The Build and Finished Product
With the rest of the build pretty much done, it was time to add an ODD to the build. Removing the bezel is simple, it just takes a tug and the clips release the panel. This is where you gain access to add another fan to the front, or remove the appropriate bay cover to allow the drive to be exposed.
Just to show off the SATA docking station a bit, I added my 3.5" 1TB drive to be sure it fits and plugs in well.
As you can see it also works with 2.5" drives. The only issue I have is that there are no guides to make the connection simple. You have to be sure to keep the drive straight or it can go offline and miss the clips inside.
The inside of the chassis offers plenty of room for an ATX motherboard and multiple GPUs. I left the middle section out to show that there is plenty of room to house pretty much any beast of a card in here. The only thing I can complain about is the mess from the fan controller and the rainbow colors on the front I/O wiring.
In the back the case filled out nicely. The rear I/O plate went in relatively easy, you can see it has room for a multi-GPU setup even with the fan controller installed and the PSU sits snugly in the bottom.
I like it that there is 25mm of room here at a minimum. This allows for all of your wiring to be run back here to keep the build very tidy. For those that opt for the windowed version, you can see a build worth showing off.
Finally all bundled back together and awaiting a bit of testing. The Xigmatek Midgard II looks much as it did when we saw it fresh out of the box and I like that. I also like that the ODD doesn't stick out like a sore thumb or break up the aesthetics of the design.
This last image is of the Midgard II under full power so I can test temperatures and feel the airflow and listen for any odd vibrations and fan noise levels. Notice there are not any LEDs in the fans this time. The only LED that will stay on is the blue LED indication the power is on and that points up, so it won't distract those who sleep in the same room as their PC.
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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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