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All of you out there with your large egos are about to grow them even larger – if you thought you had the largest case on the market, you are wrong. Xigmatek’s Elysium is the largest case I’ve put my hands on; no innuendo meant there. Standing at almost 24.5 inches without the included casters, this case is really tall. Released earlier this year, the Elysium has a lot to offer including the space to hold even the largest boards – HPTX, XL-ATX, and all other standard smaller variants. I’d really like to see someone put a mini-ITX board in this case and not laugh. Designed with intentions for water-cooling, there are 7 rear ports for water tubes and room for radiators up to 420 mm. In reality, you could probably put multiple radiators in here. With such a large amount of space to work with, let’s take a closer look at what Xigmatek has to offer with the Elysium. When the box arrived, I could tell that even the delivery guy had trouble with it. Without any handles to pick it up, the box was laid on its side and pushed onto the porch. Once it was there, I too had an awkward time trying to carry it inside the house. I’m sure the neighbors got a good laugh watching me try to pick up this box that was half my size.
Big, full-tower cases have always been popular with PC enthusiasts. With lots of room for extensive hardware sets, configuration options and excellent cooling potential, new full-tower cases always generate a lot of buzz when they hit the market. They are, however, often very pricey and can be…well…a bit on the homely side. And, some enthusiasts are just never satisfied. “More room!” they cry. More bays, more slots, more fans!” Well, as it happens, Xigmatek has just released a huge chassis (they call it a super tower,) in response to EVGA's unleashing of the massive and uber-featured SR-2 motherboard. Xigmatek's Elysium chassis takes its name from Greek and Roman mythology, with The Elysian Fields (or Elysian Plains,) being the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous. There are very, very few cases large enough to support a fully outfitted SR-2 platform and will cost as much or more than the SR-2 mobo itself. This super tower chassis will also support up to four graphics cards, large liquid cooling components and a staggering number of drives and other devices. The rich feature set includes large fans, built-in fan control, a well appointed front I/O panel and even a few lighting features for added visual appeal. Please follow along as we take a closer look at the Elysium and its many features.
The Elysium is listed as a Super Tower Chassis, and after seeing the size of the box I can understand why. The box art on the packaging is graphical to say the least. The Elysium is well packed in a thick walled cardboard box. Along the lower edge of the front we find the main features the chassis has to offer. Along the lower portion of the rear we find several images focusing on certain areas of the Elysium chassis. On one end of the box they list of the specifications, while on the other end, they show the four versions of the Elysium that are available. The Elysium is available in Windowed-Black, Original Black, Windowed Silver, or Original Silver. The Lazy Susan that I have the Elysium sitting on is 24" in diameter if that gives you any idea how big the case is. From first glance the Elysium has a nice clean look to it. Looking at the front view we can see that the Elysium has aluminum strips that run up both sides of the 12 5.25" drive bays. The drive bay covers are meshed to offer optimum air flow. Looking at the rear we have 10 expansion slots, 7 grommets for water cooling lines, and 2 PSU mounting options. Our version of the Elysium is the windowed black version, which is what helps give it the clean look.
|Xigmatek Elysium Computer Case with Window CCC-HSA0DS-U01 (Black)||$169.99||See it|
|Xigmatek Elysium Computer Case with Window CCC-HSA0DS-U01 (Black)||$216.98||See it|