XION XON-980 Case ReviewWaco - July 25, 2012
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Pulling the case out of its packing material was quite simple and revealed a fairly plain black case. The top of the case prominently features a set of four buttons with the label "Cooling Fan Control" below them. The two-position switches intrigued me… but more on that later. The front of the case is almost entirely mesh as is the bulge at the top. No cooling fans are included for this top position although there are mounting holes for both 120mm and 140mm fans.
Moving around to the rear of the case you can see a slew of grommeted openings for water cooling tubing should you decide to use external radiators. The top rear of the case mimics the front with a pseudo-fan control cluster at the edge. Aside from the 120mm cooling fan (and old-school mounts for a 92mm case fan) there's nothing too terribly special going on back here.
The sides of the XON-980 are fairly simple. The left side has a large bulge in the center with mounting holes for dual 120mm fans or a single 200mm fan. The bulge on the top of the case is quite prominent from this angle but it is obvious that adding fans to the top of the case won't get in the way of any internal components unless you install 38mm+ thick fans. The right side of the case is basically just a sheet metal panel without the usual stamped bulge for cable hiding. Hopefully there is enough room on the inside that this won't be an issue.
Overall the looks of the XION XON-980 aren't too "out there" or outlandish. With the fan controller up top, the mesh all over, and the Cooler Master HAF-esque styling on the front and top this case looks ready to get some gear in it. Before that, move on to the next page to check out whether the innards stack up to its appearances!