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Xigmatek Asgard III review: affordable enclosure

About the same as the Sharkoon T28, which costs about 50 percent more

The Xigmatek Asgard III certainly is not a bad PC chassis for its £30 price tag. It cools better than the similarly priced Bitfenix Outlaw, even if that chassis is more quiet. The Asgard III performs about the same as the recently reviewed Sharkoon T28, which costs about 50 percent more. See all: Components reviews.

Xigmatek made a good impression with its Asgard computer chassis, especially among the hardware fans that like the smaller players in the market. The first two versions were affordable, basic but nevertheless quality cases, perfect for consumers that only want the basics and a solid enclosure for their system. Hardware.Info tested the third version that is available for a very affordable £30. Visit: Upgrade Advisor.

It’s usually not a good idea to cut corners on the chassis or power supply. For around £60 you get a better-looking case with superior finish, but it's an irrefutable fact that much cheaper chassis are increasing in quality.

One reason for this is that it doesn't cost a lot to give a chassis a rubber finish, painted interior and lots of connectors. The most expensive aspect of a chassis is the mold that's used. A new mold is very expensive, which is why entry-level chassis often closely resemble each other. More high-end designs are beginning to trickle down to the budget segment.

If you have a decent foundation to begin with, it's relatively easy to add a coat of paint or a window while still keeping the price in check. The Xigmatek Asgard III doesn't disappoint in this regard, at first glance at least. When you lift it up, you notice the first way the price was kept down. The chassis doesn't weigh a lot, which means the steel is thinner than usual. The ever-increasing prices for metals makes the materials the main difference between the different price segments, between entry-level and deluxe. Steel is fine, even if it requires a more finishing touch, since edges can be razor sharp if the steel is less than a millimetre thick.

The Xigmatek Asgard III has an austere exterior, with only a small strip breaking up the mesh front panel. The frontal connectors are located in that strip, and consists of two USB 2.0 ports and audio jacks. It's what you expect to see on entry-level chassis, but we wouldn't be surprised that soon the same price class will feature USB 3.0. The added cost isn't that much anymore, but the added value is significant for external storage media. The front also has power and reset buttons and two LEDs.

To find out about the performance of this chassis and how it compares to similar cases, read the full review on Hardware.Info.

Xigmatek Asgard III

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