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Ultra Microfly SX6

Ultra Microfly SX6

The Case (Cont’d)

Since the MicroFly SX6 is a mATX case, you can expect the interior to be a little cramped. As well as the two 5.25” bays and single 3.5” bay there is a small cage which allows the installation of two internal 3.5” hard disk drives. Two 3.5” bays for HDD’s is really the maximum possible because Ultra could not place another at the left side of the case, there is no way to support the cage with only a small bar connecting the front and rear part of the case. The thin bar was necessary because it is right above the motherboard’s expansion slots and anything else could obstruct some of the larger expansion cards, especially large PCIe cards. For cooling, the MicroFly SX6 has a low speed 120mm exhaust fan at the rear and a medium speed 80mm intake fan at the front, providing good airflow even for the best mATX systems.

Although the MicroFly SX6 is a small mATX case, the removable motherboard tray makes system assembling much easier. Paradoxically to take the top and side panels of the case you only have to remove one thumbscrew, but you need to remove 4 thumbscrews to pull the motherboard tray out. Once the motherboard tray is out you can place the motherboard and any expansion cards on it. The HDD cage can also be removed by removing the two small screws which secure it into place, but for that you will either need a long screwdriver or one which bends.

After the system is assembled inside the MicroFly SX6 it will take a lot of work for a serious modder or builder to hide/route the cables. Thankfully the PSU is modular or the system would turn out to be too messy to justify windowed side panels. There is enough clearance above the CPU to fit a decent cooler, but the majority of tower coolers will not fit. Any expansion cards will fit as well since there is enough clearance between the PSU and the expansion slots, as well as between the slots and the front part of the chassis. In theory you could actually build an SLI system with one of the new mATX SLI motherboards however the included PSU has only one 6-pin PCIe connector; a shame really as the 35A/12V power output of the XVS PSU is more than enough for a 2-card SLI configuration. You could always use an adaptor to change two Molex connectors into one 6-pin PCIe connector.

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