When ADATA/XPG reached out to check this chassis out, it was at a similar timeframe to the Invader. This chassis is a lot more involved than the Invader, and this is a good thing. The Battlecruiser has tons of options to explore, but you will have to discover several as I did, on your own as their documentation does not do an adequate job of educating users.
During testing, the recorded ambient was 22.4C, with an RH of 46%. The CPU in our test build shows an average delta over ambient of 46.4C, which falls roughly in line with what I would expect from the hardware installed. The GPU was a bit of a surprise as it showed a delta of 37.8C, which places it within the top 25% of chassis I have tested to date. Overall, I would say this is an easy passing score for the Battlecruiser, even if it is not the absolute best we have tested to date.
What we like
The Battlecruiser is a solid base for a chassis and comes with four ARGB right out of the box. The Battlecruiser also has several things the frame can do that are not well documented, so the more you adjust things, the more you will discover. The proposed cooling fitment is good, and with the removal of the HDD cage, you can fit some monster setups.
What do we think could be better?
Documentation, first and foremost, the manual does not cover several adjustments that the chassis can do, such as flipping the fan brackets 180 degrees to move the fans outward away from the component chamber for more clearance. The way the ARGB fans are handled is strange, and I do wish the controller could plug into the motherboard and have a sync mode. The top and front triangular ventilation can bypass filtration rendering it pointless.
The USB type-C being connected via 20-pin should be abhorred as many motherboards don't have dual 20-pin headers, but do have the proper USB 3.2 Gen 2 header. The top fitment for radiators omits larger memory sticks, which for any regular reader of my reviews, knows I have great disdain for.
At the $179.99 price, the Battlecruiser demands presently; I cannot help but feel like XPG missed the mark here. Between the lack of confidence in the filtration capabilities, to the surprising lack of clear information on chassis features form the included manual, I feel like there are better options. I do like that XPG swung for the fences here, and I hope they continue to find new suppliers and take some of the harsh criticisms to the drawing board and that we can see a far more favorable chassis design in the future.
XPG was ambitious with the Battlecruiser, and like Icarus, they flew a bit too close to the sun, and the resulting burns are apparent.
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: Feb 20, 2020 at 06:11 am CST
The Bottom Line
XPG had some very admirable goals, however, with lack of documentation and various design issues, the Battlecruiser is a good chance for XPG to right the ship.