are a few limitations here despite the premium price tag and target market.
That being said, the Cubitek XL-Tank is a very impressive case. It won’t suit everyone’s tastes, but if you appreciate a classic and understated design aesthetic with an attention to detail in an all-aluminum construction, then you really ought to take a close look at the XL-Tank.