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Morex Cubid 3688 Mini-ITX Case Review
Posted on August 27, 2003

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Unscrewing and removing the drive tray reveals more of the inner workings of the 3688. The white doubled-up cable in the centre can be connected to the internal USB 2.0 header on an EPIA M. Classic EPIAs and EPIA Vs will fit, but will not be able to use the USB 2.0 ports on the front. The Internal ATX power cable has a floppy-style connector and a standard 4-pin Molex connector. These connect to any optical drive that is fitted, and to any 2.5" hard drive that is fitted, with a cable adaptor - the Molex connector is not intended for use with a 3.5" hard drive.

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We fitted an optical drive and hard drive to the drive tray - it's time to find that impossibly small screwdriver we reserve for such purposes. Don't forget to screw in the slimline IDE to desktop IDE adaptor to the back of your optical drive.

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These are the goodies you get in the box. A power cable, the power supply, a plastic vertical-mounting stand (thankfully much more substantial and effective than the stand supplied with the 26xx models), a slimline IDE to desktop IDE adaptor for an optical drive, and a 2.5" HDD conversion and connection cable for a laptop-sized HDD, and a bag of assorted screws.

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Building tip #1: Make sure the I/O panel is firmly fitted at all four corners into the space at the back of the case. It is a snug fit between the motherboard and DC-DC converter internally, but very easy if you snap the panel in fully. We'll take this opportunity to attach the USB 2.0 header cable and the case fan to the header on the motherboard.

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Tip #2: Loop your CPU fan cable round tightly, to avoid it getting sucked through the immense vortex created by the 60mm case fan. It might also be a good time to add some RAM.

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