Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes to graphics cards, PSUs, and even when thinking about motherboards, EVGA is a name that readily comes to mind. However, when it comes to cases and cooling products, they are likely one of the last companies that get brought up. While the product line from EVGA is slim as far as cases and coolers are concerned, they have come up with some interesting products in the past. Now as far as cooling is concerned, it seems that they no longer support this product type, as it does not show on their site any longer. As far as cases go, who could forget the Hadron variants? These slick looking mini-ITX chassis designs were ahead of their time and allowed customers to build a themed build. With the release of the Hardon Air and Hydro cases, you could keep the EVGA name on every bit of the build, well everything but the RAM.
While it has been quite some time since we had our look at the Hadron chassis, it seems that EVGA wasn't going to leave things with just one chassis in their repertoire. What makes it even more interesting, is rather than going with a minimalistic approach that the Hadron cases delivered, this time, their designs are taking cases to a whole new level of what can and should be expected in full-tower chassis design. Every aspect of the traditional chassis design was looked at in depth, tweaked, redesigned, and put together into a chassis that not only is attractive but supplies the end-user with every possible thing you could ever want.
EVGA not only sent along the chassis which we are about to show you, but it is one of four versions of their latest chassis. In the new lineup, there is the DG-84, the entry-level version, but there are also the DG-85, DG-86, and DG-87, all with various levels of options and accouterment. It is the DG-87 that we have been offered from EVGA, and with just a few minutes spent on their product page, it filled us with all sorts of want. Then, of course, this beast of a chassis arrived, and the want gets replaced with excitement, and all we can say at this point, is that the more you see and feel with this DG-87 full-tower chassis, excitement has now been replaced with being completely impressed with the direction EVGA has taken.
The chart provided from EVGA allows us to discuss the DG-87 in full detail, but at the same time, it provides all of the differences found in all four models of this lineup. As for the DG-87, we were sent a steel and ABS plastic chassis which is downright huge. This chassis is painted in metallic gunmetal gray paint on the outside and uses black on the interior as well as the color of most of the additional plastic bits. The DG-87 has the potential to house beastly builds on a Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, or an Extended-ATX motherboard, and depending on the choice of the motherboard, you can also install up to four dual slot video cards.
In this design, EVGA offers two I/O panels. One of them can be found at the top of the chassis, and it provides the basics. There is a power button, a reset button, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and a K-Boost button. A little about the K-Boost system is that essentially, with just a press of one button, you can change all of your connected fans from whatever speed you want to use them normally and ramp them instantly to one hundred percent of their operational speed. The second I/O panel offers quite a bit more and is found in the lower right-hand corner of the left side of the chassis. Here you will find a power button, a reset button, and K-Boost button as well, but that is all that remains the same. In this panel, we are also given a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB3.1 Type-C port, and HDMI port, audio jacks, and even an LCD display.
Other things found in and around the DG-87 includes room for an astounding 12 storage drives. In all, this is broken down into all of the locations supporting 2.5-inch drives, but only eight of them are in traditional cages which also support 3.5-inch drives. Along with the K-Boost feature, there is also manual fan control via a pair of buttons on the side of the chassis, which is controlling six 140mm fans right out of the box. As far as fan support is concerned, there is room for a trio of 120mm or 140mm fans in the front, the same is found at the top, and a pair of fans can be placed in the rear of the chassis. Of these locations, three fans are pre-installed in the front, one at the top, and there is a pair found in the rear, all wired for you and ready to go. There is a thermal sensor which works with the LCD display, and there is an included water cooling bracket as well. The last bits of information delivers the enormous dimensions of the DG-87, its 43.2-pound empty weight, but no mention of the three-year warranty covering this chassis.
While EVGA did offer a preorder discount for the DG-87, we are pretty certain that time has now ended, as retail samples are out in the wild now. EVGA made mention of the MSRP as well, at the top of the chart, and listed the DG-87 for $229.99. Currently, you can buy this chassis directly from EVGA just like with anything they make, but it is also available through Newegg. There we see that Newegg is sticking to the MSRP, listing this chassis for $229.99, but they are also requesting an additional $11.99 to ship this beast to your door. We realize many of you likely just choked on your beverage a bit when reading that pricing, but mastery of chassis design does not come cheap, and we cannot recall any chassis in our past experiences that even comes close to what EVGA has put forth.
So even though seeing a $230 price point may have you wanting to move on to something else to read, stick it out with us, as we are certain once you gain perspective, looking at the full picture, EVGA has priced this chassis well in our opinion. EVGA is almost not asking enough for this overly thought out design, which delivers not only an attractive chassis but one that will just impress you to no end.
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)
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