Xigmatek Nebula C Review
Category : Cases
Published by Luca Rocchi on 09.02.15
The Nebula C is a cube case from Xigmatek with very small dimensions. It allows the installation of mini-ITX motherboards in combination with ATX power supplies. In addition there is enough space in order to create a small HTPC or file server. Apart form this the Nebula C is available in black as well as white.




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Today we're having a look at another mini tower case, the Xigmatek Nebula C. Apparently, Xigmatek has designed the Nebula C to be most suitable for office PCs, HTPCs and media servers.

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Specifications

Model Nebula C
Case Type Cube case / HTPC
Dimensions 260mm (H) x 260mm (W) x 305mm (D) , 3.56 kg
Material ABS, SECC
Color White
5.25'' drive bay 0
3.5'' drive bay 1
2.5'' drive bay 1
Expansion slots 2
Form factors Mini-ITX
Cooling

1x 120mm



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Bundle

Overview

The Xigmatek Nebula C bundle is simple and pretty straight-forward. The actual box is made out of cardboard with all the basic information printed on it. Inside, we found the Xigmatek Nebula C case tightly wrapped up in a plastic bag, and safely placed inside two big pieces of styrofoam, so that even the roughest shipping would not hurt the actual case inside. Along with the case itself, the bundle also includes an instruction manual, which is always helpful, and a few other things including a plastic bag with screws needed for assembly as well as some zip-ties.
 



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Product overview

Overview

   
 

The Xigmatek Nebula C is a very stylish mini tower PC case made ​​of ABS plastic and SECC steel and aimed to be used with Mini-ITX motherboards. The front, as well as almost the entire case, is smooth and features only a small backlighted power button. The side panels are rather simple, without any meshed parts and only on the right panel we find the I/O connections which include two USB 3.0 ports and classic 3.5mm audio jacks. As noted above, even the top panel is very smooth and elegant and in line with the style of the rest of the case. Despite its small size, the Xigmatek Nebula C is easily accessible on every side due to the fact that the panels are completely removable thanks to a tool-less locking system.

 
   
 



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Installation

Overview

   
 
The Xigmatek Nebula C is compatible with Mini-ITX form-factor motherboards. The motherboard is placed in a horizontal orientation and hidden under the power supply. We recommend the use of stock or low-profile heatsinks but there should also be enough space for a small tower cooler since there is about 80mm of clearance. The space for the power supply is adequate and allows you to install even large or non-modular units, even if this case is not designed for a gaming system. In our case, we used the BitFenix ​​Fury PSU without any problems. The Xigmatek Nebula C is able to accommodate one 3.5" HDD and one 2.5" HDD/SSD in its cage located in the upper part of the case. For our system we chose to use the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe motherboard with a stock heatsink. After placing the motherboard in the special seat we did not encounter any problems with space or wiring, but remember that the Nebula C allows you to install graphics cards with a maximum length of 230 mm.
 
   
 



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Ventilation options

Overview

   
From the cooling point of view, the Xigmatek Nebula C does not offer many options. Mostly due to its shape and size, the Nebula C only allows the installation of one 120mm fan in the rear part of the case.
 
 
 



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Conclusion

General   + -
The Xigmatek Nebula C is a mini cube case designed for those looking for an elegant and classic design. Contrary to what you might think, the Nebula C is not an inaccessible case or difficult to assemble because of its small size. The internal build quality is good but we can't say the same about the external ABS since is very easy to scratch. The interior space is adequate and you will be able to use one standard HDDs and one 2.5-inch SSD/HDD.   - Design
- Internal space
 
       
Manufacturing quality / Ergonomics   + -

The Xigmatek Nebula C is made of black SECC steel and white ABS plastic, both internally and externally. The sidepanels are pretty light, but we did not observe any sharp edges or bad finish. The mounting process was easy and very simple, we have not found anything to report and, paradoxically, we had more assembly problems with a few other ATX cases. Despite the small size of the case, it is able to accommodate one 3.5" HDD and one 2.5" HDDs/SSDs. In addition, there is enough space for a tower cooler of small size and a standard ATX PSU.

  - ATX PSU  
       
Design / Layout   + -
The design is clean and simple and the lines of Xigmatek Nebula C are definitely timeless. Even the space inside is done in a very good way. Regarding the cooling, there is no much to say since there is only one spot for a 120mm fan included in the bundle. Since this case is mostly designed for an HTPC/Media Server, we would have liked to see a 5.25" slot or a place for a slot-in optical drive.   - Design
- Internal space
- 5.25"Slot
       
Recommendation   + -
If you are looking for a small PC case with a very clean and elegant design and, at the same time, a good quality, then Xigmatek Nebula C is definitely worth considering. This model is available only in white but there is also a black one made of aluminum. Nebula C could be a very good solution for HTPC or a media server. At Caseking, the Nebula C is listed at 56 euro.   - Office
- HTPC

 

 
Rating
The Xigmatek Nebula C gets good 4 out of 5 stars.
 
 




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Page 3 - Bundle Page 7 - Conclusion
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