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Xigmatek Midgard Mid-Tower Chassis

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 22, 2010 9:21 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Xigmatek

Inside The Xigmatek Midgard Mid Tower Case




Removing the door panels gives a view of all black with bold orange accents. I was going to install a full ATX for this review, but the chassis matches my DFI too much to pass up using it. I'll let you absorb this for a minute and get more into detail as I spin around the interior.




Unbanding the wires, I found they are plenty long enough to get to both ATX and mATX boards connections with ease. The front I/O wiring consists of the power, reset, HDD and power LED. Under those is the eSATA cable. Both HD and AC97 audio connectors are present, and only one USB 2.0 connector. At the far front and back are the 3-pin fan connectors on the end of the XLF fan leads.




Inside the front are the five 5.25" bays that use tool-less locks on both sides of all five drive bays. Below is a hard drive rack that houses five slide-out trays that lock and unlock with a gentle push on the tabs. This rack is also cut away in the back to allow for wires to pass through easily and better manage the typical "rats nest". In the second bay is where you will find you hardware box.




To use these tool-less locks, all u have to do is align the drive and push in the orange tab and slide it to the right. The top three are in the locked position while the bottom two were left unlocked.




The five bay 3.5" drive rack is designed to use these trays. With the grommets in the outer positions it is set to screw into the bottom of a 3.5" drive. Simple moving of the grommets to the inner holes allows for 2.5" drives to also be installed.




On the floor, in front of the PSU area you will find a plastic tray that will accept a 120mm fan tool-lessly just by simply clipping under the tabs on the tray and wire it up to power.




The motherboard tray has a bunch of cutouts for wire management, and one of the biggest CPU back plate access holes I think I've ever seen. The holes are in good locations and do work well for most, if not all installations.




Inside of the rear of the Midgard there is a good look at the XLF fan and the tool-less expansion card clips. There is a little tab at the outer edge that needs to be lifted then the clip slides out and even all the way out if needed. Slide in a card and return the clips to the locked position with a "click" verifying it is locked. At the bottom you can see the foam membrane that surrounds the PSU mounting area. This should keep any vibrations gone from the PSU.


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