|Xigmatek Utgard CPC-T90DB-U01 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 29 June 2010|
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Detailed Exterior Features
Lets now take a closer look at the exterior features of the Xigmatek Utgard mid tower chassis.
The Xigmatek Utgard is not unlike many cases currently on the market with an all mesh front panel, Top mounted I/O panel followed by a recessed area and then more mesh. this is by no means a bad thing, and as previously mentioned the Xigmatek Utgard also has 3 styling choices for the side panel - a feature that a lot of case manufacturers don't offer. The recessed area makes a lot of sense seeing as not all cases that offer front e-SATA and/or USB connectivity actually offer you somewhere to put your connected device.
Looking at the front I/O panel I don't really need to tell you whats what here as it is more than clear. Quantity is the main focus here - four USB ports and two e-SATA ports are more than you get with most cases and the addition of two fan controllers that control up to six fans (three on each) means that you wont need to fork out for an aftermarket solution. The power LED is blue and the HDD activity LED is red. The Utgard sports the brightest blue LED I've seen to indicate power status, and it really catches your eye. The front panel has a protective film in place and is glossy black when removed.
Looking towards the top at the back of the Utgard case a little clip is visible. Simply push the tab upwards and the top panel will slide backwards and lift off...
Revealing a very large area that will capacitate dual 120mm or dual 140mm water cooling radiators that are less than 46mm thick. There are two brackets to attach to your radiator to keep it from moving around, the rear bracket has two possible locations and the front bracket has just one. By my own measurements the dimensions for this area (with top cover on) are 4.5cm deep x 32cm long x 16cm wide. There is also a cutout towards the front of the case for cable/pipe routing.
A close up here of the PSU dust filter that simply slides out to the back for easy cleaning.