OverviewHardware: Cases & PSU
WHAT WE LIKED:Light Weight, well built with solid panels, Open layout design, Hard Drive Capacity
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Installation needs careful planning, Aluminum surface scratches easily
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The exterior of the Xigmatek Gigas, has a simple but elegant design. The front rounded edges give it a seamless look. This makes it classy for those who are not looking for the extra funk that has been popular over the last few years with smaller form factor chassis. The sides and front are made from one piece of aluminum and wrapped around to make the entire outer shell, making it nice and solid.
Directly facing the front of the chassis you can see there are two 5.25″ Bay slots. Xigmatek included a front cover to hide the CD/DVD drive to keep that front panel looking uniform. Most CD/DVD drives are black so this little extra addition is appreciated. The power, reset and USB ports are visable on the front panel for easy access. On the front panel there are 3 USB ports, and one of them is a USB 3.0. Also on the front is the 3.5mm ear-phone and mic connections.
Here’s another view of the front panel.
On the lower part of the front panel you see Xigmatek’s signature logo with two 120mm fans behind it. This helps to keep those internal parts nice and cool by bringing the cold air in from the front.
Looking at the side panel we have a large area that is meshed with holes. This is a great addition, and is rare to see on an HTPC chassis or a small form factor chassis. This will help those with large heat hungry graphics cards stay ventilated. The top section will also help keep your power supply cool by bringing the cold air in from the side.
The top panel of this chassis is held on by 6 screws. Removal of the panel is easy to gain access to your components.
Removing the top panel you can see Xigmatek used a thin foam dampener to keep the panel from vibrating and making any noise when closed.
The underside of the chassis is clean and simple. We see four stand offs with foam footing to keep the chassis from sliding around and easy allow placement on top of a table.
With a closer look at the feet, you can see they have included a little gold accent, adding an extra classy look.
The rear of the chassis is where we think Xigmatek really did a great job. The two 120mm fans help to exhaust the hot air out of the chassis. They also placed strategically placed the power supply mount on the side, which is different than your typical setup. This is great for those who are looking to use larger CPU heat sinks, and great for us gamers.
Now lets move onto the Interior.