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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Xigmatek Utgard CPC-T90DB-U01 Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Xigmatek Utgard Final Thoughts
Xigmatek CPC-T90DB Conclusion

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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# RE: Xigmatek Utgard CPC-T90DB-U01 Computer CaseAdam 2010-06-30 07:42
I've had this case for a couple of months now and generally the construction and design are pretty sound.

As said though the HDD caddy is a bugger to work with, very difficult to pull out and actually fitting HDD's in it can be a pain too.

The front panel on the other hand is appalling, the power button had a cheap feel to it, the knobs are poorly made and on mine, has a faulty contruction. For starters there was no cable for the HDD activity LED, attaching USB devices causes the power connection to the B set of fans to become unreliablek, it also becomes extremely hot where (I guess) the resistor is.

Shame really as otherwise for the money this is a very good case.
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# RE: Xigmatek Utgard CPC-T90DB-U01 Computer CaseAdam 2010-06-30 07:47
Forgot to mention there was a problem with the screws provided as well, there were too many of some types and yet far too few of others.

Xigmatek seem to be having problems with quality control.
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# Re: Xigmatec UtgardAndrew 2010-09-02 02:55
Yes, you've got it right, Adam. They seem to have a quality control issue, I only got the case yesterday so I can't say whether I'm suffering from the same problems you've had, but they messed up the screws they provided, giving me over 20 of one type instead of 4, none of another type instead of 10, and only 5 M/B screws leaving my motherboard tenuously attached to the case!
So far, quite worrying, but hopefully there won't be any more problems!
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# bad position for power supplyrobert sandalls 2010-09-16 18:05
after buying this nice looking case i mounted my 750 watt power supply into position, but the main lead from my power supply that supplies the power to my asus m2n68-am se2 motherboard was 3 inches too short!!!!. i ended up having to leave my power supply sitting un-secured in the bottom of this case.

surely the makers of this case should take into account that the power connector on certain motherboards are not all in the same position, or is there an extention that's available to allow me to secure my power supply into position?.
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# Pretty Standard LocationBruceBruce 2010-09-16 18:21
The bottom rear location is pretty standard by now, but I do understand your pain. I have always had problems with the 4-pin (or 8-pin) COU 12V connection, and have resigned myself to always using an extension cable. I just bought 3 or 4 and keep one handy....

However, I have never had a problem with the main (24-pin) cable and connector. Where is it located on your motherboard? Can you bypass the behind-the-tray routing and gain some length that way?
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# RE: Pretty Standard Locationrobert sandalls 2010-09-18 03:01
the 24 pin connector is located on the top right hand side of my motherboard bruce, and it dosent matter where i try to divert the connector it dosent reach my friend. i'll make up an extention to add to the 24 pin connector on my psu. thank you for your advise.
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# Make vs. BuyBruceBruce 2010-09-18 06:10
Hmmm....that connector location was ideal for when all PSUs were top-mounted, I guess.

There are extension cables available to buy, if you don't want to go to the trouble of makiing one:

performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2512

frozencpu.com/products/3224/psu-174/12_24-pin_ATX_Extension_Ca ble.html
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# RE: bad position for power supplyshrekdaklown 2011-10-04 10:21
you can buy extension cables for that and they are cheap as can be
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# Mrctkhaw 2010-11-26 17:07
The first time I connect the headphone to the front panel, it works.
Subsequently, it fails no matter how i try to configure my 'Realtek HD Audio Manager', also tried to use different headphone without success.

The controlling fan speed knobs are very hot to touch, hopefully it wouldn't fail later on due to heat stress.
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# Worst case everKitson 2010-12-04 16:35
This case is horrible i had two and all with the same problem. The front fan control are both faulty. The mother board screws don't fit correctly, there were screws missing in both cases i got. The build quality is zero
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# Bloody Good Case Shame About Cheap Controllerstevevnicks 2011-01-31 18:32
this case has to be the best case for its money by far, brill!, apart from which is quite a major thing really the fan controller front pannel, frankly its cheap as dirt and built by 3 year olds without any adults preasent! also same probs as other people but those nothing to worry about .. the heat the fan controller gets is very worrying, to the point of, is this cheap peace of sh!$ going to end up damagen my expensive PSU in long term use? , i like this case enuff to rip out the cheap controller and add the controller it deserves !! all in all very happy.
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# RE: Xigmatek Utgard CPC-T90DB-U01 Computer Caseshrekdaklown 2011-10-04 10:24
to all the people with issues involving the fan controller it was only made for the fans that come in the case which are low voltage fans when you connect normal fans they drw more power and overheat the controler
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