Midgard: First Xigmatek PC case introduced
The PC case Midgard represents Xigmatek's entry into the market. The black case for gamers has a meshed front and offers capacity for up to seven fans.
Xigmatek extends the product array with a middle-class PC case. The name of the Xigmatek Midgard originates in the Germanic mythology - just like Xigmatek's popular CPU cooler which is called Thor's Hammer.
The steel case comes with two 120 mm fans (inclusive white LEDs) and offers mounting possibilities for up to five additional fans on the floor in the lid or at the side panel. Each of those fans can have a size of either 120 mm or 140 mm. An additional slot cover with a rotary potentiometer is supposed to allow control over up to three fans. One of the five 5.25 inch bays can also hold a 3.5 inch device. Xigmatek delivers a fixation system you don't need screws for. Additionally there are five 3.5 inch drive bays which are rotated by 90 degrees. The drives can easily be removed and according to Xigmatek they are also embedded on anti-vibration rubbers. The Midgard has an all black finish that is added to by the orange highlights typical for Xigmatek.
According to the press release the front cover is fully detachable. An I/O panel offers an E-SATA and two USB 2.0 ports as well as audio connectors. On the lower part of the front a mesh covers the 120 mm fan whose orange blades create a nice effect in combination with the white LEDs. The power supply unit is installed on the floor of the case. Another advantage according to the manufacturer: Long PSUs don't pose a problem since anti-vibration material is supposed to cushion the transmission of vibrations. An opening in the motherboard tray grants access to possible backplates of CPU coolers even when the motherboard is installed. Furthermore the case is said to be big enough to offer space for a water cooling radiator in the lid - but given the pictures only a flat 280 mm version probably. Next to the slot covers there are two holes for tubes of an external water cooling solution. People well versed with PC cases might notice a small resemblance to Cooler Master's CM690, since Xigmatek receives the basic structure of the Midgard from the same producer as Cooler Master.
The Xigmatek Midgard is supposed to be shipped on June 12, 2009 for about 60 Euros.
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