Case Build & Finished Product
The front of the chassis being a solid panel does not change no matter what you install in the chassis. It will always look the same here, although the side inlet ports may be RGB lit if you install RGB fans up front. Otherwise, from the front, the chassis passes as a sleek subdued entry until you flip around to the glass side where you can see the hardware in place.
All of our hardware fit in here; however, you will notice that our H100i Pro AIO is mounted on the vertical section. This is because, with our Vengeance pro RGB memory in place, the AIO could not be installed at the top and clear the memory. This is something for you all to keep in mind when planning your build as the lack of chassis width leads to these sorts of issues. Luckily for XPG, the front and vertical mount make up for this as you have options for mounting. Also, if using more standard-sized memory, you may not see this issue, but it is something to keep in mind.
The rear of the build filled in with no notable issues or inconveniences, everything slotted in as expected and installed without any unique finesse needed.
Cabling, the Invader went a bit better than I expected. The slots and cutouts paid dividends during the build as I was able to cinch down everything with relative ease, and cables had places where they could be fastened that did not go far from where they need to be.
With the system closed up and finished, the tinted glass does a reasonably good job of hiding the internals when powered off. The glass is just smoked enough that you can see hints of what's inside, but it's not until you power it that the magic springs to life.
Firing up the rig in the Invader, and you see everything suddenly brighten up. The RGB components help light the interior and provide a glow to showcase that the internal system means serious business. If you were to add additional RGB strips to illuminate the main chamber, I think it would help the Invader make your new rig a real showpiece when powered on while dropping into stealth mode when powered down.
Last updated: Jan 21, 2020 at 06:11 am CST