Xigmatek Elysium Case ReviewBluePanda - December 21, 2011
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All of you out there with your large egos are about to grow them even larger – if you thought you had the largest case on the market, you are wrong. Xigmatek’s Elysium is the largest case I’ve put my hands on; no innuendo meant there. Standing at almost 24.5 inches without the included casters, this case is really tall. Released earlier this year, the Elysium has a lot to offer including the space to hold even the largest boards – HPTX, XL-ATX, and all other standard smaller variants. I’d really like to see someone put a mini-ITX board in this case and not laugh.
Designed with intentions for water-cooling, there are 7 rear ports for water tubes and room for radiators up to 420 mm. In reality, you could probably put multiple radiators in here. With such a large amount of space to work with, let’s take a closer look at what Xigmatek has to offer with the Elysium.
When the box arrived, I could tell that even the delivery guy had trouble with it. Without any handles to pick it up, the box was laid on its side and pushed onto the porch. Once it was there, I too had an awkward time trying to carry it inside the house. I’m sure the neighbors got a good laugh watching me try to pick up this box that was half my size.
That aside, the front of the box displays a sort of mystical location with lots of glowing letters that spell out “Elysium”. The name itself reminds me of the grain fields of Elysium from the movie Gladiator, but alas, there's no Russell Crowe trapped inside the box. There is also text referring the super tower chassis as “The One and Only” alongside a large image of the case itself. The back follows the same glowing theme and provides 12 small pictures of the case’s features. Undoubtedly, the box is already leading to a beast within. The side of the box shows the same image of the case as the front of the box, though with some more information about its features. On the other side of the box, there images of the four styles available and a checked box indicating the one that is included. Options include black aluminum with or without the windowed panel, or silver aluminum with or without the window.
Opening the box – which comes up to about my waist – I find the case enclosed on its side, packed with the open cell foam that a lot of manufactures have turned to. Thankfully, it doesn’t break into little pieces when your cat finds it as his new play toy. The case is wrapped in a plastic bag to protect it from whatever might find its way into the box on the way to your door step.
While the box seems promising, let’s see what it looks like without the plastic bag and unveil its true identity.