Xigmatek Mach Review
Category : Cases
Published by Luca Rocchi on 13.03.15
With the Mach, Xigmatek has a very aggressively priced case in its portfolio, which features a well thought cooling concept as well as plenty of space for neat cable management. Keeping in mind this case only costs 29 Euro, Xigmatek has an enclosure in its portfolio, which is definitely worth having a closer look.




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Today, we're going to have a close look at Xigmateks latest mid-tower case, which is called Mach.

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Page 3 - Bundle Page 7 - Conclusion
Page 4 - Product overview  
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Specifications

Model: Xigmatek Mach
Case Type: Mid-tower
Dimensions: 410 x 180 x 405 mm, 3.78 kg
Material: SECC, plastic
Color: Black
Drive Bay: 5.25": 3
3.5": 3
2.5": 4
Expansion slots: 7
Form factors: ATX, mATX, Mini-ITX
Cooling: Front: 1x 120mm (Included)
Rear: 1x 120mm (Included)
Top: 1x 120mm (Included)
Bottom: /
Side: 2x 120mm (Optional)


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Bundle

Overview

The Xigmatek Mach bundle is pretty straight-forward. The actual box is made out of cardboard with all the basic information printed on it. Inside, we found the Mach wrapped up in a plastic bag, and safely placed inside two big pieces of styrofoam, so that even the roughest shipping will not leave a dent in it. Along with the case itself, the bundle also includes an instruction manual, which is always helpful, and a few other things like plastic bags, with enough screws needed to assemble your system and zip-ties.
 



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Product overview

Overview

   

The Xigmatek Mach is a mid-tower case featuring an aggressive design with rather edgy lines. The front has three 5.25" slots devoted to installation of optical drives and fan controllers. Both side panels and the top panel share the same style with a debossed, sharp and boxy shape. Looking for the connectors we find them integrated in the front panel and you get two USB 3.0 ports and a mini audio panel. The Mach is a case made for entry-level systems equipped with mid-range graphics cards and system that do not require exceptional cooling.

 
 



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Installation

Overview

 
Despite its rather compact size, the inside of the Mach offers space for an ATX form-factor motherboard, in addition to the mATX and mini-ITX form factors. The motherboard tray does not feature pre-soldered standoffs but there is the usuala large cut-out behind the CPU socket, which allows you to install aftermarket cooling solutions without having to remove the entire motherboard. Around the tray, there are four openings for routing cables and there is enough clearance between the motherboard tray and the right side panel. Like with all new cases, the is plenty of space for ATX power supplies in the bottom of the case with the fan facing outside. This particular case allows the installation of up to three 3.5" HDDs and four 2.5" HDDs/SSDs. For our system, we chose to use a longer graphics card and a tower cooler. As you can see from the pictures below we have not encountered any problems related to a lack of space, dimensions or assembly and all the components are correctly placed inside the case. Despite the fact, that there isn't too much space for wiring it was possible to arrange the cables neatly.
 


 



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Ventilation options

Overview

   
From the cooling point of view, the Mach allows you to install a maximum of five 120 millimeter fans. Included in the delivery, you will find three fans that are already mounted in the rear, front and top of the case. Two additional fans can be placed on the side panel. Given the small size of the case we suggest to use all-in-one liquid coolers or standard air coolers with medium sized heatsinks.
 
 



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Conclusion

General   + -
The Xigmatek Mach is an aggressively priced entry-level case aimed to be used for gaming or office systems. Despite its affordable price this case offers many features which can be found on higher-end PC cases, such as a good cooling, rotated HDDs/SSDs brackets, quick installation of heatsinks as well as plenty of space for cable management. The build quality is decent, but the materials are very light and the motherboard tray bends easily.  

- Bundle - Price

 
       
Manufacturing quality / Ergonomics   + -
Xigmatek Mach is made of decent, black painted SECC steel, internally and externally. The sidepanels are quite light and thin, but we did not observe any sharp edges or uncompleted finish. The space devoted to the CPU heatsink, graphics card or the power supply is adequate. During the assembly process we noticed an excessive weakness of the motherboard tray which tends to bend very easily. Despite this problem we have to point out that we managed to mount all the hardware properly and without issues.  

- Space

- Easy to scratch and bend
       
Design   + -
Of course, the design is always a matter of taste. In our opinion, the Mach is a rather eye-catching product with angular and non-regular lines and it should appeal to wider audience. As far as cooling is concerned, we think it's adequate and we appreciate the slot for the top 120mm fan.  

- Design
- Simple
- Cooling

 
       
Recommendation   + -
The price of the Xigmatek Mach is set at about 29 euro excluding shipping costs on Caseking.de. In our opinion, the price is perfectly aligned with features and the quality of the product. This model would be suitable for an entry-level gaming as well as rather powerful office systems.  

- Gamer
- Office System

 

 
Rating
The Xigmatek Mach gets good 4.5 out of 5 stars.
 




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Page 3 - Bundle Page 7 - Conclusion
Page 4 - Product overview