|Xigmatek Utgard CPC-T90DB-U01 Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Wednesday, 30 June 2010|
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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.
+ Real support for watercooling, no modding required.
- Plastic clips to hold on front panel are cheap and feel fragile - Front panel requires effort to remove.
Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.
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