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XSPC H1 “Hive” Cube+ Extreme Enclosure

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Posted September 29, 2012 by Deton in Cases & PSU
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Release Date: Currently available.
 
Price at time of Review: $499.95
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Craftsmanship, quality brushed aluminum, roomy.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Expensive, no front I/O panel or USB 3.0, 5.25" bay covers are optional and must be purchased separately.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
It's a pricey case but you get what you pay for; this case can swallow up to five 120mm radiators without modding.
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Introduction

If you’re in the market for an enclosure to house all your water cooling gear, chances are you’ve considered the XSPC H1 Cube+. The H1 Cube+ is tailored toward the water cooling enthusiasts and modders. It has been one of the most desirable water cooling cases available.

“Go big or go home” is sometimes the mentality of serious water cooling enthusiasts. The H1 Cube+ fits this description. It is a behemoth, standing 21 inches tall. It also has the hipline of 19 inches wide with an arm span of 24 inches deep. It is an enormous case, and offers plenty of real estate for radiators.

The H1 Cube was introduced to the market in 2011 and it was XSPC’s first journey into the PC enclosure segment. It was hit and miss for the first-born. However, a year later, their newest revision was reborn, which includes the plus (+) sign at the end of the name. It represents the new improved design of the Hive 1.

The H1 Cube+ showed up at my doorstep in a box of 8 inches (20cm) tall by 67cm square. I find myself wondering how a huge case can fit into an 8 inch cardboard box. Ast it turns out the design is extremely modular and constructed from 100% aluminum. After assembly, the Cube+ can swallow whole XL-ATX motherboards and five 120mm radiators (3x Triple, 2x Dual, 1x Single) without any modding. Does that tickle your water cooling addiction?

Read on to find out what the “Hive” is all about and if it improves upon the original.

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