Date: December 12th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: MGE XGBOX
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL, WALKTHROUGH AND INSTALLATION (cont'd)
The bottom hinge not only allows the door to swing, but to my great surprise, also carries power to the lighting effects. While I was a bit troubled by this at first, some poking around with my trusty digital multimeter confirmed that accidental short-circuits were virtually impossible with this solution. (Anyone attempting mods in this area should be very careful, nonetheless.)
Moving around to the left side, we can see that the features just keep coming. The swoopy window with its etched dragon motif terminates in a snorkel device to feed cool air to the CPU cooler. A perforated area in the aluminum side panel provides passive ventilation in the PCI area. A grip ring on the rear comes in handy when removing the side panel. More molded plastic accents provide visual interest and the sturdy plastic carry handle up top works with the bezel to provide a sleek profile.
The rear of the Dragon shows off its included 500W PSU, and removable motherboard tray thumbscrews (green arrows.) The PSU slides in from the rear with its own mounting plate and the (rather restrictive) case fan grill hides one of the included 80mm blue LED fans. The right side panel resembles the left, without the window and ventilation features. Both panels are secured with thumbscrews.
With the left panel removed, the window and snorkel features are revealed in more detail. The snorkel is adjustable, but may interfere with some of the larger CPU cooling solutions available today. It can be easily removed, however, and replaced with an 80mm fan and/or grille. As you can see, the paint finish is not used on the inside of the panels.
Four large swivel feet can rotate 90 degrees to provide stability or swing out of the way when transporting the Dragon. The power supply resides in the conventional top rear location and interior edges of the chassis are rolled to prevent cuts during installation.
With the four thumbscrews removed, the motherboard tray slides effortlessly from the case. Unlike most mobo trays, this one brings the I/O plate and seven expansion slots with it, enabling the user to assemble virtually the entire system outside the case. The USB, Firewire and front-panel connector leads are long enough to reach outside the case as well. XG has even included an extra-long fantail for the 80mm rear exhaust fan.