Xoxide Blue Cold Cathode Review

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If you have cut your case to bits, put a window in it, painted it and still you find that it is missing something, this may be the answer. The next logical step after installing a window is to light it up so everyone can see what’s inside. I mean a window isn’t much good if you cant see inside right? There are many different light sources which you can use to light up the inside of your case, such as neons, light strips, light cable and so on. If you want the brightest and most spectacular you have to go with an Xoxide cold cathode.

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The cold cathode comes in a triangle shaped box which is about 1.5-2 feet in length. When I opened up the box I found the cold cathode wrapped in bubble wrap and all of the other components in a bag. You get the cold cathode which is in a case, a switch, instructions, cables, and a washer.

The cold cathode itself has an acrylic case around it and the 2 ends have squares on the which have velcro on them to attach to your computer.

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The inverter for the cold cathode is pretty well insulated, however there are some spots which are not. It comes with a good sized piece of velcro on the bottom which you can use to attach it to your case.

The cold cathode comes with the standard black, circular switch. You get a sticker which will be used to cut the hole to mount it and a washer. The cold cathode also comes with a 4 pin Molex connector which will attach to the inverter and to the switch.

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I will be putting the switch for the cold cathode in the corner of my side panel. I stuck the sticker to the backside of my side panel and went out to the garage to cut it out.


I used my drill to make the hole, and used the sticker as a guide to get it to the right size. After I cut the hole I pushed the button into it and lined it up so that it looked good.

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Installation of the cold cathode itself is simple, I removed the backing from the velcro on it and stuck it to the inside of my case. I placed it vertically on the back rather than the bottom because it lights everything up better. I tested it before I stuck it to where it was going to be. I also velcroed the inverter to the bottom of the case.

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After installing the cold cathode, inverter, and the switch I hooked it all together. I put the side of my case back on and fired it up. Before I had the cold cathode I could not see through my window at all when it was dark, and only a very little when the lights were on. With this blue cold cathode installed I can see everything. Here are some pictures of my case with the cold cathode on.

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The cold cathode was so bright that it even put light through my blowhole in the top of my case, very impressive.

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Conclusion

Everything this cold cathode from Xoxide is very cool and well put together. You get everything you will need to trick out your case and make it look really cool. If you are looking for lighting for your computer I would really recommend a cold cathode. These cold cathodes go for $38.99 and you can choose from blue, red, green, and black UV. For the price of you get everything shown and installation is really easy.

Overall I would give this a product a 10/10 and the OCmodshop seal of approval.

I would like to thank Xoxide, which is my newest sponsor for sending this cold cathode over for me to review, head on over and pick one up.

Brandon Turnbull is a technology enthusiast living in southern California. He has written numerous articles and tutorials about PC overclocking and modification.