Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Xigmatek
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
At nine inches, the Elysium isn't much wider than a “standard” ATX chassis, but the immense height and depth (24 X 26-inches,) makes the case look a bit narrow, but as we'll see, there is plenty of room in the interior for tall heatsinks or other bulky hardware. The front panel features twelve 5.25-inch big bays with metal mesh covers, one of which sports the Xigmatek logo in chrome relief. On either side of the bays, a black anodized aluminum trim strip, with a brushed finish and cap screw accents. The right hand strip also houses power and activity LED lighting, and the right side panel features a placement for an 80mm or 120mm fan, though none are provided here.
Out back, there's a lot going on at the rear panel. Default power supply placement is at the bottom of the case, but there is a block-off plate (incorporating an 80mm fan placement,) covering the second PSU opening so that users can install a power supply in either (or both) areas. Seven liquid cooling tubing openings are provided with rubber grommets and distributed along the left side of the chassis. A black 140mm exhaust fan, complete with white LED lighting, pulls cooling duty here, and there are ten expansion bays to support up to four graphics cards in quad-SLI. The side panels are secured with thumbscrews and the left panel features a vented window surrounding the 200mm intake fan, also featuring white LEDs.
Up top, the front of the case is given over to I/O ports while the remainder of the top panel sports a metal mesh panel, with a Xigmatek logo in relief, concealing the radiator/fan area. A latch just behind the I/O panel releases the mesh panel for access to this area.
From left to right, the I/O panel features the large, square power button, an eSATA port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, the audio jacks followed by two USB 3.0 ports and the reset button. A sliding cover protects the up-facing ports from accumulating debris and also identifies the functionality of the ports and button. Just behind the I/O panel is the hot-swappable SATA drive bay with its flip-down cover. The power and Xigmatek graphics are silkscreen printed on the trim pieces, and are a bit less than well defined. I've been assured by Xigmatek that this will be addressed on the production models. Another issue that will be fixed is the somewhat uneven application of the aluminum trim pieces. I expected to see some fan speed and/or lighting control features similar to what Xigmatek provides on their other higher-end cases, but there aren't any.