|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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.