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

A few months ago, five 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" 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 aluminium 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 Chipset NVIDIA MCP7A-ION 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 Backplate CPU fan 90 W AC adaptor & cord Wireless antenna 3 SATA cables 1 SATA power cable

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