Friday, April 15th 2011

Xigmatek Introduces Elysium Big-Tower in ''9XL'' Format

Originally known for their CPU coolers, the manufacturer Xigmatek has successfully established itself as a well known case brand with a successful line-up of enclosures, which feature an unbeatable price/performance ratio. After launching different Mid-Towers, Xigmatek is now announcing the first Big-Tower by the name Elysium.

The term "big" to categorize the Xigmatek Elysium can literally be interpreted as the flagship model of the manufacturer, as it is one of the largest cases on the market. 23 cm width, almost 62 cm height and a depth of 66 cm result in an enormous volume, easily able to hold nearly every hardware configuration possible. Especially extravagant systems profit from the space, as there is plenty of room for water cooling, SLI/Crossfire systems and even large mainboards like the EVGA SR-2.

In terms of the design, Xigmatek has combined their experience in cooling and cases to create a clean, modern look along with a long list of practical features. Twelve drive bays in the front allow for the ultimate expandability, while the brushed aluminum strips encompass these and add a classy note to the chassis. Xigmatek steers clear of unconventional forms, allowing the case to present itself with straight lines and massive size.

The top I/O panel holds a flurry of connectivity with 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, eSATA and Audio plugs hidden under a protective, sliding cover. Additionally, a SATA hot-swap bay for 3.5 or 2.5 inch hard drives has been incorporated into the top panel, allowing for easy access to such storage devices. Multiple openings on the top and the side panel result in excellent cooling of the internal components, with the metal mesh and slanted openings.

Clearly the most important factor of the Xigmatek Elysium Big-Tower is its extreme size and resulting interior volume. Even the EVGA SR-2 HTPX mainboard fits within the chassis with room to spare, while E-ATX and XL-ATX mainboards leaving even more free room. The maximum length for graphic cards is 44 centimeters, which is much more than even the longest dual-GPU cards will require. Extraordinary is not only the space, but also the extremely well thought out design.

Instead of only offering a single opening in the mainboard tray for easy access to cooler backplates, the Elysium has another one right below the second CPU area of the EVGA SR-2, so that such an exchange is extremely easy with such a board as well. The Xigmatek Elysium is the one and only case of the exclusive HPTX format which offers this feature.

Numerous, rubber-lined openings in the mainboard tray allow for easy and extensive cable management. Even with the possibility of installing a large variety of mainboards within the Elysium, a perfectly clean and well managed interior is easily achieved with this system. To further reduce any potential cable clutter, the Elysium offers two separate PCBs to supply power to any fans within the system.

This means that the fans do not need to be connected to the mainboard or power supply directly, resulting in the necessity of additional splitters. Instead, a single Molex connector is sufficient to power up to 10 fans, while the included 3-pin cable can be used to connect both PCBs. As both units offer a Molex connector, the user is free to choose where to place the power supply and how to route the power cables.

The Elysium offers two ATX compatible PSU bays - one above and one below the mainboard tray. This also allows for the use of two such units within the case to easily power high-end systems with a multi-GPU configuration. With the 10 mainboard expansion slots, using 4 dual-height graphic cards is easily possible.

The forward area of the Elysium is reserved for the array of 5.25 inch bays, each of them equipped with a tool-less locking mechanism. Internal 3.5 inch drives fit into the two 4-in-3 modules, allowing up to eight drives to be installed inside the case. These rest on rubber rings and are cooled directly by the included fans.

These are of the 120 mm variety, while a 140 mm unit in the back and the 200 mm one in the left side panel are also part of the case. All of these feature embedded white LEDs to add subtle lighting to the Elysium. In addition to these four fans, the case can hold three 120 or 140 mm unit the ceiling, two 120 or 140 mm ones in the flooring and another 80 or 120 mm one right below the CPU area of the mainboard. Even a fan with 25 mm height will fit in this location due to the space between mainboard tray and side panel.

The ceiling and flooring of the Elyisum have a multitude of mounting options, allowing the installation of a variety of radiators of the formats 120, 140, 240, 280, 360 and 420. The maximum size of such a cooling unit depends on the location in which it is installed. External solutions can be utilized with the help of seven openings in the back of the chassis.

Four casters are part of the Elysium, making the relocation of a full system easy and painless. Openings in the underside of the chassis allow for quick and simple installation of these rolls.

The Xigmatek Elysium will be available in four variants. Either with a solid or windowed side panel in combination with black or silver aluminum strips in the front and on top.

The Xigmatek Elysium Big-Tower will be available in May for a price of 159.90 Euro at www.caseking.de
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41 Comments on Xigmatek Introduces Elysium Big-Tower in ''9XL'' Format

#1
zads
Compensating on size much guys?
Unless you guys are putting a SR-2 board or equally monster setup in this case.. bleh.
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#2
Epyon
Wow i really like this case

it looks so cool.
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#3
pantherx12
by: AsRock
Hehe i found some thing to cut on it and that's those fan protectors as that stupid mesh block around 70% of the air flow.



Yeah was not much for the window. I would of liked to make one were i wanted it as there's is to high for were i want mine.

Reason being my graphic card has a fan were you expect but has 2 side fans which suck the air from the card.
Don't even count that as modding any-more :laugh:

I even take the grills etc off my psu.
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#4
Mescalamba
Nice case, bit more polishing and cuting and it will be perfect. Looks great for modding.

SilverStone had only two nice examples of case.. TJ-07 (which is probably one of most modified) and RV-01. Rest is far from nice.. And Lian-Li manufacturing is better than Silverstone, for same or lower price (I own both SilverStone and Lian-Li case).

Elysium looks bit like Lian-Li, just way cheaper considering size.
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#5
Black Hades
by: AddSub
I know that everyone is into aluminum these days
Looks better than most other materials used in pc cases and gives it a solid feel. Some don't bother with a exquisite case but for some it's supposed to be as elegant as any other piece of furniture in the room. Others are into cheap looking shiny cold cathode plastic things, race stripes, game and manufacturer logos, etc... to each their own, I wouldn't be caught dead owning one of those shiny tacky things.

I for instance bought my case thinking I wont change it during the next 10 years or even more.
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#6
SpookyWillow
by: Black Hades
Looks better than most other materials used in pc cases and gives it a solid feel. Some don't bother with a exquisite case but for some it's supposed to be as elegant as any other piece of furniture in the room. Others are into cheap looking shiny cold cathode plastic things, race stripes, game and manufacturer logos, etc... to each their own, I wouldn't be caught dead owning one of those shiny tacky things.

I for instance bought my case thinking I wont change it during the next 10 years or even more.
same here, i love my cmstacker and has lasted me about 6 years now i reckon, still looks nearly new even with a lot of abuse over the years :D

by: zads
Compensating on size much guys?
Unless you guys are putting a SR-2 board or equally monster setup in this case.. bleh.
you would be suprised how much easier a case with spare room is to work in, i hated small cases then i got mine and fit everything in with ease....it's great :D
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#7
random
This case has awesome cable management potential, could get a really clean system with this case, features are nothing special tbqh the inside looks like an antec 1200 with extra cable management holes.
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#8
theJesus
by: AddSub
And more steel please. I hate it when the smallest bump leaves a dent. I know that everyone is into aluminum these days because they bought into marketing bs (they cool your components and increase your prowess in bed!!!!:eek::eek:) Simply put, aluminum cases are cheaper to machine and they can be transported in larger quantities tonnage-wise over-seas from China, again saving even more money when it comes to freight cargo calculus. Everything else is marketing at work.
Aluminum weighs less. I like the idea of being able to go to a LAN party without having to carry 50+ pounds of equipment. I will, however, admit that I'm not exactly strong.
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#9
Scrizz
by: theJesus
Aluminum weighs less. I like the idea of being able to go to a LAN party without having to carry 50+ pounds of equipment. I will, however, admit that I'm not exactly strong.
LOL, looks like you need to add more to your pc..
my case is aluminum but my pc still weghs 50+ lbs.

:laugh:
:roll:
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#11
t77snapshot
I dig it!!!

I've been waiting for a case that looked similar and about the same size as the 800D, the black model is pretty close, but I hope it doesn't cost as much as a new 800d. I can't wait for some reviews on this beast.:D

EDIT: Tweaktown case preview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJB7AHmumXA
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#12
pantherx12
by: AddSub
Not big enough. Not nearly big enough. This is not much bigger and is actually smaller than cases that Thermaltake and Cooler Master are putting out and have been for years. Listen, I want a case large enough to fit myself in there in case of a nuclear attack. You know, like Indiana Jones in that fridge. Until then this thing don't deserve the "Big Tower" moniker.

Seriously though, few centimeters here and there over competition, at most, means jack! And more steel please. I hate it when the smallest bump leaves a dent. I know that everyone is into aluminum these days because they bought into marketing bs (they cool your components and increase your prowess in bed!!!!:eek::eek:) Simply put, aluminum cases are cheaper to machine and they can be transported in larger quantities tonnage-wise over-seas from China, again saving even more money when it comes to freight cargo calculus. Everything else is marketing at work.

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I agree with more steel , aluminium is the cheaper easier to work with metal and people pay more for it aawell lol
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#13
mastrdrver
by: t77snapshot
I've been waiting for a case that looked similar and about the same size as the 800D, the black model is pretty close, but I hope it doesn't cost as much as a new 800d. I can't wait for some reviews on this beast.:D

EDIT: Tweaktown case preview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJB7AHmumXA
Uhhh yea. I think he missed his review date.......by those same "next few days" he mentioned..........in February. :laugh:

Why is the larger a case gets there is a proportional increasing in ugliness? This has got to be the first case to break that law. I'd rather have a single large 200 something mm fan up front. Of all the things I don't care too much for in the HAF series the large ~200mm fans (except the 912 on the side) is something they got right. I plug all 3 with the 140mm on to my board and slow them down, leave the NH-D14 passive, and you have a new standard for silent gaming my friends. Now, if they would have just put dust filters in the 932 from the go I don't think I would have a large desire to get rid of it.

Anyway now that, that is out of me......really excited that someone else could design a large "HAF X" type case without taking it to be ugly forest first so the entire forest could fall on it.......yes I have a HAF 932. Every time I look at it my eyes bleed............yes I said bleeeeeeed and yea, its like the sprinkler in your front yard.
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#14
theJesus
by: Scrizz
LOL, looks like you need to add more to your pc..
my case is aluminum but my pc still weghs 50+ lbs.

:laugh:
:roll:
30lbs is pretty heavy for an aluminum case.
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#15
Mescalamba
Its aluminium outside.. it will be from steel inside. Though, I guess not that much steel as on TJ-07. :D
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#16
Sinzia
http://youtu.be/ICPvEjUDgz0?hd=1
its a 41 minute in depth review on the case.

TTL seems to like the case a lot for watercooling, which is what I'm mainly interested in using it for.

After seeing that video, and the comments TTL has to make about it, it seems its going to solve my want for a case that can hold at least 2 120.3 rads in it for a dual loop setup.
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