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Xigmatek Pantheon Mid Tower Chassis Review (Page 2)

By Chad Sebring on May 4, 2011 09:48 pm CDT
Rating: 83%Manufacturer: Xigmatek

Specifications, Availability and Pricing


As I addressed, the Pantheon is a mid tower chassis and is built from steel with ABS plastic trim. Externally there is a lot of steel mesh with a foam liner acting as a dust cover on the front. The bottom of this removes to allow access to the hard drives from outside the chassis to utilize the pair of hot swappable drive bays. On the top there is more mesh, but this time it covers a well for either fans or it even has room for a double 120mm or 140mm radiator. There is an option with this chassis; you can opt for an all steel door panel with mesh over the CPU and GPU area which can have optional fans installed. The version we are looking at has the "X" shaped window installed. Both chassis designs allow for the hard drive fans to draw through this panel and exit a similar vented area on the other side of both chassis.

Internally there are options galore. Down the front you get four 5.25" drive bays with tool-free locks on both sides. These "screw type" locks are some of the strongest I have seen built of plastic, and do leave the drive in a very secured mounted position. Below you will find the six 3.5" or 2.5" hard drive trays. Once the panel is removed from the front bezel, these trays slide out the front of the chassis. The top two drives are set up inside to allow for hot swappable drive bays with the addition of hardware that can stay connected on the rear of the drive rack. The motherboard tray will accept both ATX and m-ATX motherboards and has a very large CPU cooler access hole. Around the edges you will find both a few wire tie points punched into the tray, and wire management holes with rubber grommets.

From Xigmatek there are only three fans installed in the chassis, but they do leave a ton of options above those three. The front uses a pair of 120mm fans stacked on top of each other to introduce air to the hard drive trays. That air is free to flow out the opposing door panel, while a fraction actually enters the motherboard area. The rear of the chassis is what draws in most of the air to the chassis as this 140mm fan exhausts air out the back of the chassis. Optionally you can add a 120mm or 140mm fan to the floor in front of the power supply. They also made a cavity in the roof of the chassis. You can either set the fans in this well, or even a radiator if you should choose to. In this well you can put two 120mm fans, two 140mm fans, or a 170mm fan. As for the radiator, you can fit in a double 120mm or a double 140mm radiator as long as its outer dimensions are within the specs on the chart. Xigmatek incorporated four holes in the rear of the chassis to pass the tubing through, as well as a pair of holes in the plastic top to get the tubes to the radiator cleanly.

For all of my readers in the US, you are going to have to wait just a bit until this chassis makes it to the States. I was able to track down one e-tailer listing the chassis, a place called Cenfonix, which I have never used or even heard of until now. They are listing the chassis at 121.49 with the window, and $107.84 without the window. For those who are one the opposing sides of either ocean, you selection of retailers is greater, and I see 3 pages of hits from Google. UK with prices as low as £51 for the non-windowed version and as high as £105.57, so as always look for the best deal you can find in your region. For relevance to this article I will base the bang for the buck, and its feature set off of the US pricing.

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Chad Sebring


Jumping into computers for just the aspect of gaming is how it all started for me. After a solid year of gaming, I caught the overclocking bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and I have had both air and water setups to tinker with. With a few years of abusing computer parts, I looked for something new. I then decided to take my chances and try to get a review job with a online site. As an avid overclocker, I am always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals technology.

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