XPG Battlecruiser Mid-Tower Chassis
Looking head-on with the Battlecruiser and we have a mostly tempered glass front. This allows for a clear view of the front preinstalled ARGB 120mm fans, along with a brushed metallic strip running up the right flank. Looking below the front panel and we see two thumbscrews at the bottom, which is how the front panel is affixed to the chassis.
Looking up top, we find that the Battlecruiser has a solid panel of glass here with a filter below it. The gap between the glass and the filter surface is approximately 5mm, which allows a reasonable gap for it to breathe. Still, we found that the sides of the metal of the chassis are also cutout with triangular openings that omit the filter entirely. We will look at that later as we tear into the chassis. Upfront, we also have the I/O, which we will move to now.
The I/O is across the top front of the chassis and is permanently fixed into the chassis. The arrangement is as follows:
- USB Type-C port (Fed by USB 3.2 Gen 1 header)
- 2x USB Type-A ports (Fed by USB 3.2 Gen 1 header)
- Combo headphone and microphone 3.5mm jack
- LED control button (Controls preinstalled fans)
- Reset button with integrated HDD LED
- Power button with integrated power LED
The I/O is stout enough, at least on the surface; however, one pet peeve of mine is the wastefulness and misleading nature of having a Type-C port but using a USB 3.0/USB 3.1/USB 3.2 gen 1 port which limits the potential of the Type-C connector. This is something I have called out a few manufacturers for, and XPG will not get away without a scathing for this as well. Users tend to expect next-gen I/O to run at and have the next-gen capabilities. Using a 20-pin USB 3.2 Gen 1 header means you cap out at those speeds and power delivery capabilities. You can buy add-in cards to give full performance, but as many boards have only a single 20-pin header, this port may go unused for several users. I hope companies can start using the native USB 3.2 Gen 2 port on all type-C connections soon so that we avoid this issue entirely.
Looking at the glass main component side panel, we find it is optically clear with maybe the most minor tinting, but I think it is truly clear. Here we can see everything inside, including the well-secured accessory box. Here we also see the triangular openings in the metal of the chassis, which are found spanning the front and top.
The rear of the Battlecruiser is well outfitted with what we would expect from a mid-tower chassis. The top shows a bit of a gap, which means a bit more room up top to potentially fit cooling. The rear fan mount is 120mm and slotted to allow flexible fan positioning to match your needs. The standard seven expansion slot layout along with two verticals are present. I have not seen a commercially available vertical GPU bracket for this chassis yet, which means you may opt for vertically mounting a GPU, and the rear I/O supports it, and a standard PCIe ribbon could be used. However, I cannot be sure as to sag depending upon the GPU installed. The PSU has a separate bracket as it inserts from the rear. The top glass panel notches into the top and fastens into place with two thumbscrews, as you can see at the top.
Now we spin the Battlecruiser ninety degrees and peek at the cable management side, and much to my dismay XPG opted for a clear panel here as well. This is not necessarily the end of the world, but it does mean that if you care about what you see, you will want to have a focus on cable management here. I do not necessarily love endless cable management, so therefore I prefer a masked panel or even cable covers back here as it makes it easier to make them disappear. Here we also see the triangular cutouts in place the same as we saw on the other side, which can help with the airflow.
A sizeable full-length dust filter mostly covers the bottom of the Battlecruiser. This filter removes from the rear and covers both the PSU along with the lower fan mounting or HDD cages depending upon your application. There are also rectangular plastic feet that have rubber pads for the chassis to rest upon. The rubber pads as always help avoid the chassis sliding or skidding across a smooth desk surface or floor.
Here we removed the filter, and we see the large vented area at the bottom of the Battlecruiser. I must give credit where due and XPG tried very hard to make sure airflow was available around the entire chassis.
Last updated: Feb 20, 2020 at 06:11 am CST