Wednesday, February 5th 2020

XIGMATEK Overtake is an Airy, See-through Monster of a Case

XIGMATEK today announced the Overtake, a massive full-tower case that has tempered glass on four sides, and a steel inner-chassis that can hold a large number of fans, supporting multiple independent liquid cooling loops. The star attraction with this case is its ventilation chops, which include four 120 mm (or three 140 mm, or two 200 mm) front intakes, three 120 mm or two 140 mm bottom intakes, two 140/120 mm top exhausts located along the case's vertical partition, and two 140/120 mm rear exhausts. This gives you the ability to mount four large radiators, a 280 mm x 140 mm along the rear panel, a massive 420 mm x 140 mm or 480 mm x 120 mm along the front panel, and a 280 mm x 140 mm along the partition, and a 360 mm x 120 mm or 280 mm x 140 mm radiator along the bottom.

The main compartment of the XIGMATEK Overtake has room for an E-ATX motherboard with 9 expansion slots besides 2 vertical slots that internally have room for triple-slot graphics cards. The main compartment offers room for graphics cards up to 38 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 18 cm in height. Storage options include four drive bays behind the motherboard tray, all four support 2.5-inch drives, while two of these also support 3.5-inch ones. The right compartment also features the PSU bay, with room for PSUs up to 22 cm in length. Front panel connectivity includes two each of USB 3.x type-A, USB 2.0/1.1, and HDA jacks. The case measures 485 mm x 247 mm x 566 mm (LxWxH). The company didn't reveal pricing.
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27 Comments on XIGMATEK Overtake is an Airy, See-through Monster of a Case

#1
Chaitanya
A "Airy" case with slab of glass blocking fans.
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#2
AsRock
TPU addict
Chaitanya
A "Airy" case with slab of glass blocking fans.
Looks like it has 10mm or so for the fans and they have not grilled the airways so maybe it be alright.

This is what i been wanting some one make and it's about bloody time, i hope they have fan placements on the bottom of it too.

Although i could without the glass ANY of it, front glass looks fully removable as well although adding a filter that looks right may be a little tricky.
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#3
DeathtoGnomes
AsRock
Looks like it has 10mm or so for the fans and they have not grilled the airways so maybe it be alright.

This is what i been wanting some one make and it's about bloody time, i hope they have fan placements on the bottom of it too.

Although i could without the glass ANY of it, front glass looks fully removable as well although adding a filter that looks right may be a little tricky.
Wonder how this case would look fully loaded. kinda wish they make it to fit 3x 200mm on the front
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#4
AsRock
TPU addict
DeathtoGnomes
Wonder how this case would look fully loaded. kinda wish they make it to fit 3x 200mm on the front
Only issue i have is that 200mm are normally low RPM fans, i like 2k RPM fan personally as ambient can get around 28-32c.

Looks they even vented the PSU too, some thing i been thinking of modding to this TT case as it's very much like it.


https://www.xigmatek.com/product_detail.php?item=251

Going by their site iit does support 200mm fans too, don't like the idea of both sides being glass though.
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#5
DeathtoGnomes
its very wide case, I like where the PSU is mounted but its forced to intake air from inside the case due to the glass, and drilling a few holes in glass is not that easy. A PSU with no-load fans wouldnt shut off as often.
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#6
AsRock
TPU addict
DeathtoGnomes
its very wide case, I like where the PSU is mounted but its forced to intake air from inside the case due to the glass, and drilling a few holes in glass is not that easy. A PSU with no-load fans wouldnt shut off as often.
Yeah i hope they do a metal panel one :P, o yeah it's 2x200mm fans possible for the front.
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#7
Bronan
AsRock
Only issue i have is that 200mm are normally low RPM fans, i like 2k RPM fan personally as ambient can get around 28-32c.

Looks they even vented the PSU too, some thing i been thinking of modding to this TT case as it's very much like it.


