Inside the XPG Battlecruiser
Pulling the front panel was as simple as removing the bottom-mounted thumbscrews and pulling the panel forward, which then released the panel, and you can pull it up and away. Below the panel, we find the removable dust filter, which is held on by strong magnets.
Pulling the filter and we see the removable fan bracket, which comes with three 120mm ARGB fans preinstalled. The fans can be replaced with other fans or radiators, and with four screws, the entire bracket can be removed to make the installation of fans or radiators easier.
Here we take a closer look at the removable fan/radiator bracket. As you can see, there is a centrally located hole that aligns the magnetically affixed fan filter.
Peeking inside the Battlecruiser, we see the main chamber is a massive expanse that could fit virtually anything. There are several cable management pockets at varying distances from the motherboard tray to meet any cabling needs, whether it be for liquid cooling or main ATX cables for an up to EATX board. The PSU shroud is also here and shows a red XPG logo peeking up from the bottom. The apparent extension of the PSU shroud is where the HDD cages reside, and on top of that, a removable bracket that can be used for what I can assume would be pump mounting or anything else applicable. Unfortunately, XPG does not cover what these devices can be used for very well, so you have a bit of creativity available to you.
Looking inside the front of the chassis, we see the installed fans along with the removable bracket. As you can see, if you plan on installing a thicker radiator and fan combo, you will likely want to remove the HDD cage portion of the PSU shroud to give adequate clearance. We can see the slotted mounting on the bracket here as well; this allows flexibility to mounting.
Here we pulled the glass panel, but I felt it necessary to point out something here. The top fan filter covers part of the area. Still, unfortunately, thanks to the triangular cutouts, air can bypass this entirely if you are configuring your chassis as a positive pressure setup. These triangular pass-throughs are not filtered, and since the fans sit so far from the dust filter, it is easy to see how the air can take the past of least resistance, which also happens to be unfiltered.
Removing the filter, we find the removable top tray like the front. The tray can be flipped over to give more vertical clearance for radiators or fans, but keep in mind that this is not covered in any way in the manual, and therefore it just took us playing with the chassis. Even with the bracket flipped here, we find that the Battlecruiser still cannot clear our Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB memory with the 240mm AIO in place. So you will either relegate the top to fans only, or opt for shorter RAM, but be warned.
The PSU shroud is mainly toward the rear PSU area and has an HDD/SSD tray on top so you can choose to display your storage should you have something you want to exhibit. Otherwise, the PSU shroud is well vented when not covered by the tray. There are two cable pass-throughs close to the lower motherboard edge, which we will use for front panel cables and the HD Audio. There is one further outboard which we will use for PCIe power cables to our GPU. There is also a window in the shroud side to view your PSU when installed. The extension chamber to the right of the primary PSU shroud is the HDD cage and can be removed. The top of the HDD cage has a bracket that would work well for various mounting, including liquid cooling pump/reservoirs.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT