Packaging / Exterior / Interior
Digitec shipped the X3000 testsample in a rather rudimentary outer packaging, which is made from cardboard. It’s been wrapped around the box the case ships in and a few air cushions have been added. The cushions keep the case box in place. Talking about the enclosure Digitec uses Corsair’s Carbide SPEC-02. Therefore the corresponding packaging includes a two piece styrofoam mold, that’s been wrapped around the top and the bottom, protecting the enclosure against rough impacts. Once we’ve unpacked the system and taken the left side panel off we noticed that there are no cushions whatsoever on the inside of the system. We would really appreciate it if the interior was filled with air cushions. This way the graphics card and the CPU cooler would be kept in place nicely reducing the likelihood of a possible death on arrival case (DOA) drastically.
The design of Digitec’s X3000 system is framed by Corsair’s Carbide SPEC-02 case. This midi-tower measures 49.30 x 21.50 x 42.60cm (LxWxH). Including all the components the system weighs in at a reasonable 14 kilogram. Looking at the front there is a plastic cover and right behind the case has been equipped with two LED fans that shine in red. Apart from that the left side panel comes with a window allowing you to have a glance at the components, especially the nice ASUS STRIX graphics card. Having a look at the connectors we find two USB3.0 ports as well as an audio-in and audio out at the top. Right next to those there is the power and the reset button. Overall the Carbide SPEC-02 is Corsair’s entry level gaming case.
A look at the backside reveals the different connectors that come with the ASUS PRIME Z270-K motherboard as well as the ASUS STRIX GTX 1080 A8G Gaming graphics card. Apart from that the X3000 has been equipped with a WiFi card. If you want to know in detail what connectors you get then we’d recommend having a look at page two of this review. There you’ll find all the information you’re looking for.
Looking at the X3000’s interior we see a neatly wired system. Apparently Digitec’s system integrator – Littlebit – does a good job. All the cables have been bundled nicely using cable ties and their also tied to the different cable tie loops the Carbide SPEC-02 case offers, which allow for an ideal airflow in combination with neat looks. Looking at the airflow concept there are two 120mm LED fans in the front, shining in red, and one black 120mm fan at the back. In the case of the CPU cooler Digitec decided to use an Arctic Freezer 13, which is also equipped with a 120mm fan that’s pushing the air through the aluminum fins towards the rear fan, which in the end moves the warm air out of the case. Since Digitec is using ASUS STRIX graphics cards there is a highly capable air cooler taking care of the GPU as well. One of its main features is the semi-passive cooling. As long as the GPU temperature is below 65°C the fans won’t spin, which in turn means no noise at all as long as the card is in idle. In other words you’ll only hear the card when you’re playing games and chance are you’ll have a headset on anyway.