There is a lot to like when it comes to the DG-77. The look is high-end, and there are traces of its DNA from the earlier DG-8 Series. While on the inside, it does share its internal layout and bulk of features that the CMT510 has, but EVGA tried to take every panel and rethink on all of it, and have in some way figured out how to one-up nearly every mid-tower chassis with glass panels. Room for seven fans, room for water cooling gear, and air flow into the chassis which is not hindered as it has been with others. EVGA makes certainty to give you all of the tools for vertical GPU mounting success, but we would strongly urge them to do a video or offer some form of detailed instructions as to how it is supposed to be done properly. The chassis offers K-Boost, with software control, and while not quantified as such, the DG-77 is also an RGB mid-tower offering. One thing is for sure, with the DG-77, EVGA makes sure to turn every stone, and look under every rock when designing the DG-77, as it is unique from any angle, and with the push of a button, you can go from sitting idle to full blast in the blink of an eye.
With everything we liked, we do feel the need to bring up a few things we saw along the way. The HD Audio cable is in our opinion too short. It can reach the bottom left corner, but it is tight and crosses paths with space which can already be occupied. While it is entirely possible that we went about the GPU mounting all wrong, we went with common sense. We tried things a few ways, but with the riser not aligned flat, if mounted to the expansion slot, it would not sit all the way into the slot. We tried various things, and in the end, had a GPU which was flopping around.
There is the fact that we just saw this chassis in a simpler form, but how hard EVGA pummeled that design, we feel that speaks for itself. K-Boost has issues as well. Not the software and what it does, but the way it has to be obtained. To access the download, we had to register an account with EVGA. Once that was complete, we were then pointed towards product registration. Not a huge issue, but remember, we now have the system running, we are in windows, and we are asked for the number, on a sicker, which is now under the case. Once you have sorted all of that, you may now download the software, and set it up to do whatever you feel is best.
On paper, the asking price is not out of line. However, since there are lights you will never see, cable length issues, lack of hassle-free software obtainability, and a GPU orientation that does not want to play well, these all take away from the value. EVGA did make every change possible to the standard version of this chassis, things like cover panels, a good airflow design, adding fine touches, even if they are just stickers, it is apparent that EVGA was trying hard to make the DG-77 stand out in the crowd.
We feel with just a tiny bit more effort and some detailed instructions, the DG-77 would have been a complete success with our full recommendation. As it sits, we can see where EVGA was going and had they got there; they would have had the crème of the crap. However, it is the fine details that make all the difference in the world, and with what we saw from EVGA in the past, we thought for sure we were in for something amazing. In the end, it sort of fell flat, but it was still a very interesting journey to see how this tempered glass and RGB craze is evolving.
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)
The Bottom Line: EVGA put forth a great effort, but a few details keep it out of the lead. Nevertheless, the DG-77 is highly detailed, built with performance in mind, offers software control, and includes parts beyond expectations!
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