SmoothCreations Neptune Xtreme Machine -
Page 3 -- Hardware Analysis
Obviously the Neptune is huge. It's a full tower case made of clear acrylic, sourced from Danger Den (the Tower 26). I change that. It's fricken huge! I'll apologize up front, too, there's a lot to show, I took a lot of photos, and it's going to take a little while for the pages to load.
Checkout the custom grillwork. Yup, those are 120mm fans, blowing through a massive 120.4 radiator. And they glow. The case is so huge because it is specifically designed to fit 120.4 radiators. I'm sure many readers know trying to fit a 120.4 radiator in a case that isn't designed to support one is one heck of a problem.
Lemme show you 5 sides of the Neptune. I think it's worth it. I should show you the base too, which SmoothCreations also painted, but I didn't want to tip the thing over to get the shot.
Ah, you know, such modesty. Who swims with shells anyway? :) And now the top:
Yeah, some panels of the case are blue acrylic, not just your standard clear. However, the paint job is superb, even if it does tend to generate puns. Or Sponge Bob-isms. Well, it would if I spent more time watching Sponge Bob instead of Hannah Montana. Uh.
Right. I didn't use the top buttons, since they aren't labeled, so I don't really know what they do. I left the sides off it for testing, and just used the motherboard's 'start' button, which worked well enough.
And the Man himself, Poseidon:
King Neptune looks about to throw down. Hey, fun fact: historically speaking, when the Romans conquered the Greeks, they assimilated a good number of things, including mythology.
In the case of Neptune, they took the God of the Sea, Poseidon, and pretty much renamed him Neptune. Yeah, a college education kinda sucks in a way. Not to be too harsh though, the ancient Romans did invent concrete, and surprisingly enough, had very well maintained roads throughout their empire. Short story: If you want to be ubergeek, you'd call him Poseidon. That and you'd win serious points with Greek chicks, which are pretty hot.
In any event, the case is so glossy and shiny that it needed odd angles for photography.
And here's the back. Not to be too inane, but I like the PSU at the bottom of the chassis, it makes for an easier time getting cables in and out the back. That reminds me of another Greek anecdote. Did you know...
That there's another page of pictures?
SmoothCreations delivers another thrilling custom computer. The LANShark is small, light, and fast. While it is plenty fast, its overclocking potential is limited by its cooling, however. The aim towards durabilty may compromises its full speed, but the custom paint job totally makes up for it.
SmoothCreations Neptune Xtreme Machine
Listen up buttercup, King Neptune just mopped the floor. What I thought was going to be a custom case review turned out to a full-on bad-ass PC system to review. OK, I'm game. While it might not be the ultimate to the hardcore, SmoothCreations built an awesome machine, worthy of praise and attention.