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Xigmatek Midgard

Cost effective choice for budget minded users
 
Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 06.10.2009
Manufacturer: Xigmatek
Product Group: System enclosures
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Intro

Xigmatek is a manufacturer that really made a name for itself with the HDT-based coolers, three of which we've already reviewed before. The manufacturer also has a range of power supplies, and now they're also taking the case markets by storm with their Midgard chassis. The Midgard follows the current trend of highly ventilated gaming cases, so without further redo, lets just dive in!

 

Xigmatek Midgard Case Review
 

The Midgard arrived to our test in a grey box with some fantasy-styled art on the front. Luckily the drawings don't cover the whole box and there's still plenty of room for the specifications and detailed shots of the special features. Really the only nag about the box is the lack of handles, which makes moving it around unnecessarily difficult.

 

Specifications

Product Name
 MIDGARD

 Product Number

 CPC-T55DB-U01

 Dimension

 206 x 510 x 477 mm / 8.1 x 20.1 x 18.8 inches

 Drive Bay

 5.25" External x 5 (One bay with 5.25" to 3.5" adapter, tool-free)
 3.5" Internal x 5 (Tool-free)

 Expansion Slot

 7 slots (tool-free)

 Motherboard Support

 ATX, Micro ATX

 Power Supply

  1. Intake airflow hole with dust filter.
 2. Available for face upward and downward installation.
 3. Within anti-vibration rubber.

 Cooling System

 Water pipe holes x 4 (with rubber cover)
 Front Fan: 120mm white LED with orange blades x 1 (Preinstalled)
 (80/90/140mm fan is available)
 Rear Fan: 120mm white LED with orange blades x 1 (Preinstalled)
 (80/90 fan is available)
 Side Fan: 80/90/120/140mm fan x 1 (optional) 120/140mm fan x 1 (optional)
 Bottom Fan: 120/140mm fan x 1 (optional)
 Top Fan: 120/140mm fan x 2(optional)
 Fan Speed Control: Three fan speeds are adjustable synchronously by one
 knob on back bracket.

 I/O Panel

 Top Panel: Power On/Off switch and reset button
 Front Panel: USB2.0 x 2, e-SATA x 1, Audio out x 1, Microphone x 1

So then, like one can guess from the specifications, it's yet another extremely well ventilated chassis, mainly aimed for gamers and other enthusiasts that need all the airflow possible.

 

Bundle

 

Xigmatek Midgard Case Review
 

The bundle includes the usual installation guide and screws, but beside these there's also something a bit special. First of all there are the weird looking black things that act as cable ties. They come with a screw and attach to unused screw holes around the case. Beside these there's also a beeper and a fan controller. Now the fan controller is a nice bonus, but I'd rather see one integrated to the case, a know on the front panel would be much nicer to use than one in the PCI-slot.




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