Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
When it comes to cases, EVGA is not usually one of the first companies that come up in conversation. From what we have seen in the past from EVGA, we think they should. We are nearly sure the first chassis we saw from them was the Hardon Air which was stylistically a trendsetter, packing a ton of options in a tiny chassis. We then looked at the DG-87 chassis, and it was a beast of a case. Not only was it feature-rich, but the styling was also something we had never seen and is a case that would compete with many of the best full-tower cases offered even today.
Falling in the middle of both cases, EVGA has made a move into mid-tower cases as well. The solution we have is something we have just seen on the inside, but the outside is sleek and clean, with minor traits of the DG-8 Series cases. Following the same idea of the DG-8 Series, the chassis we are about to see is one of four in the lineup. All of them come with various options, and at varying levels of cost, but at the heart of them all are mostly the same chassis.
We are looking at the top tier offering of the DG-7 Series, the DG-77, which comes with all the bells and whistles. In this model, you get K-boost, three tempered glass panels, software support an RGB LED controller, four fans, a vertical GPU kit, and an I/O cover. The DG-76 lacks the K-Boost, only has two glass panels, comes with three fans, and the GPU kit is optional. The DG-75 lacks what the DG-76 does, but comes with two fans, and no I/O cover. The DG-73 has the least and offers no glass at all. So, while you see everything included with the DG-77 chassis we are about to show you, make sure you reference what comes in each version before making your final buying decision.
The DG-77 is made of steel, which in this instance is white, but almost all versions can be had in black as well. The front of the chassis and the right side of the chassis have tempered glass panels, of which, the inside is fully painted white and blocks any view through them. The left side panel is only painted around the edges, which allows a clear view into the chassis. Utilizing an open mid-tower configuration, the chassis will support a mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, or an ATX motherboard. On the inside are two 3.5" drive trays as well as a pair specifically for 2.5" drives, but all four trays can be populated with 2.5" drives. The front I/O panel offers all of the usual things found there but also includes dust covers for the USB 3.0 ports. The last thing mentioned in the first section is that this Alpine White DG-77 supports up to seven fans, but only two are included.
Dimensionally, the case is 470mm long, it is 211mm wide, and the chassis is 477mm tall. All told, the DG-77 weighs in at 8.79 kilograms, but nearly half of that weight is contained in the three glass panels. Along with the chassis, EVGA sends screw cover stickers, and since the ones on the chassis are white, we get a spare set of black covers to replace them. If the black DG-77 on the side of the case is not to your liking, extra model number stickers are included, so that you can change it to match the motherboard or video cards inside of it. With the top tier offering, there is also a vertical riser cable sent, which connect the video card to the motherboard, and a manual for basic information.
Cooling is only handled with a pair of fans out of the box, but there are many options left. The front of the case will allow three 120mm fans or a pair of 140mm fans. The top of the chassis is identical in capabilities, but the back of the case will only hold a single 120mm fan. This all means that you can house a 360mm or 280mm radiator in the front of the case, but we suggest only fans at the top to ensure there are no parts conflicts. A single 120mm radiator can be hung in the back, which means AIOs can be used on both the motherboard and the video card.
When it comes to pricing, we may as well cover all of the cases. The DG-73 has an MSRP of $89.99 and is only available in black. The DG-75 is shown to be $109.99, the DG-76 at $139.99, and the DG-77 we have for you now is listed at $159.99. The latter three cases are the ones which can be had in both black and white. With that information in hand, we do not feel that with what is supplied in the top of the line DG-77, that you will not get your money's worth, at least on paper. However, we still want to get a good look at the DG-77, and save our opinion for later.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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