A Closer Look
Removing the front panel to access the ODD & HDD drives is relatively easy. Simply grasp the front panel at the lower section and gently pull out disengaging the tabs. With the front panel removed we see the Elysium comes with two 120mm white LED intake fans pre-installed to the two “4 in 3″HDD cages at the bottom.
The 5.25″ drive bay covers are held in place with two plastic tabs (one on each end), simply press on these lightly to remove them. The filters used in them are held in places with the tabs that are bent over. The best method to use for cleaning these, is to just simply remove the front panel and blow the out from the back. Removing the filters constantly will eventually cause them to unraveling.
Here we have the side panels removed so we can get a better look at the construction of the Elysium. One of the first things I noticed was the amount of cable routing options that Xigmatek included which is part of what gave me the impression of the Corsair 800D. Each of the main cable routing options has grommets included to offer you a cleaner look, while also protecting the wires as they pass through the motherboard tray.
Looking at the top control area we see how the two rails running up the sides tie in to the top. I would have liked to seen them carry over the Allen head screws over as well to keep things uniform looking.
Looking at the top control area we have the 2.5″/3.5″ docking station thats integrated, just below it we have the front panel connections that are hid behind a small sliding door. Underneath it we have an e-SATA port, two USB 2.0 ports, Headphone and Mic ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and the Reset button.
Located on the upper left edge of the top control area we have a large Power button. Looking at the right image we find the SATA connection for the docking station. I’ve always had a bit of a concern with docking area likes this. With the small 2.5″ hole left open, I’m always worried about something being dropped down in there causing it to short out. Sure its a fluke, but I would still like to see a door or flap of some sort rigged up on these.
Looking at the rear of the top panel we find a large meshed panel that covers the perforated top of the chassis. There is a small switch located at the rear of the raised area right in front of the mesh panel. Simply slide the switch which disengages the locks on the panel, slide the panel toward the rear and lift to remove it. This allows you access to install the top exhaust fans or watercooling radiator. Note that the Elysium can handle radiators as larges as 360 / 420mm in size.
Here we have a look at the upper fan/radiator mount from the inside of the chassis. The lower ventilation area is similar to the upper. The lower does have four rubber pads inserted in it to aid in supporting a lower mounted PSU while also decreasing vibrations that pass from the PSU into the chassis.
This area is filtered using utilizing a plastic perforated screen that slips in to place from under the case. To remove the filter, simply flex it so that the tabs disengage from the chassis for cleaning.
Looking at the bottom of the case we find the two large feet with three rubber pads on each of them. This gives the Elysium a very solid footing while also protecting the surface it’s sitting on. Located at the edge of the large feet are some equally spaced holes which are used for casters for those that want to have the chassis sitting on the floor. We will take a look at this here just a little bit.
Here we are taking a closer look at the inside of the Elysium. We have the lower PSU mount at the bottom, with the 10 expansion slots above it. Just above that we have the included 140mm white LED exhaust fan next to the I/O area. Just above that we have the filler panel where the upper PSU would be installed. Also note that it’s setup to also mount an additional exhaust fan. To the right we see the two large CPU retention bracket openings.