Xigmatek Midgard III Reviewhornybluecow - June 10, 2014
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Xigmatek Midgard III: Introduction
Today we take a look at the Xigmatek Midgard III (3), which is the newest revision of the series. Aiming to try something unique and innovating, Xigmatek has included an integrated Qi wireless charging station among a few other aesthetic design choices into its third revision of the Midgard series. Xigmateck itself is a company formed in 2005 with goals to provide "The newest innovative technology, superb quality, and excellent service". With a few years under its belt, Xigmateck has already established itself in other markets, from power supply to CPU Cooling. Xigmatek is no stranger to the chassis market with seven different series currently in production and many more produced over the last nine years. It's hard to believe time goes so fast and some of those discontinued chassis I'm remember using, like it was yesterday. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this review, the price has yet to be announced so let's move on to the review and see what this chassis has to offer.
Xigmatek Midgard III: Closer Look
Here it is, unpacked and removed from the box! Interesting enough, the name Midgard is a reference to a realm in the Norse mythology, which as the story goes, will be inevitably destroyed by ragnarok in the future. The chassis has a piano black glossy finish, which could play along with the dark demise of the world. In reality, the chassis has very little to do with its name, but that's usually the case with naming schemes.
Looking at the pictures below, the chassis itself has three 5.25" exposed bays hidden behind the shinny black exterior. In the middle is the "X" logo, which is Xigmatek's stamp, and behind the front panel are a few cooling options i'll get to in a bit. As far as this chassis goes, the sides are void of windows, which can be a disappointment to some, but isn't always necessary and sometimes an acquired taste. The back of the chassis, however, is what has become a standard over these last few years. This is no different and includes a space for a bottom mounted power supply, seven expansion slots, along with a pre-installed 120mm fan to move that hot air build up in the chassis when it's on.
The top of the chassis offers a few cooling solutions with support for up to two 120mm fans under the removable panel. The airflow is a bit different and instead of traditionally being vent out the top through a mesh exterior, the Midgard allows air to be vented out the sides and back of panel. This may not be the best solution for air exhaust,but none the less, it works. For the bottom side, Xigmatek took a different approach. Instead of having feet to give the chassis some clearance, the Midgard has its own panel, which requires screws to remove. Originally, I sat and pondered how to remove the panel and with nothing in the manual, I was at a loss. That was until I put a flash light in the holes and saw screws! Once the panel is removed, it is revealed that this chassis indeed has a dust filter and a space to mount a fan along side the power supply. While it does continue the rounded design of this chassis, I'm not sure how I feel about having a bottom panel instead of just feet and a easy to remove dust filter, so let's move on to the next part.