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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

Detailed Interior Features

Now that we have had a look inside the Utgard case its time to examine each part in more detail. Xigmatek have some interesting tool free features that actually work so lets take a closer look.

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Installed in the top of the case is one of Xigmatek's newest fans - The XLF-F1703 which is a 170mm white LED fan with a max RPM of 800, 65.3 CFM an a noise level of <18 dBA. If this isn't enough for your needs then you can remove it and install two 120mm or 140mm fans in its place.

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Moving down the back of the Utgard case Xigmatek have installed an XLF-F1253 120mm white LED cooling fan (same as front intake fan) max 1500 RPM and 61 CFM and also with quiet level <20 dBA. Above the fan are the first two water cooling knockouts.

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Below that are the seven PCI slots, they are using the same tool free clips that were used in the Midgard-W, the original Midgard came with different tool free clamps that got bad feedback and so Xigmatek came up with this design. These clips work very well as they have a little bit on the end that actually goes through the screw hole and the clamp itself clicks into place and gives a nice strong hold on the PCI back plate of the installed card. Xigmatek have also took another step in the design process by making the PCI blanking plates vented rather than just solid peices which is a plus for design and performance. Also the second pair of water cooling knock-out's can be found here.

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Below the PCI slots is the PSU installation area, anti-vibration rubber has been placed where the PSU makes contact with the back and bottom of the case. The bottom is also vented and has a filter underneath the case. You can install your PSU either face up or face down in the Utgard chassis.

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Moving to the right of the PSU is a pre-installed fan bracket with built in dust filter, this is screwed in from underneath the case and will allow for a 140mm fan to be simply clicked into place, or if you would rather install a 120mm fan then there is also the option to install that here but it would need to be screwed into place from underneath.

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Moving towards the front of the case are the tool free clips for your 5.25" devices, like the PCI tool free clamps, these were also seen previously in the Midgard chassis. These also work very well and allow you to still use a screw for piece of mind. Simply place your device into the chosen bay and line up the front most screw hole on your device to the front most screw hole on the case, push in the orange button and slide it forwards and it locks into place. These tool free clips also have a part that inserts into the screw holes of your device for maximum hold.

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Here is a picture of a quick install of hardware inside the Xigmatek Utgard. As you can see there is a fantastic amount of room to work with and the cable routing is efficient. There was sufficient room under the HDD caddy to tuck away any unused wires even though there was plenty of room behind the motherboard tray also. I wanted to show that wires from the PSU needn't interfere with the bottom fan mount as noted in a review I read on another website. As with all cases that have a bottom mounted PSU, people with older power supplies will run into the problem of the 12v CPU power cable not being long enough to route behind the tray and back in and round to the board. There are a few options you can choose in this situation, 1) Use the method illustrated above and run it over the board, 2) Run the cable under the motherboard before you secure it in place or 3) Buy an extension for your power cable - You can pick these up for as little as £3.00 for a basic option from Akasa, or £8.00 for a really neat individually braided option from NZXT.



 

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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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