Xigmatek make several versions of this case, black and silver … with and without side windows. We received the silver model with window, which looks absolutely brilliant. It has a slight ‘industrial’ look to it, but with the accenting and colour scheme it also looks very attractive. The case is made from steel and plastic and weighs 15.4kg. It measures 230mm x 618mm x 663 mm (W x D x H).
At the top of the case is the power and reset button and several plastic flaps, which cover the I/O panel and a drive bay for removable storage (both 2.5 inch and 3.5 drives).
The flap is pushed upward to expose the ports underneath – it does seem a little flimsy and requires a bit of force to move. There is a eSATA connector, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports and a microphone and headphone port.
At the front of the case, down the right side bevel are two strip lights which indicate the power and hard drive activity. They look really good when they are lit up.
The whole front of the case is graced with a metal mesh material, which again really helps improve the appearance. There are two 120mm fans fitted behind this, these are used to bring in cool air across the drives and components.
We received the windowed version of the case, which will appeal to modders and overclockers who want to show off their snazzy new system build.
The rear has a total of six rubber mounted grommets to help with watercooling and cabling (top two are meant to be used for the USB 3.0 cables). There is space at the bottom and top of the case for a dual power supply configuration, handy for hard core overclockers. There is a 140mm exhaust fan positioned close to the top of the chassis. The more observant among you will see that there are 10 slots for expansion.
We used a high intensity flash for this shot to highlight the very attractive engraved ‘X’ logo in the top of the mesh panel.