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Xigmatek Utgard Case Review

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SazBard 14th April 2010, 09:51 Quote
Nice review.

Lots of features for the price eh, and orange is my fav colour :D
crazyceo 14th April 2010, 09:53 Quote
I agree, the black and orange looks rather nice. A bit of tweeking needed for best results but for £70 it's excellent value and by the sound of it, it has a quality feel.
eddtox 14th April 2010, 10:25 Quote
Sounds like a good way to cut ~£20 off the Enthusiast Overclocker build
TWeaK 14th April 2010, 10:35 Quote
Good review, although I would've liked a closer look at the disc caddy. It seems that a lot of these hinder airflow a bit too much for my liking.

I think the reason most case manufacturers use 5.25" bays is just down to production costs - it's far easier to build just one bank of 5.25" bays and include adaptors for 3.5" than it is to have a bank of bays which ends and half way down and joins to a bank of 3.5". Also I think you can get some fan/radiator mounting brackets that screw into 5.25" slots, but they were overpriced for what they were (just a pair of pieces of metal with some screw holes). Maybe case manufacterers should include these - I only have one hard drive in my case atm and I've never felt the need for more than 2, maybe 3 at a very big stretch - as it would be good to get more fancs in the front.

Also, would the radiator/fan mounts in the roof be out of alignment for a 140mm dual radiator? It looks like they're the right distance for a big radiator but it's just the 120mm holes that are further apart.
kingred 14th April 2010, 10:58 Quote
where do i buy one.
Sifter3000 14th April 2010, 10:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by kingred
where do i buy one.

Link at the top of page 1. Novatech I think.
Baz 14th April 2010, 11:03 Quote
novatech, overclockers and even play.com all in stock
yakyb 14th April 2010, 11:44 Quote
and scan


nearly bought on the only thing that is holding me back is that is prefer the external sata port on the top of the 690 II advanced
vampalan 14th April 2010, 12:40 Quote
Doesnt seem to contain weight of the case in the review.. any pointers?
mx0forever 14th April 2010, 13:57 Quote
OMG first time here that i see the value level is 10 of 10 OMG!!!
rehk 14th April 2010, 15:31 Quote
Couldn't help but notice in the interior picture with nothing installed, the motherboard tray doesn't have any risers. I'm paranoid with things like that, were they packaged with the box or are they missing entirely?
Hustler 14th April 2010, 15:42 Quote
Why do case manufacturers persist in making cases that struggle to fit the best Gfx cards....

They must know that you really need 12' to ensure you can at least fit a top end card.....

Jeez, even my Coolermaster Elite 335 can take a 5870 without needing to move anything......how can a case more than twice the price struggle in this area...
Claave 14th April 2010, 16:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by rehk
Couldn't help but notice in the interior picture with nothing installed, the motherboard tray doesn't have any risers. I'm paranoid with things like that, were they packaged with the box or are they missing entirely?

Yes, they're in the bits box.
eddtox 14th April 2010, 16:29 Quote
Silly question, but do the usb ports on the front work with USB3 headers?
Baz 14th April 2010, 16:53 Quote
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Silly question, but do the usb ports on the front work with USB3 headers?

Nope. For USB3 the number of contacts in the port is increased, so you'll need to wait for USB 3.0 cases for USB 3.0 front panel connectivity.
eddtox 14th April 2010, 16:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
Nope. For USB3 the number of contacts in the port is increased, so you'll need to wait for USB 3.0 cases for USB 3.0 front panel connectivity.

Bah, Humbug! I had a sneaky suspicion that might be the case. That means virtually every case on the market will have this problem. >:(
rehk 14th April 2010, 17:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by rehk
Couldn't help but notice in the interior picture with nothing installed, the motherboard tray doesn't have any risers. I'm paranoid with things like that, were they packaged with the box or are they missing entirely?

Yes, they're in the bits box.

Ah, good :D
2bdetermine 14th April 2010, 18:19 Quote
I don't get with all these companies making enthusiast cases with the one thing always missing is side panel transparent window.
Blackie Chan 14th April 2010, 18:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by 2bdetermine
I don't get with all these companies making enthusiast cases with the one thing always missing is side panel transparent window.

yarly! I had a raidmax smilodon and it wasnt the best case by any means but I loved that I could see all the components at work and even catch if a fan had stopped spinning. I think I will definitely be looking for a good acrylic panelled case next build.
JAMF 14th April 2010, 18:59 Quote
It would have been nice to see an eSATA docking possibility for hard disks. That "dish" on top would have been a good spot and there a cover for the connections located in the side of that recess.
LOTDN 14th April 2010, 19:18 Quote
Nice review. Any word if you guys are ever going to review the Silverstone Fortress FT02? One of the hottest cases out this year, from what I've heard, and it is mentioned in the Premium Player's build.
leslie 14th April 2010, 20:30 Quote
Some of you have ridiculous high hopes for budget case.
A Sata drive bay?? Really? Those cost half half as much as this case.

The Video card issue though is something that should be taken into consideration more often though. Too many cases just need an extra inch of depth. Even my Antec 300 is a bit tight.
Mante 14th April 2010, 20:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by 2bdetermine
I don't get with all these companies making enthusiast cases with the one thing always missing is side panel transparent window.

I was going to comment the same. I'm getting Lancool Dragonlord PC-K62 for my new build.
Nice review by the way.
JAMF 15th April 2010, 19:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by leslie
Some of you have ridiculous high hopes for budget case.
A Sata drive bay?? Really? Those cost half half as much as this case.
When they can make a complete external eSATA enclosure for less than a tenner, they can assemble some connectors for a fiver or less.
leslie 16th April 2010, 20:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by JAMF
When they can make a complete external eSATA enclosure for less than a tenner, they can assemble some connectors for a fiver or less.

Maybe, but you won't likely see it.
It's a nice feature and there is little competition for that sort of thing, making it a rare feature, one they can charge a premium for.

It's a budget case, expect budget features.
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