It used to be that I didn't really favor Xigmatek cases over the rest of the offerings in their respective segments. Don't get me all wrong here, I liked what they offered and the designs and all, but it always seemed there was a better or cheaper solution out there that most buyers gravitated toward. This time around with the release of the Midgard II, this mid-tower chassis has all the bells and whistles one should desire when looking into a purchase.
It is less than $100, it has native USB 3.0, plenty of room for clean wire management, a docking station, clean sleek lines, good air flow with potential to be better, water cooling ready and it can be all internally mounts and the list continues. Even if you don't have immediate plans or the functionality to use some of the features, the Xigmatek Midgard II is a case that will grow along side you. As your needs, wants and desires change in PC builds, the Midgard II will change to your needs as you need them, something not a lot of cases get completely.
During testing, the temperatures were a little higher than most cases in this group, but it all comes down to the supplied fans. Most manufacturers know you are going to change them to suit your needs anyways; these are more of a solution to get you by until they are replaced. While they are really quiet fans Xigmatek chose, when the controller is on low, you can't feel airflow right behind the fans. With the controller at full power you could feel something, but my guess is that these fans are producing something like 40-50 CFM of airflow at maximum RPM. While it was kept controllable temperature wise, I would first start with removing these fans and prepping five or six fans with better CFM for the inside and maybe add a pair to the door of my version of the Midgard II.
I'm going to be really blunt. We all know $100 doesn't go far in today's economy! For me personally I can get a week's worth of groceries, a few tanks of gas, or a night out with my girl, but that is all basic things that are going to be a reoccurring expense. With the Xigmatek Midgard II, they offer a really feature rich chassis with sleek looks that will fit in any environment you need to place a computer. The limited LEDs make it even a good candidate for a HTPC solution. This really is one of those cases that just "keeps on giving" for the minimal investment required to obtain one. For those on the right side of the Atlantic some basic Google-fu will locate both the version we just looked at as well as the windowed version. For those on the left side of the pond, we have to sit and wait for the shipments to wither get here, or get through customs before our shelves will be filled with what is in my mind the best case Xigmatek has designed to date!
It fully deserves our Must Have Editor's Choice award; it's just a shame I have to dock it for the limited supply.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [Xigmatek Midgard II Mid Tower Chassis]
- Page 5 [Inside the Xigmatek Midgard II]
- Page 6 [Inside the Xigmatek Midgard II Continued]
- Page 7 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 8 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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