XigmaTek GIGAS review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 04/17/2012 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
As always we begin with packaging. It's a simple yet informative thing to show as when you purchase a chassis, honestly you do not want any defects and scratches on it. The GIGAS is packaged in cardboard with a rather flashy design.
Once you take the unit out of the cardboard box you'll notice layers of foam cushioning the unit, which on its end is covered in a plastic bag. Packaging was done carefully and the chances of damage and risk, thanks to that, are minimal.
And here it is, the box design is pretty unique really, the design is once again kept simple, no bright lights and screaming logos -- subtlety in full effect. The dark black design is easy on the eyes. Less is better, and that works out well here. At the frontside the mesh is shaped to an X for XigmaTek though. There are plenty of meshes for ventilation and as we'll show you plenty of fans inside the GIGAS.
You'll notice that the entire chassis is made out of brushed black aluminum, making the chassis very light to carry and move around. At the front side we spot the IO with one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports. Also an audio in/out is supplied here as well as a power and reset button. The case can house two external 5.25" optical devices, and a nice aluminum bezel for the optical has been included.
Inside you can actually house the very decent number of six HDDs, spread out over two drive cages. We'll show you that later of course.
SSF / MicroATX cases are typically smaller than typical ATX towers. This means that although the same standard hardware is supported, it is supported in lower quantities. Typically these boxes are used as a suitable HTPC home (home-theater personal computer), but with the looks the GIGAS offers, it would make a great gaming system as well as even lengthy graphics cards, ( up-to 320mm (12.5 inches) can be installed.