Remember back in the 80s when the protagonist of every television show would get caught in quicksand, be trapped in the Bermuda triangle or caged inside an active trash compactor? I am not particularly paranoid but if you’re like me and was fed a steady diet of late 70s/early 80s action television early and often, one could easily jump to the conclusion that the chances of dying from any of those three circumstances is pretty high compared to something like heart disease. While not nearly as dramatic, the only other time I feel as close to being claustrophobic is when I am installing components inside a regular PC case.
While average mid-tower cases look spacious when empty, once you install large aftermarket heatsinks, multiple graphics cards and the drives, you barely have room to move around and plug in the power supply connectors. The 8-pin power connector in particular, on the top left hand corner, can sometimes cause you to pull your hair out in frustration. If you want to use a water cooling setup, sometimes there isn’t enough room on top for the radiator, even on a full tower case. Some full tower cases even claim E-ATX support but don’t care to mention that you will lose any cable management option if you do decide to install an E-ATX motherboard. Be ready to pay an arm and a leg as well, even before shipping charges, as very few case manufacturers offer full tower cases with flexible water cooling options and large motherboard form factor capability at the same time. Xigmatek has a case that aims to solve all these problems, dubbed the Elysium.
The Xigmatek Elysium is a Super-tower case, capable of handling even the massive 13.5” x 15” HPTX form factor. The Xigmatek Elysium doesn’t stop to impress there, it is also capable of dual power supply mounting and top or bottom triple 140mm water-cooling radiator support. Up to 10 PCI expansion slots, 12 5.25” external devices and 8 3.5” drives can be installed inside the Xigmatek Elysium, as well as support for graphics cards up to 17” in length and CPU coolers 6.1” tall. The Elysium has a heavy steel frame but optional casters can be installed underneath for easy transportation, while cooling is handled by a massive 235mm intake fan on the left side panel, aided by a pair of 120mm intake fans cooling the 3.5” drive bays and a 140mm exhaust fan in the rear. Never have issues with lack of storage space and work area inside a case again, after you have experienced the Elysium.