Borg-Like ION Cube PC Wins Nvidia's Case Mod Contest

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A few months ago, 5 master modders were tasked with building one crazy Nvidia ION ITX-based PC using the best user-submitted designs posted at Modders-Inc. A final winner has now been selected, and it looks pretty amazing, no? Pics!


The system was built by Bill "Overkill Bill" Owen from mnpctech, based on a winning render by "Cheapskate". The worklogs of all the finalist mods are fun to flick through, and the hundreds of hours of work that went into the Cube's CNC milled sheets of aluminum and laser cut pieces of acrylic look worth it to me. [Modders-Inc and Mnpctech]

Full specs:

ION ITX-A-U Specifications
Processor 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 330
533 MHz FSB
System Memory, Dual channel DDR2 667 DIMM slots
Up to 4 GB of memory
VGA Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics
Supported Resolution 1920 x 1440 (VGA)
Expansion Slots PCI Express Mini Card (wireless card pre-installed)
Onboard IDE None
Onboard Serial ATA 3 SATA (3 Gb/sec.) connectors (RAID 0, 1, 0+1)
Onboard USB 10 USB 2.0
Onboard LAN Realtek RTL8211C GbE 10/100/1000
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC662 5.1 channel HD codec
Back Panel I/O 6 USB 2.0 ports
1 VGA port
1 DVI-I port
1 HDMI port
1 eSATA port
1 LAN port
1 PS2 keyboard port
2 S/PDIF-out ports (coaxial/optical)
3 Audio jacks: line-out, line-in, mic-in
1 DC jack
Onboard I/O Connectors 3 SATA connectors
4 USB 2.0 via 2 pin headers
1 RS-232 COM pin header
1 Front panel audio pin header
1 Front panel pin header
2 Fan pin headers
4-pin Molex connector (for peripheral power)
BIOS AMI BIOS 8 Mb flash memory
System Monitoring & Management: System power management, RTC timer
Operating Temperature 0ºC ~ 50ºC
Power DC 19 V @ 4.74 A
Form Factor: Mini-ITX (17 x 17 cm)
Includes Driver CD
CPU fan
90 W AC adapter & cord
Wireless antenna
3 SATA cables
1 SATA power cable



Looks like the "Alamo" cube at Astor Place in NYC: #nvidiaioncubemodcontest