|Xigmatek Utgard CPC-T90DB-U01 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Wednesday, 30 June 2010|
Page 6 of 7
Xigmatek Utgard Final Thoughts
The Utgard is Xigmatek's flagship case and improves upon the Midgard in many ways. For such a cheap case you really do get what you pay for, a very sturdy and well built case, fully painted interior and exterior, dedicated water cooling support, tool free options that work and three different options of side panel. The window and mesh side panel options cost slightly more but it still doesn't break the bank. Just take a look at the box in the picture below this alone must cost a pretty penny to reproduce. It is a much needed marketing tool though, until Xigmatek has secured its place in the PC case sector along side brands like Antec, NZXT, Cooler Master, Lian-Li and Silverstone. Xigmatek needs to shout to potential buyers and the box does a very good job of it, and provides more than enough information about the case on every panel.
With the following hardware installed, temperatures were monitored and recorded.
CPU and GPU were both using stock coolers, the system was allowed to idle for half an hour and the temps recorded were; CPU - Core #0: 33C Core #1: 37C and the GPU sat idle at 48C. Next the CPU was loaded with Prime95 and max temps recorded were; Core #0: 55C Core #1: 56C. Next the GPU was loaded with FURMark v1.8.2 in stability test mode and max GPU temp recorded was - 59C. When this same hardware was installed in it's previous case (iCute 0301SL) the CPU would never idle below 50C and the GPU never below 60C and the noise level of the fans was way too loud for my liking. All in all the airflow in the Utgard is very good and a big improvement has been seen.