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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

Xigmatek CPC-T90DB Conclusion

In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the Xigmatek Utgard a rating out of 10, a high score does not necessarily mean that it is better than a PC case reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, that may have got a lower score, it is however a good indicator of whether the product is good or not. I would strongly urge you to read the entire review if you have not already, so that you can make an educated decision for yourself.

The Xigmatek Utgard performs as expected for a case with so much room and premium fans installed, while the fans are not silent at full speed they are by no means loud or distracting. With space dedicated to watercooling the case is given the potential to perform even better.

Appearance is very important at Xigmatek, and it really shows in this case. The Utgard is fully painted inside and outside and the nice contrast of orange accessories goes very well with the Xigmatek brand and gives this case its own unique style. The finish is rather easy to spoil with your fingerprints, so you will need a cloth handy for when you have completed your build.

Overall construction is very good, the case is very sturdy and all edges are finished very well, the plastic clips that hold the front fascia on are, I think, very cheap. While they do the job of holding it in place, Xigmatek may like to look at maybe using a hinged door with future cases, as tugging at the front panel to remove it is less than ideal. Removing the metal plates installed in front of eight of the nine 5.25" bays was rather difficult as I started in the middle, if I had started from the top then I may not have had so much trouble, but then I would have removed more than I needed to anyway....

Functionality is also very good, The tool free options actually work as good as using screws, and if you need that extra bit of security or piece of mind you are still able to use screws. There is plenty of room behind the motherboard tray to accommodate any wires you might see fit to hide there and there are also plenty of cut-outs in the motherboard tray to route wires there. There is also a very big cut-out for CPU backplate access. Two fan control knobs on the front I/O plate allow for control of up to 6 fans using 3 pin plugs. The only bad point is the HDD caddy which caused me some hassle but isn't detrimental to the case overall and only requires a little 'out of the box' thinking to overcome.

You can purchase the Xigmatek Utgard at Caseking from €69.90 (euro) and with all of the above features considered; efficient cable routing, full interior and exterior paint job, three premium fans, filtered intake for PSU, filtered front mesh panels, option to install up to nine fans and deicated space for water cooling. I consider the price of €69.90 to be very very good value for money. Although it's difficult to locate the Utgard for sale in North America, the Xigmatek Asgard is available for $40 while the Midgard sells for $45 at NewEgg.

Just like any other case currently on the market today, the Xigmatek Utgard is not perfect, but for any bad point there are many good points to outweigh them. It is very good value for money and I would, without a doubt, recommend this case to anyone looking to build a DIY PC or simply as an upgrade, whether they are on a budget or not.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Real support for watercooling, no modding required.
+ Great construction.
+ Good looking design
+ Value for money.
+ Tool free options that work.
+ Effective cable management.
+ Supersize CPU backplate access.
+ Room for big hardware.
+ Two fan speed control knobs, control up to six fans.
+ Bottom PSU with intake filter.
+ Three premium fans included, install up to nine.
+ Foam backed steel mesh to filter front air intake.

Cons:

- Plastic clips to hold on front panel are cheap and feel fragile - Front panel requires effort to remove.
- HDD caddy was a pain to work with.
- 5.25" bay metal plates hard to remove.
- Easy to spoil finish with finger prints.
- No 2.5" drive support
- Four watercooling knockouts but only two grommets provided.

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 8.75
  • Value: 9.50

Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.

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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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