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 (cont'd)
The bottom of the case has four plastic feet and incorporates a pair of filters for the PSU intake and optional bottom fan. A big plus here is that the filters can be easily removed for service without turning the case on its side.
Before we get to the interior, let’s move back to the front to take a closer look at the innovative HDD cage design.
After removing the lower panel, five sliding drive caddies present themselves. Grasping the front rails allow the user to remove the caddies from their respective rails. Each caddy features tool-free, anti-vibration mounts for 3.5-inch drives, but SSDs or notebook hardies will need to be installed using screws.
Xigmatek also incorporates a hot-swap feature into the top two bays. While this feature can make installation of dedicated system drives very easy, users wishing to swap drives in and out of the case on a regular basis may want to reserve these for that purpose. At any rate, the overall design of the HDD cage, coupled with the hot-swap functionality, will be a boon for users who add/swap drives frequently. Not having to move the case around and remove the side panel will be a real time saver, not to mention the convenience factor.
With the side panel removed, we get a look at the twin 120mm fans, complete with white LEDs which will provide cooling airflow to the cage, as well as the rest of the interior. As you can see, there is a lot of wiring associated with the fan/lighting control modules. Fortunately, Xigmatek provides a lot of cable management aids to help route all this stuff out of the way. You can also see that Xigmatek has imbued the interior with the same black finish as the exterior for a unified look. Now, let’s take a closer look at the interior.