|Xigmatek Utgard CPC-T90DB-U01 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Wednesday, 30 June 2010|
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Closer Look: Exterior
In this section we are going to look at the design of the Xigmatek Utgard and discuss the various features. The Utgard is following in the footsteps of many other mid tower cases by going for the full mesh front which is a rather nice design and certainly has appeal.
The front I/O panel sits at the top on the Utgard which is a design first for Xigmatek, who normally place it halfway down on the front, around where the badge is. The badge is held in place by double sided sticky tape and is easy to remove should you find the need to, either that or remove the 5.25" bay cover it is stuck to and swap it with the one at the top that you would remove when installing an optical drive. Each 5.25" bay cover is made from steel mesh and has foam backing to act as a dust filter.
On top of the Xigmatek Utgard there is a recessed area at the front and a raised meshed panel that is hiding a nice surprise that I will discuss later in the review.
Looking now at the side access panel there are two cut-out's in which to install additional fans. The top cut-out, which is directly over the CPU, can accommodate either an 80mm, 90mm, 120mm or 140mm fan. If you have a tall CPU cooler than this may be out of the question. Below that is the next cut-out which is directly over the PCI slots and can accommodate either a 120mm or 140mm fan. The side panels are on very tight and require a good tug to remove for the first few times as is usually the case with new cases.
Moving round to the back and its nice to see that the paint job extends here too, although the paint has started to come off of the rivets a little. As I mentioned earlier this chassis shares the same design as the Midgard and the difference here are the vented PCI slot plates, a little upgrade but it all adds up to better airflow and therefore cooling.
The rear access panel also has ventilation cut-outs the top one sits right where the CPU backplate will be and the bottom vent doesn't really seem to serve a purpose. This side panel is exactly the same as the one fitted to the Midgard chassis, at least the bottom vent had a purpose there as the HDD rack faced from side to side rather than front to back as is the case with the Utgard.
On the bottom are two large feet at the front and 2 smaller feet at the back, this isn't a problem however as the Utgard stands very sturdy, the feet give the chassis a ground clearance of 1.8cm. The ventilation that you see in the middle is for a 140mm or 120mm to be fitted inside, and the vent at the back is for the PSU.