A Closer Look – Continued
The cable routing holes are placed around the outside edges of where the various motherboard form factors will line up. There is a large opening in the tray for the normal CPU area, with a smaller one to the right of it for the dual CPU boards.
Looking at the rear of the ODD/HDD area we see that Xigmatek included some supports for the main cage. These can be removed if needed by taking out the two screws (one at each end).
There are two small PC boards mounted to the motherboard tray. These are fan headers that can power up to 5 fans each. Each of them has a Molex so that you can power them straight from the PSU, also note the 3-pin fan connector already plugged into each of them. This is a jumper that goes from one to the other meaning that you only need to supply a Molex connector to one of the two boards.
Here we have a few shots of the tool-less design Xigmatek uses on the 12 ODD drive bays. Simply turn the center knob 90° and pull out to disengage it lock.
Here we have the “4 in 3” HDD cage. This simply means you can mount four HDD’s in the place of three drive bays. The Elysium comes with two of the cages pre-installed in the lowest drive bays. Each one has a pre-installed 120mm white LED intake fan mounted to it. On the right we have another shot of the support brace that runs from one side of the cage to the other.
Xigmatek also included anti-vibration grommets for hard drive mounting to minimize the vibrations passed from the hard drive to the chassis. On the side of the cage, they also included a couple of wire clips to aid in keeping cables looking tidy in the Elysium.
Here we have the contents of the accessory box. From left to right we have the User Manual, four casters (two with locks), four zip ties, and a bag of screws for installing the hardware.
Although there are those of us that don’t utilize a users manual, but there are users that are not as mechanically inclined as some of us. A good users manual can go a long way in making the installation process as easy as possible. I do think the manual for the Elysium could use some tweaking. This manual utilizes the pictures to do most of the talking, but the images are to make out in areas. I think if they need to be a little easier to see and maybe even a little larger.If not then more text is needed so the novices users have a little something to go off of.
Here is a side view of the four casters we talked about earlier. The lower two have locks on them so you don’t have to worry about the chassis rolling off into the next room with all your good hardware. If you don’t remember, there are holes in the chassis already for these, there even looks to be some hidden under the large feet.