Xion Predator Gaming Series AXP 970 Mid Tower

Closer Look Inside

Taking the side off the case, we get our first glimpse of the black steel interior. Wow. Looking at the motherboard tray, I fell in love. Oh, the cabling possibilities! Depending on how you set it up, there are several rubberized holes to run each and every unsightly cable your PC carries. Of course, there are the pre-drilled holes for the motherboard standoffs.

 

Here we have the four 5.25” drive bays, all of which support tool-less installation. Just below, a housing for up to four 2.5” drives, and further down we see two 3.5” drive bays. Resting on the bottom is the external 3.5” hot-swappable SATA drive trays. That as you can see supports up to two drives.

Notice the larger square hole in the motherboard tray. If you have a motherboard or aftermarket heatsink with a large back mount for the CPU, you’ll love this. Believe me, switching out HSFs is a real bother on a traditional motherboard tray. Most of the time, you have to remove the motherboard to do it. This eliminates the need.

 

For your perusal, I present the back of the case from the inside out. Another nice touch is a very long power chord for the rear fan. I love you Xion. You don’t know how happy it makes me to see that.

Did I mention cooling earlier? I believe I did. To add icing to this cake, Xion included provisions to mount a dual radiator at the top of the case.

Again, build quality is superb. I ran my fingers all over to check for sharp edges and came away without a scratch. Everything is easy to get to and there is even room for beasts like the Radeon 5970.

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