13 Barebones Reviewed Are Anything But Square

Under The Hood

Everything under control: no loose cables in the case

Opens on both sides: easy installation of the hardware

Pros And Cons


  • Parallel interface;
  • Easy installation of hardware;
  • Edges ground down;
  • Space-saving cable routing.


  • No DVI connector;
  • Loud CPU fan;
  • No display;
  • No covers for front ports.

Brief Conclusion

The XC Cube EY65 can adapt to any user and any situation via the two AGP and PCI interfaces. Like almost every barebone, the EY65 also has space in the interior for one 5.25" and one 3.5" drive and two expansion cards. Like all AOpen barebones, the XC Cube EY65 also has the parallel interface routed to the outside. A negative feature of the XC Cube EY65 is the run-of-the-mill fan, which is already loud at low temperatures.

Cable ties keep the barebone tidy

Siggy Moersch