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Xigmatek Midgard III: Closer Look

Removing the side panels took a bit of a struggle to come off, even with it being braced. Once I got it off, the first time, I had less of a issue compared to the next few times. This seems to be a standard these days, but it is not a big deal. Once the panel comes off, you can see the black interior. The front includes two removable hard drive cages with six 3.5" bays in total. Above that are three 5.25" bays using a simple tool-less design. The chassis itself is more or less standard for a mid tower and has a bit of extra space once a hard drive cage is removed to allow up to 330mm video cards. The back side had the chassis cables already loose and ready to be zip-tied once everything is installed. I like this method better since you usually cut the per-install zip ties to route the wires around.

 

 

The 5.25" bays uses a different style than I'm normally used to. It looks less cheap compared to the round locking ones. The downside here is without a useful manual, I had a hard time figuring out what to do as they have down arrow saying "push", but doesn't move at all. As it's part of my job of being a reviewer, I can't leave anything to guessing. Therefore, after breaking one off (on accident), I figured out that all I needed to do was press really hard and the pins push in and lock into place. To reverse the process, just press again and the pin retract. The arrows pointing down have nothing to do with the device and only made me confused, thinking I was suppose to push down or pull.

 

The hard drives 3.5" bays are held together by two cages, with each holding two trays. Each tray has cross support for either a standard drive, which snaps into place by plastic built-in pins, or a 2.5" drive that can be screwed in. The top cage is held in place by plastic clips, these stick out a bit on the top and bottom of the cage. By grabbing both latches and pull at the same time, it slides out with ease. The bottom cage can be removed by flipping the chassis over, removing the panel, and undoing a few screws. Removing both trays is only necessary if you have two very long video cards or want to place a radiator up to 240mm in the front.

 

 

Here it is, all assembled! Installing everything was standard enough and I didn't really had issues past trying to figure out how the 5.25" tool-less part worked. The downside is, once you have everything neatly installed, a window-less panel goes on and all the extra effort was wasted. Although, the benefit of a clean setup is extra airflow, which is necessary with only one fan pre-installed and is definitely something this chassis needs. The plus side is, if you are lazy or just bad at wire management, no one will know! Just remember air performance will take a hit.




  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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