Xigmatek Pantheon case review
Another vent is found in the right panel, this one also provides extra airflow to the storage bays. Each side of the HDD cage has a 120mm white LED fan to keep your disks chilled!
The I/O panel at the top of the case is quite refined and offers a lot of functionality. The upper row features a round power button and two fan controller dial knobs that offer three channels each, enabling you to control the speed of up to six fans! One row below we have the power and HDD indicator leds, the microphone/headset ports and one eSATA port. The third row features a button to swith the LEDs of the included fans on/off, a reset button, one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports.
There are four 5.25” bays, they have an open-air design and are equipped with dust filter to minimize dust buildup in your case. One of the covers is missing in the picture, for some reason, it keeps falling into the case whenever I take it out of the box. There are no 3.5” bays, and a 5.25” to 3.5” adapter isn't provided, but I don't see this as a major issue as external 3.5” devices are rarely used these days.
A lever enables you to remove the HDD door, providing access to the six 3.5” bays (including two hot-swappable trays). It's pretty easy to remove, and I should add that the entire front panel is also easily removed, and doesn't feel flimsy at all.
Just like the 5.25” bay covers, the HDD panel is lined with dust-filtering material.
In the next picture, you can see the six 3.5” trays, two of the bays (the uppermost) have hot-swap support. The manual and accessory box can also be seen lying on the case's floor.
The trays slide out effortlessly, they're made from flexible plastic abut feel rather flimsy. Each tray supports a 3.5” HDD or a 2.5” SSD, the installation of 3.5” HDDs is tool-free, but for SSDs you'll have to use screws.
Added: April 13th 2011
Product reviewed: Xigmatek Pantheon case
Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck