Xigmatek Gigas Review
Up Close: Interior
Lifting the lid of the Gigas reveals quite a busy interior. There's a lot going on in here. The case can essentially be split into two levels or floors if you like, with the upper floor housing the majority of the drives and the PSU and the lower floor housing the Motherboard and the rest of the drives. The picture below left is taken looking practically straight down into the case, with the front of the case closest to the bottom of the screen and the rear of the case towards the top. On the right of the case we see the smaller transversely mounted drive assembly which is able to hold 3x3.5" HDDs by means of rubber grommet isolated screw mountings. The bigger of the two assemblies in the bottom right corner of the same image is the 5.25" bay assembly. Able to take 2x 5.25" drives with the upper most having a nice slot mount Assembly for your Optical drive. The lower bay would most likely be used for a fan controller or perhaps a HTPC front panel. The picture below right shows the drive bays from the left side of the case looking slightly towards the front. The second 3.5" HDD rack can just be seen peeking out from under the 5.25" rack. It's also possible to mount a 2.5" drives on the outside of each of the 3.5" bays. The bays are also made of lightweight Aluminium and are all held in place by means of two location pins and a screw arranged in a triangular pattern. They are extremely easy to remove and fit.
Removing the bays allows us a better view of the "ground floor" interior of the case. Turning our attention first to the front aspect we get a better view of the 2x120mm fans that come fitted as standard. The fans are rated at 800rpm and come with 3pin connections. Although there is plenty of ventilation in the case, it worth noting that none of the fans or ventilation holes in the case benefit from filters. Also seen in the images below are the reverse of the front I/O and power switch assembly and the interior of the 5.25 bay area.
Looking now into the rear of the case we can see that the Gigas is able to accept pretty much any PSU you care to throw at it, with a large mounting rail and full ventilation of the PSU mount area. Like the front of the case the rear also sports two 120mm fans, this time vertically mounted on extract. Being quite a small case the Gigas is limited to 4 expansion slots but is able to accept GPUs up to 12.5" (320mm) in both SLI and Xfire.
As it's not that easy to get a good idea of what the drive bays look like while their inside the case I thought I'd show them out in the wild. Also shown below is the usual assortment of screws etc as well as the nice inclusion of an expansion bay mount fan controller.