https://www.xigmatek.com/product_detail.php?item=251

Going by their site iit does support 200mm fans too, don't like the idea of both sides being glass though.
I do not see why a large 200mm fan can not push much more air around on low speeds, which they actually as far as i use them all do.
You simply do not want them to run faster at all, why very simple the huge noise they start to give at 1400+ rpm.
Still not as loud as my server coolers DELTA monsters but it becomes pretty annoying very quickly
Its often the flawed build position of the fans if they can not cool enough or/and that something is blocking the flow or/and flawed placing the wrong direction of the fans.
In general the front fans should blow to the back but often you have to seek the best result for the outwards blowing fans, this is in every case different.
Some cases have lots of options to find the best flow possible and those are the ones i buy.
My current machine has 14 fans in total so if i would let them run at high speeds i probably can not talk to anyone if the machine runs heavy programs ;)
With the slow revolving fans its almost silent while cooling every part at super low temps, at high load the cpu hardly ever hit 60 c so no surprise the cpu is often cooler than the ambient temp of the room.
People complain that they get cold legs and feet when sitting near the monster
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#8
R0H1T
btarunr
The company didn't reveal pricing.
I wonder why o_O
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#9
micropage7
R0H1T
I wonder why o_O
maybe they need to look at their competitors so the don't reveal the tag soon
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#10
Kohl Baas
Bronan
I do not see why a large 200mm fan can not push much more air around on low speeds
Pressure. You need pressure. As the speed of the air grows, the restrictions' effect grows exponentially.Doubled airflow means quadrupled restriction which needs pressure to be dealt with.
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#11
bonehead123
BIG ✔
ROOMY ✔
LOTSA ROOM FOR FANS &/OR RADS ✔
BORING/S.O.S.S. ✔
PRICEY- probably....

well, at least they have not 1 but 2 USB-3 ports on the front I/O....'bout friggin time, hehehe

@DeathtoGnomes: with the right drill bits, a low speed cordless drill, a few clamps, and lots of water, drilling holes in glass IS easy, but time consuming for sure.........been there, done that !
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#12
Chrispy_
When you have this many fan mounts in a case this huge you really should be looking at ducting stuff so that air gets to where it needs to be rather than blanket-coverage of the entire volume in a gentle breeze. If this is aimed at a home server market, the lack of a dedicated drive cage is going to hurt it. If this is aimed at serious overclockers with room for extra radiators all of the tempered glass is a problem.

Just about the only market this targets correctly is "I want a huge case with room for a multi-radiator vanity build, but I don't want to actually push it very far". In fairness, that does appear to be a valid market segment with people willing to part with their cash, so as depressing as it may be - it's a valid sales strategy.
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#13
Valantar
AsRock
Looks like it has 10mm or so for the fans and they have not grilled the airways so maybe it be alright.

This is what i been wanting some one make and it's about bloody time, i hope they have fan placements on the bottom of it too.

Although i could without the glass ANY of it, front glass looks fully removable as well although adding a filter that looks right may be a little tricky.
10mm before hitting a pane of glass and needing a >90-degree turn to reach most of the vent area is a major restriction and will choke pretty much any fan. 25mm or more is a decent minimum. Though with a case this size it's rather baffling that they couldn't fit the fans inside the frame ...


Edit: I just realized this case has glass on the other side panel too, making the giant vents around the PSU area completely useless. Wow. This is an impressive level of incompetence. Really hope GamersNexus tests this one.
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#14
bogami
Very limited PC housing, with the possibility of liquid cooling, it is possible to have 3x120 x25 below, as mentioned above, the partition above prevents more bark, 2x140 mm radiator in front and rear is max. 410 mm high some AIO reserves and would have no place to place it other than it, they lie on the bottom of the housing, which makes the length of the tube impossible and the GPU also covers its space. there is a lack of airflow through the upper part of the chamber where additional installation of the radiator would be possible. We can place 1x140mm above the PSU inlet of the unit and use it. There is plenty of room for transparency and only 2 disc bays in such a large case. So the wrapped up LED makeup option is the purpose of this PC case.
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#15
Octavean
Something seems off with the images.

The picture with the 240mm AIO installed in the rear of the case doesn't seem to show any indication of the PSU install location that should be visible in the upper right-hand side. Odd,....

I like the case overall but I don't have a need or desire for all that glass.

I'd also like to see fan install options on the top of the case as which would necessitate an alternate PSU location.
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#16
robot zombie
Bronan
With the slow revolving fans its almost silent while cooling every part at super low temps, at high load the cpu hardly ever hit 60 c so no surprise the cpu is often cooler than the ambient temp of the room.
People complain that they get cold legs and feet when sitting near the monster
Do you have a bucket of dry ice next to your intake or something? You're saying the air inside the case is cooler than the air outside? O.o
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#17
SpaceFire
AsRock
Looks like it has 10mm or so for the fans and they have not grilled the airways so maybe it be alright.
yes it's about 10 mm

R0H1T
I wonder why o_O
This case has already been out for a few months in some countries (Russia, France, etc.).
It costs 150 euros in France
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#18
Valantar
Bronan
no surprise the cpu is often cooler than the ambient temp of the room.
... either your temperature readings are wrong, you are lying, or you have officially broken the laws of thermodynamics. Unless you are using a chiller, peltier or other exotic sub-ambient cooling tech there is no way for your CPU to be cooler than the air around it. Unless, of course,
you are ducting in cooler air from outside or somewhere else. Beyond that it is not physically possible. I would put my money on alternative #1.
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#19
SQr
I found it on sale in UAE too, costs about 165USD.

Such a massive case with support for only 2x 3.5" HDD? That's just silly...

Instead, I went with the Raijintek Zofos EVO for about the same price, supports 10x 3.5" + 2x 2.5" + 2x 5.25" drives out of the box. It's all modular too, so if I want, I can just remove the bays and install stupid amounts of radiators.
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#20
DeathtoGnomes
SQr
I found it on sale in UAE too, costs about 165USD.

Such a massive case with support for only 2x 3.5" HDD? That's just silly...

Instead, I went with the Raijintek Zofos EVO for about the same price, supports 10x 3.5" + 2x 2.5" + 2x 5.25" drives out of the box. It's all modular too, so if I want, I can just remove the bays and install stupid amounts of radiators.
3.5 HDDs are on the outbound trend in favor of SSD/M2. It wont be long until solid state storage matches or betters HDD capacities. Whats max size for a single HDD for PC/home server? 14TB? 20tb? We've recently seen the enclosure that holds 6 m2 drives in one 3.5 drive bay.
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#21
Darksword
SQr
I found it on sale in UAE too, costs about 165USD.

Such a massive case with support for only 2x 3.5" HDD? That's just silly...

Instead, I went with the Raijintek Zofos EVO for about the same price, supports 10x 3.5" + 2x 2.5" + 2x 5.25" drives out of the box. It's all modular too, so if I want, I can just remove the bays and install stupid amounts of radiators.
I can't believe they left out the floppy drive bay. What were they thinking?!?
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#22
Bronan
Well to be honest i love nvme/ssd for almost everything, but i will never stop using harddisks especially in my nas which is raid 10 with 4 x 6 Tb 7200 rpm drives, and 2 ssd for improved read/writes on the nas (not for the networking then i have to add a 10 Gb nic) So when i do a rebuild or other maintenance tasks ( it became pretty speedy now ;))
Anyway before this i have used a 12 disk one and had 10 x 6 Tb but in recent years the need to have so much space is kinda non existing for the things i do.
After my accident i no longer work so the insane amounts of tools and tech stuff i used in my IT job are no longer needed. So i started deleting all that stuff.
But i actually want to keep a harddrive in my system for critical files and backups for files as well.
I simply install games on the raid 0 of 2 nvme ssd (1 Tb each) and have a raid 0 with 2 to 4 enterprise ssd (0.5 Tb each) as program drive, the system boots from another nvme ssd.
Currently i am having trouble with the 6 Tb hdd but its pretty darn old so it has to be replaced. So i am thinking about what i will need, with ofcourse still having enough free space. The files i use often are set local but how far can we trust the ssd drives.
I constant have the old ssd problems in my mind with instant complete dying ssd drives, impossible to get the data back from them dead is dead.
While on a hdd you can send it to a company which can restore the needed data in most cases unless the platters got damaged.
So ofcourse it depends on the failure, but restoring data from ssd is also time limited. They loose the data after a certain time period.
Before one says hdd do too but that is a whole different timeframe i have read a few very old drives recently and got the data back without issues 30 years later.
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#23
Valantar
SQr
I found it on sale in UAE too, costs about 165USD.

Such a massive case with support for only 2x 3.5" HDD? That's just silly...

Instead, I went with the Raijintek Zofos EVO for about the same price, supports 10x 3.5" + 2x 2.5" + 2x 5.25" drives out of the box. It's all modular too, so if I want, I can just remove the bays and install stupid amounts of radiators.
I doubt people tend to buy massive glassed-in show-off cases for their storage servers (and if they did I would enjoy reading about their premature drive failures from terrible airflow!), so two bays is likely two more than the average build will make use of.
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#24
Bronan
robot zombie
Do you have a bucket of dry ice next to your intake or something? You're saying the air inside the case is cooler than the air outside? o_O
Have any of you ever tested a huge case with 14 fans in total, i see answers here which raise my eyebrows about some here.
The pressure of 200 mm fans are often much higher than the small fans, unless you have them loose in the case.
If you have so many fans the air being moved is so darn high that people complain about it, several loud mouth overclockers who came to fix an OC issue with my intel system where stunned.
Most of them confirmed getting cold legs next to the beast, you really feel it.
On hot days it very nice to sit next to the machine, but on cold days most people avoid being near the machine.
I actually had some issues with the ladies, because they got the cold air under their skirts ( what is so cold here, can you turn it off ).

They never ever felt how much cold air a good full tower case with lots of fans can produce.
Sometimes i think its pure overkill, but on hot days its the place where many people want to sit close to.
This is only possible if the air is well directed in the case. So cases which have loads of mesh on them actually do not allow the flow to be directed that much.
I was also very surprised at the lack of interest of these people for good airflow, they never had tested any of the fan positions and never tried to see which do give the highest result.
Even now some keep saying that larger rads do cool better than a dual side duo fan rad, i have proven them over and over again that this construction does cool the best in almost any rad setup. The same goes for the better air coolers those beat any rad setup in almost every point in silence and better cooling. I do not have to give names because you can find the best aircoolers pretty easy yourself.

