Inside the XPG Invader
Peeking behind the curtain, or front panel in this case, we see the full cover magnetic plastic and mesh filter stuck up front. The front panel's panel we removed is a metal plate that magnetically retains to the front and provides the aesthetic while having the open chamber behind it to allow airflow to the front.
Removing the filter and we now see the six neodymium magnets around the perimeter, which retains it to the chassis. Now we also get a clear view of the front mounting with the filter removed. The front fan/radiator mounting is somewhat slotted, not as much as we have seen on others, but good enough to match the needs of most users.
Peering inside the main chassis chamber and the first thing you notice is the bright red XPG embellishment on the PSU shroud. Also, the colossal CPU backplate cutout is plenty large enough to serve virtually anything. Adjacent to the motherboard tray is the vertical cooling mounting, which allows vertical mounting to run fans or a radiator parallel to the motherboard. You may notice the lack of passthrough holes with grommets, and this is because the vertical cooling mount adjacent to the motherboard tray is elevated above the motherboard tray, which works as a form of cable passthrough.
Taking a look at the front mounting from the inside, we see the slotted fan mounting along with the stepped vertical cooling mounting creating the aforementioned cable management gap. We also see the single installed DC 120mm fan up front.
Removing the magnetic filter from the top of the Invader allows us to now see the slotted top cooling mount. The mount is 120mm and offset toward the main panel edge, which can trick you into a false sense of security. I say this because, with the cooling offset like this, you would assume that there is plenty of room for DIMMs to fit with the top-mounted 240mm AIO. We found that, unfortunately, the fitment is not very good with a top-mounted radiator, this is not to say it's a lousy chassis just a fitment issue I am seeing all too common these days that need to be considered.
Peeking down to the PSU shroud, we can see the large opening up front, which is filled with the 3.5" dual tray HDD cage. This is removable, but as it sits out of the box, a 360mm radiator may have a tough time fitting here with a fan installed. Until we discover a 4th dimension and a way to access it, unfortunately, we cannot have two objects occupying the same space, so plan your build accordingly. There are two screw mounts at the top of the PSU shroud, which can be used to move the motherboard tray mounted SSD trays to the top of the PSU shroud should you want to show off your SSDs. There are cable pass-throughs on the PSU shroud, two of them on the motherboard edge to help with panel cabling, along with an opening further outward, which can be used to pass cables to the GPU.
Last updated: Jan 21, 2020 at 06:11 am CST