Inside the DG-87
To obtain entry to the interior, we first pushed the button at the front edge of the window and found the side panel opens slightly more than ninety degrees. Since this can get in the way during a build, EVGA also adds a latch found near the hinges, which when slid down, pulls the pins from the hinges, and allows the windowed panel to be fully removable.
Now we have a less impeded view of the interior of the chassis. While we can obviously see the motherboard tray on the left, at the right is something a bit more important at this time. There is a removable Lexan panel which sports the EVGA logo and is placed here to block the view of water cooling that may inhabit the front of the chassis, as well as hiding most of the wiring that may need to be done inside of this chassis.
At the top of the chassis, you have a couple of options. You can install more fans if desired, but the room here will also allow for the addition of thin radiators. Of course, you can also hang them inside of the chassis, but the top cover offers a lot of room below it as well.
We still have yet to remove the Lexan panel, but the motherboard tray is still in full view. Four large holes with grommets are found above and to the right, while smaller holes can also be found at the bottom. There is a decent-sized CPU cooler access hole, and the tray is clearly marked for various standoff locations. As shipped, the DG-87 is ready to have an ATX motherboard installed.
Removing the Lexan panel, we can see the inside of the front of the DG-87. The fans are running down the front of the chassis, and we can see sleeved wires running from both I/O panels. We also see a metal rail over a pair of holes, which will accommodate PSU leads for larger motherboards or any wiring associated with water cooling installations.
At the back of the chassis, we find large holes which allow air to flow right through it since the back door is what seals off this chassis. We can also see there are thumbscrews used to secure video cards in any of the nine expansion slots.
Looking behind the motherboard tray, we find a ton of depth behind the right side panel. This allows for the three removable drive trays below the access hole, and the three trays found near the back. We also see that the fans are pre-wired and routed at the front of the chassis, and even make connections at the back to power the fans in the rear door. Lastly, we found the hardware resting near the bottom.
Two of the removable trays above are designed to house 3.5-inch drives, and so are these two cages. In total, between all of them, there is room for eight 3.5 inch drives, and all of the 3.5-inch locations are set up to use with 2.5-inch drives as well. What is also nice, is that both of these cages can be removed, allowing room inside for things like extremely long power supplies, and water cooling components.
The chassis wiring is mostly routed and ready to go, but we did find the usual suspects laying inside too. There is an HD Audio lead at the left, the LED and button wiring, a standard USB 2.0 connection, and a native USB 3.0 connection. All of these are short, and you may want to reroute them, so they are not pulling on the motherboard. There is also a very long lead with a thermal probe at the end, which can be placed anywhere you wish inside of the DG-87.
While we usually dedicate a page to hardware, being this is a pre-release sample of the DG-87, this is all we found with the chassis. One bag contains a pair of standoffs, and a bag filled to the top comes with 6/32 screws for the motherboard and 3.5-inch drive mounting. There is another bag with M3 screws to use for 2.5" drive mounting in the HDD cages, while the last bag of M3 countersunk screws is to be used with the removable plastic trays attached to the motherboard tray.
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