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
As you can see, we have the plain, windowless version with an all-black front panel treatment. The case is somewhat conventional in size and overall shape with a classic look. The top and front of the chassis are plastic with liberal use of metal mesh panels, and the front incorporates four big bays along with an easily removable lower panel that hides one of the nicer and more innovative features of the Pantheon. The matching rectangular vent at the lower front on both sides of the case give a small hint as to what’s going on in this area, but I’m going to make you wait a bit for the reveal.
Front (actually top,) I/O functionality is adequate with both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports in evidence along with an eSATA port and audio ports. In addition to the power and reset buttons, this panel also sports a two-channel fan speed controller (supporting up to three fans each,) and a switch to turn the fan LEDs on and off. As we’ll see in a bit, the mesh panel to the rear of the top is easily removed to allow the installation of a 240/280mm radiator for liquid cooling.
Out back, the Pantheon is relatively conventional these days with a 140mm exhaust fan, seven expansion bays, four tubing access holes (complete with rubber grommets,) and a bottom PSU mount. Both side panels feature padlock tabs and are secured with thumbscrews and the left panel features a large vent area, allowing the user to install up to two 120/140mm fans for additional cooling, but no fans are included in this area. At the top of the rear panel is a pair of access ports for liquid cooling tubing egress from…
…the radiator area under the mesh panel. If you’re not into the liquid cooling thing, a couple of big fans can be installed up here instead, but none are included. Cooling configuration options seem to be the hallmark of Xigmatek’s Pantheon case, but they don’t include many fans, leaving it up to the customer to tweak the cooling performance to suit the hardware set.