The EVGA DG-87, as well as its other three brothers, all have an aesthetic that cannot be confused with any other chassis design. While we have seen many of the features offered in the DG-87 in other products from the past, not once has it been done in this manner, nor has the feature set been as inclusive as what EVGA has brought forth here.
The looks of the design are stunning, and they even made sure to address the back of the chassis, where many makers just give up before ever getting that far. Removable panels to make access a breeze, the mix of colors, and the inclusion of the mirrored section which includes an easy to access I/O panel and LCD display takes the DG-87 to a whole other level, and we haven't even got to the inside yet. On the inside, there is room for just about anything you could think of housing in it, including small pets and children. When it comes to components, everything lines up on a solid foundation that is this DG-87, and there are so many options built into this design it will take two or three passes around this chassis before you realized everything they are offering in this case.
Airflow is superb in the DG-87 and kept all of our components nice and chilly, and the thermal readout on the side panel can address any one area you wish to keep tabs on. You could rest it on a video card, you can lay it behind an air cooler for the CPU, or you can do as we did and use it to measure the intake temperature to see the difference between it and what software shows components running at. As far as noise is concerned, there is very little heard outside of the DG-87, and even using the K-Boost button to maximize the fans leaves little noise emanating from the inside. In our testing, our components were cooler than in many other cases we have tested in the past, and we hadn't even touched on water cooling, where the DG-87 shines.
There's plenty of room for even the thickest of radiators, room for tubing to run behind the motherboard tray, and the ability to remove the HDD cages to make room for pumps and reservoirs. In every compartment, from every angle, EVGA designed the DG-87 to not only look and function to a standard higher than many other chassis solutions, but this is also a chassis that will find a place in your heart for years to come. If it were a left-hand chassis like our TJ11, we would have gladly moved to this chassis for the next five to ten years of our computing life, but sadly the DG-87 did not fit the bill for our day to day usage. For us to say we would have moved away from the TJ11 says volumes about this design. It takes a chassis that raises the bar and is stylish and superbly functional even to make us contemplate the change. This EVGA DG-87 had us pondering rearranging the entire layout of our office to try and make it work, something we would not do for many of the cases we see day in and day out.
We did find one initial fault with the design, but after some emails and the realization that we could reroute the front panel wiring, the shortness of the cables we initially found was laid to rest. Once we took most of the length used to cleanly route the wiring from the factory and moved it into the lower section of the DG-87, all of the tension we saw initially was alleviated. Considering everything we have seen from beginning to end, and the ease in which our build went together, we have no issue with the pricing at all. While $229.99 may be a bit rich for some, those who need this sort of room for a chassis build know just what sort of a deal you are getting for the money. Comparing it to other tower cases that we have loved and admired in the past, this EVGA case stands tall and has us forgetting most of them. On the flip side of this, when a lot of those cases were released, they cost just as much if not more than this DG-87, and to be honest, they do not compare anymore.
Technologies have advanced, and the use of VR has become huge, and this is the first case to take that usage into full effect, making it as easy on the user as possible, while offering a stellar chassis design packed with features at the heart of it all. If a large chassis is in your future, consider the EVGA DG-87. For those of you who already have a huge chassis and are looking for a change, from what we have presented, we know we don't have to explain too much more. You are likely leaving this conclusion and clicking the button on Newegg or at EVGA to get one on the way to your door already. All in all, EVGA has stepped back into the chassis game and delivered one of the best cases we have ever seen.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||96%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||99%|
The Bottom Line: EVGA brings forth a monstrous chassis which many will love! It is feature rich, well thought out, includes everything you could ever need, and is built like a tank. Initially the pricing might scare some away, but we feel the DG-87 is worth every penny of the asking price.
PRICING: You can find the EVGA DG-87 Full-Tower Gaming Chassis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The EVGA DG-87 Full-Tower Gaming Chassis retails for $275 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The EVGA DG-87 Full-Tower Gaming Chassis retails for £238 at Amazon UK.
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