Inside the XPG Battlecruiser Continued
In the rear, we see the semi-opaque ARGB 120mm fan here on its slotted mounting. We also see the internally accessible expansion slots. The vertical slots are externally accessible. The CPU cutout we can see adjacent to the rear is enormous and should support any cooler mounting hardware or backplate you may need to access.
Peeking in the cable management section of the chassis, we find that there is a ton of cable tie-downs here. There are five visible SSD mounts along with the two bottom-mounted HDD trays for 3.5" drives. The XPG Battlecruiser has enough areas to passthrough cables and to tie them down that I can almost forgive the transparent panel. One cool point to note is that the cable pockets we see to the left are single pieces, so you do not see the vertical bar separating them as you likely noticed from the in chamber shot earlier.
Here at the lower edge of the cable management area, we have access to the HDD cage, which has two 3.5"/2.5" trays. This entire assembly is separate from the PSU shroud as noted before and removable by just pulling a few screws and sliding the compartment out, which will enable thicker radiator fitment.
Here we move toward the rear, and we have a somewhat obscured view of where the PSU resides. Being the PSU slides in from the back, this area does not need to be completely open. The PSU has four raised metal pads to sit upon when installed. The pads typically have a rubberized pad, which helps with harmonics and abrasion of the two metals contacting, but this is omitted in the Battlecruiser.
The cable array for the Battlecruiser is interesting and as follows:
- Power, Reset, Power LED, and HDD LED connectors
- HD audio connector
- USB 3.2 Gen 1 20-pin header for two Type-A ports
- USB 3.2 Gen 1 20-pin header for one Type-C port
- 3-pin ARGB connector which feeds the ARGB fans from the internal controller
- SATA power for ARGB controller
The use of the 20-pin header for the Type-C should be admonished, and I think I have beaten that one enough in this review. The 3-pin ARGB connector hooks to the fans, which then daisy chain off of each other. If you wanted, you technically could connect the fans to the motherboard header, and it should work, but once again, this was not covered in any way in the manual.
The RGB cabling is another thing that is always a nightmare, as this must be managed somehow back here with a clear window. This is one of those moments where you will be happy to have the chassis lip, as you see at the top of this image. Most of this RGB mess was able to be moved to that lip recession, where it could be tied away mostly out of sight. Do note that the onboard RGB controller has three extra leads, which are standard 4-pin 5050 RGB and can be used for light strips or other non-addressable devices. However, I could not say the LED limit as this is once again in no way covered in the included materials.
Last updated: Feb 20, 2020 at 06:11 am CST