X-Gene HTPC Case Review


What the hell?

Sometimes I get those new hardware for review, and my first thought is “what the Hell?”.  This is one of those times.  I bring to you the X-Gen HTPC Mid Case.  I was so wary of this case, I didn’t even have a witty story to go with it.  I don’t like the models that lay flat.  They remind me too much of the old Tandys.  They look way too nostalgic to be interpreted as an aggressive machine.  So I put it to the back of the line so I didn’t have to write about it until all the other stuff was out of the way.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  I’m a complete D-Bag.  That’s okay, I’ve got other friends aside from you.

Okay, I’ll admit that I am quick to judge.  If I don’t like something the first time I see it I tend to think the worst of it immediately.  But as I go along I either continue to hate it or I will eventually change my mind a little or altogether.  You can decide for yourself at the end whether I should have given the case its dues, or whether I rightfully did.  And if that confused you, then go read an Archie comic.

X-Gene HTPC Specifications

Case dimensions: 140x370x420mm
Motherboard Micro ATX/ATX
Drive Bays 2x 5.25″ (exposed)
2x 3.5″ (exposed)
2x 3.5″ (internal)
Expansion Slots 7
Fan Heat condution: 8x8cm*1;  Side: 8/12cm*1 (optional)
Rear: 8x8cm*1 (included)
Power Supply ATX (PS2) (not included)
Material SECC T=0.55~0.06mm
NW/GW 4.4/5.4 kgs
Ports Two USB ports in front

Okay, so now I am going straight to the nitty gritty.  I took a standard ATX motherboard and attempted to line it up so I could insert the retaining screws.  Only the mobo wouldn’t line up with the rear bezel.  It was about 1/6” off, and wouldn’t fit on top of the motherboard screw bolts with the bezel installed.  I found that by taking out the retaining screw bolts, the motherboard fit perfectly, but since there is a regulation 1/8” distance required between the motherboard and the case, this was not acceptable.  Also, it is possible to short out your computer if the metal is close enough to cause any kind of unwanted connection.