MetallicGear has just announced the launch of its latest budget oriented, Phanteks powered case, the NEO Qube. Launching at $100 / £90 for both the black and white variants, this dual compartment cube chassis packs in a lot of value for the money. Despite the fact it is clearly heavily inspired by two very notable predecessors the Lian Li PC-011 Dynamic, and Corsair’s Carbide Air 740 Cube case, there’s a bit more going on here than meets the eye.
The NEO Qube offers a spacious dual chamber setup, allowing you to separate a great deal of your hardware into two different compartments improving internal temperatures and airflow in the process. MetallicGear’s putting a lot of emphasis on the Qube’s ability to support dual systems from the outset. Simply pick up a Phanteks Revolt X power supply, and you can run both of your systems off a single power switch and PSU. The second system, an ITX setup in the rear of the chassis that supports half-height PCIe add-in cards, is aimed at those streamers and content creators who’d prefer to let a second processor deal with the encoding and storage side of their work, and you won’t need any additional brackets from the outset, which is where the company is trying to differentiate itself from the PC-O11.
|Motherboard Support||E-ATX, ATX, M-ATX, ITX|
|Colors Available||Black, White|
|3.5" Drive Support||x2 (2 included)|
|2.5" Drive Support||x5 (5 included, 3 if 3.5” bays are used) + 2 optional|
|Radiator Support||360mm Roof, Bottom, Side|
|Fan Support||2x 140mm/3x120mm Bottom, 2x140mm/3x120mm Top, 3x 120mm Side|
|Vertical GPU Support||Yes (requires bracket)|
|Graphics Card Clearance||16.9 - inches|
|CPU Tower Clearance||5.9 - inches|
|Dimensions||10.7 x 17.9 x 18.3 - inches|
As for the overall build, it’s a mid-tower chassis constructed from pressed steel and tempered glass, complete with D-RGB lighting along the front of the case, and some seriously hefty support for liquid-cooling too. According to MetallicGear you can install up to a 360mm radiator in the side, top and bottom of the chassis, and it has sufficient clearances too. What will be interesting to see is just how close in sizing and dimensions are to the PC-O11, and whether EKWB’s O11D Distro-Plate G1 fits in it or not.
Will this be the next best budget case of 2020?
Stay on the Cutting Edge
Join the experts who read Tom's Hardware for the inside track on enthusiast PC tech news — and have for over 25 years. We'll send breaking news and in-depth reviews of CPUs, GPUs, AI, maker hardware and more straight to your inbox.
As Associate Editor of Tom's Hardware's prestigous British division, Zak specializes in system building, case reviews and peripherals, and has a particular penchant for liquid-cooling. He's also a lover of all things Viking/Scandinavian (thus the poor attempt at a beard).