Unlike any other case in the market, EVGA has given a very unique look to the DG-8 series of cases. What is traditionally the left side of the case, is now the front of the case. The case has a very symmetrical design in the front, and there are I/O options on the bottom right of the case. The DG-87 case has an built-in fan controller as well (more on that later). The case features a nice big window to show off your hardware, and if you don’t have much custom cooling to show off, the case also has a very unique back lit side plate in the front of the case.
Note: The DG-84 is the only non-window version.
What is normally the front of the case is considered the right side of the case. The right side has a very clean design with some EVGA branding at the bottom, and a lot of ventilation right above it. Airflow from the right of the case should not be a problem at all.
Here is a better view of the right side of the case and as you can see, there is a lot of ventilation from the right side. The top right side of the case also features more I/O options. You have head phone and mic jack, power and reset buttons, USB 2.0 ports, and a K-boost button up top. This way you will always have access to controls and jacks regardless if you have the case placed on the floor or on a desk. Make sure you have a sturdy desk to support this case. It weighs almost 43 lbs without anything in it.
The right panel can be removed by pressing quick release tabs in the top corners. The DG-86/87 comes with Three (3) 140mm fans pre-installed in the front. The front can hold up to 3 x 140mm fans (420mm radiator) or 4 x 120mm fans (480mm radiator).
Note: The DG-84/85 do NOT include any fans, as they are priced accordingly as entry level cases.
The right panel has a really nice cleanable filter, that can be removed for easy cleaning.
To open the front door all you have to do it press on the black button on the right side of the window, and the front panel will swing open. Big cases with hinged panels are my favorite, as you don’t have to worry about dropping the panel and causing damage.
Once you have the door open you can easily remove the panel by sliding the lock tab down. I would highly recommend that you remove the panel, if you are going to be working inside the case. That way you will not cause any accidental damage to the case, or the panel.
The rear or the left panel swings open, by pressing the black button on the left side of the window. Once the panel is open it greets you with a couple fans (DG86/87), plus access to the rear I/O options. Unlike the In-Win 909, that shrouds the rear panel behind glass (requiring you take the whole panel off), the DG-8 allows you easy access by just pressing a button.
The rear or the left panel also has two 140mm fans pre-installed from the factory (DG-86/87 Only). The fans are connected to a quick disconnect fan hub in the rear and can be easily replaced if you would like to run something different. There is also HDMI connector in the back that acts as a pass through to the bottom front of the case. This HDMI connector is great for those who would like a VR friendly case, as you don’t have to keep going to the back to plug in the VR headset. Once you have the fans disconnected, you can remove the left panel by just sliding it up and out.
The Two (2) rear panel fans are plugged into a quick disconnect fan hub that supports PWM fans.
In order to install the power supply, you must remove the rear PSU cover plate. Just press the two quick release corner tabs to remove the cover.
Note: Please be careful, as we made the mistake of taking the case out of the box lifting it from the PSU cover (breaking the tabs on the back). Apparently, EVGA realized this problem and put a large “NOT A HANDLE” warning on the cover. However, I wish that EVGA had put instructions in the box, warning not to lift the case by the PSU opening. As you can’t see the “NOT A HANDLE” warning until you get the case out of the box (and out of the black bag).
With the PSU cover removed, you can now finally remove the metal PSU mounting plate. The plate is held in place using four screws, and there is a nice big arrow letting you know which side is up.
The case also has a slide out cleanable PSU filter, that can be accessed from the back.
The PSU intake opening is very small, when you look at the overall size of the case. I do wish it was a little larger. Some large PSUs might struggle with airflow due to a smaller intake.
The back of the case is pretty clean and simple. The rear panel has a nice latch on the top to easily remove it. There is also a big thick grommet on the side for routing your rear I/O cables. There is plenty of room to route almost anything that you might plug into the back of the case. However, if you are using some adapters, there might be an issue with panel clearance and getting the rear door to shut.
Before we take a look inside the case, let’s take a look at the front I/O options on this case. The DG-87 comes with a built in fan controller that can control a maximum of Six (6) fans in Two (2) zones (3 x intake, 3 x exhaust). The case also comes with a temperature probe, that you can place as needed to see how are the temps inside your case. This is a great feature if you ask me, as this way you can see the ambient temps and use it to see your Delta temps.
From left to right; we see a USB 3.1 Type-C connector, HDMI connector (great for VR users, to reduce trips to the back of the case), headphone and mic jacks, USB 3.0 ports, reset button, K-Boost button, and finally the power button.
One complaint I have about the I/O panel design is, the LED display that shows temps and fan speed percentage is very dim. It’s also hard to read on the mirrored acrylic surface of the case. I hope that EVGA starts using some higher brightness LEDs, or comes up with a different finish for the mirrored area.
Note: The DG-84/85 do NOT include the fan controller/temp display/USB 3.1 Type C connector on the side panel, as they are priced accordingly as entry level cases.
Once the right side panel has been removed, you can remove the top panel by just pulling it up. Initially, it will be pretty tight. But, go slow and it will pop off. With the panel removed you can see the included top exhaust fan in the case (DG-86/87 only). The top can fit up to 3 x 140mm fans (420mm radiator) or 3 x 120mm fans (360mm radiator).
Coming up next ….. Internal Features: