Alan Fackler Aug 29, 2012

Xigmatek Elysium Review

At A Glance


Cavernous innards; dual PSU mounts; HPTX support; exceptional cooling.


No 2.5-inch drive mounts; finicky drive-bay mechanisms; no fan controller.

Xigmatek’s Elysium is fricking huge. At 24.3 inches tall, 9 inches wide, a whopping 26.1 inches deep, and weighing more than 34 pounds, this monstrous full-tower enclosure is among the largest we’ve seen. Its cavernous interior can accommodate HPTX, XL-ATX, E-ATX, ATX, microATX, and Mini-ITX mobo configurations—and you can mount a second PSU at either the top or bottom for those power-hungry HPTX builds. The Elysium has 10 PCIe slots, and you can fit a 12.2-inch GPU with room to spare. But all that interior vertical space is a double-edged sword: We had to mount our PSU in the top bay, because its 8-pin ATX 12V cable wasn’t long enough to reach the motherboard from the bottom.

Twelve 5.25-inch drive bays adorn the front of the case. Two four-bay drive cages in the lower half are secured with thumbscrews and can be moved or removed, but the two 12cm front fans mounted to them must go along for the ride. Drives must be secured inside the cages with screws, and all the bays are secured using finicky plastic mechanisms. The case weirdly lacks any 2.5-inch drive mounts, so you’ll need to spring for your own adapters if you’re using SSDs.

The Xigmatek Elysium is one of the few cases to support HPTX motherboards, like the EVGA SR-2 we used in our 2010 Dream Machine.

The top panel features two USB 3.0 inputs, two USB 2.0 inputs, one eSATA, and headphone and audio jacks, all of which can be hidden by a plastic sliding door. There’s also a hot-swap SATA dock up top. Xigmatech provides an impressive collection of stock fans: Two 12cm front fans, a 14cm rear fan, and a jumbo 20cm side fan held system temps to an average of 23 degrees Celsius—that’s a full 10 degrees lower than the NZXT Switch and 14 degrees cooler than the Cooler Master Storm Trooper.

The Elysium isn’t limited to the stock fan loadout: There’s room at the top and bottom for three 12cm or 14cm fans, or two 20cm fans. Two small circuit boards turn one 4-pin Molex input into six 3-pin fan headers. There’s no onboard fan controller, though, and mounting the PSU will block one fan mount no matter where you place it. If water is your preferred cooling method, the Elysium can accommodate up to a 420mm radiator at the top or bottom (depending on where you put the PSU).

See those white fan LEDs? They’re super easy to set up, thanks to a built-in fan-light hub inside the chassis.

The Elysium is almost too big for the typical build, the finicky plastic latches securing the drive bays feel cheap, and the absence of 2.5-inch drive mounts is peculiar. But if you’re looking for a really big enclosure that can accommodate dual power supplies and oversize motherboards, the Elysium is cool, quiet, and attractive.


Xigmatek Elysium

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