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Xigmatek Midgard III Review

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Xigmatek Midgard III: Closer Look

Removing the front panel from the frame requires you to grab from the bottom and give a few hard tugs for it to release. Because the chassis is light, I couldn't rely on the weight to hold it in place. Similar to other light chassis, you can use your feet to brace while pulling. Once removed, you can see in the pictures below a space for up to two 120mm fans, or with the hard drive cages removed a 240mm radiator. The top, however, is a different story as it's plagued with the same problem I had with the AZZA XT1 chassis. The I/O points are connected to the top panel, which makes it very inconvenient to remove the dust filter or install fans. I've seen enough chassis to know it's not unheard of to have the PCB attached to the frame rather than the panel.

 

Xigmatek took a different approach in the layout of I/O ports on the chassis. In the front, the Midgard has the audio, USB 2/3.0, and reset button behind a retractable door. Further back on the top is a square power button along with a Qi wireless charging station next to it. The addition of the Qi station has its benefits as it allows you to charge any device Qi certified. I wasn't able to test this out as my iPhone is not one of those. From what I gather, all you need to do is place the devices on the battery symbol and away it goes.

 

In the chassis was a small brown box along with a manual. Inside the box was the basic set of screws to install the motherboard, hard drives, and M3 screws for front fans. It also included a few zip ties for wire-management and that's it. Don't let the small box fool you as it has everything you need to get started. The manual however, was extremely basic and I almost wouldn't call it a manual besides the fact it lists what screws comes with the box. The manual folds out and has a washed out black and white photo of each section with a few words below that. This manual isn't for instructions, it's a quick guide to point out what is inside the chassis. As I am saying in every review I write; It's not hard to make a decent manual and when a chassis offers something different, it should be explained how to operate whether it's necessary or not. An example would be how to remove the bottom panel or how the Qi charge station works would have been helpful, but maybe next time.




  1. Xigmatek Midgard III: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Xigmatek Midgard III: The Case
  3. Xigmatek Midgard III: Working Components
  4. Xigmatek Midgard III: Specifications & Features
  5. Xigmatek Midgard III: Testing: Setup & Results
  6. Xigmatek Midgard III: Conclusion
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