As I stated in the intro, we've know the Elysium was coming for a very long time and been forced to keep it under wraps. We also knew about the 200 USD price point and to be honest, thought it was an unachievable goal. Here we are today just a short time away from retail availability and Xigmatek is still holding onto their price point. I'm not really sure how they managed to pull it off, but they did. When this hits e-tail web pages I really expect the actual price to be higher, simply because the demand will be very high. The MSRP is 200 USD, though; it is what it is. I don't really need to harp about it, but the value is so strong with the Elysium that I think Xigmatek is pricing the case short.
We covered all of the features in the review and to bring them all up in the final thoughts would be like writing the article all over again. The big points are the ability to accept an HPTX motherboard, the same standard used by EVGA's massive SR-2 workstation board. The top mounted HDD dock is one of my personal favourites since having the ability to install a bare drive without opening the case is something I really like having. The ability to install a massive liquid cooling loop, or two , maybe three if you really wanted to go all out. To tell the truth, there is really just a massive list of features that leave nothing off of the table with this case. Something special for everyone, but all of those accommodations do add up to the biggest drawback for non enthusiasts.
With its super tower status, the Xigmatek Elysium is large. On the outside it isn't much bigger than most full tower cases, but full tower cases are by definition pretty big. The Elysium gives you a lot of room on the inside by not putting a bunch of stuff in the way. The HDD bays are tucked away in the front of the case and leave a lot of room for you to get excessive with accessories. The cable routing options also add to the available space since you can tuck your cables behind the motherboard tray. What's left is a nice clean pallet that lets you be an artist and create the kind of system you really want. When I see a lot of cases, even full tower cases, I usually see a bunch of brackets, cages and other things that just get in the way of doing what I want to do. The Elysium has a nice open design on the inside and makes you feel like you are in charge, not some bean counter looking to fill your space with what his ideal case should be like.
I'm a large case enthusiast, so I do prefer this type of case for my builds. I'm also a quality enthusiast and the Elysium didn't let me down. I hate seeing reviews that ignore the shortcomings of a product, but there really isn't that much to talk about here. The top panel has a plastic sliding cover that I didn't really like. If it were up to me this would be an aluminium, carbon fibre or titanium piece on a ceramic bearing system automated by thought, but looking at the price point Xigmatek hit I can let that go. Not so easy to let pass is the USB 3.0 front panel system that uses cables that snake around to the back of your motherboard. Adding USB 3.0 was the right thing to do, but not including a way to attach to new motherboards internal USB 3.0 ports will quickly become outdated. There are only a handful of motherboards with this capability now, but all new motherboards from this point on will have that feature. I've already brought this up with Xigmatek and am confident this will be addressed at some point. The easiest way will be with an adapter; there are companies working on them now and when they hit the market they should be fairly low cost items. I'd pay an extra 10 to 20 Dollars to future proof myself for when boards become more common.
The last thing is the whole aluminium vs. steel debate. In a full tower you really aren't going to shave that much weight off the overall system since you are buying a full tower to stuff it with a ton of components. The Elysium offers enough cooling options to also keep the thermal benefits of aluminium from being an issue as well.