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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: Interior

Lets now have a look at the inside of the Xigmatek Utgard and see whats good and whats not so good.

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Xigmatek have used the same securing method to attach the front panel to the chassis as they did with the Midgard, which works, but in my opinion is very cheap and requires you to tug quite hard in order to remove it. I had first thought that the only possibility for mounting a front intake fan was in the HDD caddy but upon closer inspection I noticed that there are fan mounting holes for two intake fans size options are 120mm, 90mm and 80mm. The metal brackets are removable and have tabs on the ends that allow you to re-attach it to the chassis. The mesh bay covers are also removable and therefore swappable so if you want a nice clean look then you can do away with either the 5.25" to 3.5" adapter piece or the badged piece too.

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The Xigmatek Utgard has room inside for ATX / Micro ATX motherboards and has a super large cut out for easy CPU backplate access. The important inner dimensions of the Utgard are as follows; 18.5cm from Motherboard tray to side panel, 30cm from the PCI backplates to 5.25" bays. The orange is a very nice contrast to the otherwise dark black chassis. There are a total of six cut-out's for cable routing, they don't have rubber grommets, but they don't need them as the finish around these cut-outs is very good as are all edges inside the chassis, no danger of cutting yourself in here.

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removing the back panel gives you the access required to route all of those wires out of sight, Xigmatek have had the foresight here to give a 1/2 inch gap between the motherboard tray and side panel for the thick bundles of cable you might want to hide behind here.

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Installed in the second from top 5.25" bay, is this 5.25" to 3.5" adapter. Intended for floppy drives or flash card readers or any other 3.5" devices you may have. Unfortunately this isn't intended for use with a HDD as the mounting holes are just slightly off. You may ask why I would want to install a HDD here, so read on to find out why.

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Here we have the HDD caddy which converts three 5.25" bays into a place to hold four 3.5" HDD's. This is the worst point about the Utgard case, allow me to explain. After installing all my hardware in the case I tried to remove the HDD caddy but found that the motherboard blocked me from withdrawing the caddy to the inside of the case, this meant that I had to take it out the front, which in turn meant that I had to remove three of the 5.25" metal plates, which was very difficult to do as thay are attached to the plate above and the plate below as well as attached to the chassis at each side too. In the end I resorted to using tin snips to remove the first one, after that it wasn't too difficult (good job I can screw them back in place). In short I had to deconstruct the front of the case to withdraw the caddy.

Once the caddy was removed I tried to insert a HDD into it, this proved very difficult as the rubber grommets installed to reduce vibration made it an extremely tight fit. Once i had managed to force a HDD in I came across my next problem - securing it in place, the screws provided with the Utgard are just that bit too short to go through the grommets and screw into the HDD, so now my HDD is sitting inside the caddy (while very tight and snug) unsecured until I can source some longer screws. All in all I was messing around for half an hour which was longer than it took to put in all my other hardware into the case. Also should you fill this caddy with drives you will also be restricting air intake to your case as this is the only intake fan, which is probably the reason behind the design change from the Midgard HDD rack to the current setup seen here in the Utgard, and will require you to install a second intake fan to provide efficient airflow.

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This is the bundled accessory package that comes with the Xigmatek Utgard which consists of a black and white illustrated instruction manual in various languages, three cable management clips, one of which you can see in use on the first photo on this page, two rubber grommets for use with the water cooling knock-out'son the back of the case and last but not least a selection of different screws and standoffs all contained within the black carboard box.



 

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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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