Most of the guys who came at my house just place the fans as a colorfull piece of bling, and did care only about the leds or the lack of them on my fans.
But to get fans working the best way, it needs alot of testing and moving around the fans to get the best result.
Ofcourse if your budget is limited, you will not buy such a case and to be honest it will become less important in coming years.
Untill heat becomes a problem again in the constant shrinking chips, but fact is i hardly see any system anymore with 2 to 4 gpu inside.
Simply because the performance of one card has increased alot, most do not need more than 1 card anymore.
Unless one wants to play at full 4k or higher on a large screen, which is still not possible at max settings.
Even if you own 2 of those silly expenssive 2080ti cards, yes my mate has them and let me build his system.
Anyway what baffled me as well was that the guys answered, its too much work to test it out like you do.
As i said earlier they cared more about the looks, than about good cooling.
Ofcourse dry ice is fun but that will not run hours and hours or like my system 24/7/365 it only is switched off if it really is needed.
Because it partially is acting as a server for several game projects as well.
I do admit that i actually want a new one because if i have to move this steel monster my back is complaining.
We tried to put it on a scale but it simply is too large to get a proper measure.
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Valantar
Bronan
Have any of you ever tested a huge case with 14 fans in total, i see answers here which raise my eyebrows about some here.
The pressure of 200 mm fans are often much higher than the small fans, unless you have them loose in the case.
If you have so many fans the air being moved is so darn high that people complain about it, several loud mouth overclockers who came to fix an OC issue with my intel system where stunned.
Most of them confirmed getting cold legs next to the beast, you really feel it.
On hot days it very nice to sit next to the machine, but on cold days most people avoid being near the machine.
I actually had some issues with the ladies, because they got the cold air under their skirts ( what is so cold here, can you turn it off ).

They never ever felt how much cold air a good full tower case with lots of fans can produce.
Sometimes i think its pure overkill, but on hot days its the place where many people want to sit close to.
This is only possible if the air is well directed in the case. So cases which have loads of mesh on them actually do not allow the flow to be directed that much.
I was also very surprised at the lack of interest of these people for good airflow, they never had tested any of the fan positions and never tried to see which do give the highest result.
Even now some keep saying that larger rads do cool better than a dual side duo fan rad, i have proven them over and over again that this construction does cool the best in almost any rad setup. The same goes for the better air coolers those beat any rad setup in almost every point in silence and better cooling. I do not have to give names because you can find the best aircoolers pretty easy yourself.

Most of the guys who came at my house just place the fans as a colorfull piece of bling, and did care only about the leds or the lack of them on my fans.
But to get fans working the best way, it needs alot of testing and moving around the fans to get the best result.
Ofcourse if your budget is limited, you will not buy such a case and to be honest it will become less important in coming years.
Untill heat becomes a problem again in the constant shrinking chips, but fact is i hardly see any system anymore with 2 to 4 gpu inside.
Simply because the performance of one card has increased alot, most do not need more than 1 card anymore.
Unless one wants to play at full 4k or higher on a large screen, which is still not possible at max settings.
Even if you own 2 of those silly expenssive 2080ti cards, yes my mate has them and let me build his system.
Anyway what baffled me as well was that the guys answered, its too much work to test it out like you do.
As i said earlier they cared more about the looks, than about good cooling.
Ofcourse dry ice is fun but that will not run hours and hours or like my system 24/7/365 it only is switched off if it really is needed.
Because it partially is acting as a server for several game projects as well.
I do admit that i actually want a new one because if i have to move this steel monster my back is complaining.
We tried to put it on a scale but it simply is too large to get a proper measure.
That was a long and rambling post with a lot of... oddness in it. It's not weird if people feel cold next to a source of airflow - wind chill due to perspiration and the general water content of human skin (not to mention the temperature differential between human body temperature and most indoor air) explains that. This will obviously drop the temperature of your skin, but not below ambient unless said ambient is extremely hot (and if not, then you're looking at hypothermia if your skin temperature is anywhere approaching ambient).

Cooling anything below ambient temperatures with airflow alone, though, is impossible. Period. Thermal transfer works by thermal energy moving from where there is a lot of it (something hot) to where there is less of it (something less hot). The bigger the difference the faster the transfer, generally. If two things are the same temperature, there is no thermal transfer between them. And if your CPU was indeed colder than ambient (say you had it in the freezer and took it out) putting lots of airflow across a heatsink connected to it would serve to heat it up faster, not keep it cool for longer. So while what you're saying about feeling cold next to your PC is entirely plausible, your tale about it being colder than the air in the room is pure nonsense.
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