When I first heard XPG was going to offer cases, I was interested to see which direction they would choose. Like many chassis, we see on the market, many are OEM form a manufacturer, and the XPG Invader is no different. However, after building in it, I do find that the XPG Invader was nice to build in and had many features in place to make the build painless and to create an overall solid aesthetic while being reasonably priced.
Testing the Invader was another area of surprise for me, as these styles of cases tend to be a mishmash where some things are ok, but usually not a chart-topper. The Invader did not top any charts, but it came close here. In testing, we measured an ambient of 22.4C with an RH of 45%. The CPU on the H100i saw an average delta over ambient of 44.6C, which is on par with some of the chassis many would consider far better and pricier as well. The GPU showed similar with an average delta over ambient of 38.8C.
Now let's look at what we liked about the Invader. First up would be an integrated RGB controller supporting both ARGB along with standard RGB, this is a rare amenity at this price point. The use of magnets to affix the front panel and filter are excellent applications and are well suited to increase the ease of building. The subtle yet suitable array of cable tie-downs is a welcome addition. The channel to pass cables through versus holes with grommets adds extra flexibility to builds allowing more direct routing of your cables.
Now let's look at what we did not care for as much on the Invader. First up would be the lack of appropriate width for the chassis to support taller memory with a top-mounted radiator. This, of course, is subjective, and there are other mounting points. Still, if you are going to advertise radiator fitment up top, I expect either a case wide enough to accommodate conventional RGB memory. Or, the chassis should be tall enough that the motherboard tray is moved low enough to avoid interference, similar to what we saw on the Antec DA601. I would also like to see a bit more slotting to the front, and top mounting as this would allow for more flexible cooling installation.
Many of the things we mentioned above have to be taken with a grain of salt, due to the price point at which the Invader resides. And this brings us to the final part of this review. That is assessing all of the information preceding this and how the Invader fares at its given price point. Overall while there are some small niggles here and there I would like to see better, I do think the Invader is quite well done and has some merit at its $89.99 price tag. Are there better options? Arguably yes, but PC cases are always fraught with several features and capabilities that may be better than another, but it is all based on what you want and need. I think that the Invader will find a home with many gamers, and I hope that we see XPG show more upward mobility from here with their chassis options and features.
XPG brought the Invader as one of their first entries into the PC chassis market. They made some great choices, setting them up to be a force in the PC chassis industry as they mature and learn what the market wants to see.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15 (buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Jan 21, 2020 at 06:11 am CST
The Bottom Line
Being the first entry from XPG, the Invader is a solid value case in a crowded market. Users who build wisely can make a great rig at a decent value.