Now let’s take a closer look at the interior features of the DG-8 series. This case packs a lot of features in both the front and in the back as well.
I know what you are thinking …….. “Man, that’s a lot of storage space”. You can install Twelve (yes 12) 2.5″ SSDs/HDDs in this case (or 8 x 3.5″ plus 4 x 2.5″) drives. There is a lot of space in the back of this case, and you won’t have to struggle with getting the rear panel closed because of all the wires.
Note: The DG-84/85 only includes room for Four (4) 2.5″ SSDs/HDDs (or 2 x 3.5″ plus 2 x 2.5″ drives) in this case, as they are priced accordingly as entry level cases.
Among all the cables in the back, you will find a 4Pin Molex and a SATA power plug. The Molex plug is used to power the fan controller, and the SATA plug powers the LED for the back lighting of the EVGA side plate. For me, it’s a surprise that EVGA went with a Molex plug on the fan controller, as that makes me a sad panda. Here is hoping that they phase out the Molex plug as soon as they can, and stick with just SATA power plugs.
The HDD cages are held in place using Four (4) thumb screws each (2 on the top, 2 on the bottom). Once the thumb screws are out, you can slide the HDD cages out.
The slide out HDD trays are locked in the drive cage. In order to take the tray(s) out, you have to slide the lock tab down to the unlocked position.
The slide out HDD trays are made out of metal (no plastic here). They have mounts for 3.5″ HDDs, 2.5″ SSDs/HDDs or a DDC Pump. I’m not a fan of how the pump mounts to the HDD tray. You have to remove the Four (4) screws on the pump and re-install them through the HDD tray.
To install an SSD in the 2.5″ trays mounted to the rear of the case, just slide your drive into the 2.5″ SSD caddy. The retention clip on the top, locks the SSD in place. Just push the clip to release the SSD and slide it back out.
The Two (2) 3.5″ HDD mounting brackets on the back of the case, are different than the metal trays we looked at earlier. In order to install a HDD in these trays, you have to slide the HDD from its side, and it will clip right in.
Let’s take a closer look at the main compartment of the case. Once you have removed the front panel (along with the side plate) you are welcomed by a lot of space to work. Motherboard standoffs are stamped right in to the metal tray, so there is no need to install standoffs for most motherboards. There is ample room for working on your cable management from the front of the case.
The case features a slide out top PSU cover to allow you to better hide your cables once you have routed them as needed. I do wish the case had a complete “basement” cover, that would cover front to back. But, I understand that would make it difficult to have access once all the components are in. Also, right above the PCIe slots there is a adjustable vent, to better assist in cooling your build.
I wanted to get a really nice exploded view for you guys. So, I took apart the panels (guide on that coming soon). I feel you get a much better view of the internal layout of the case with the plastic covers removed. The included reservoir mount will work for those who want to use an EK tube res. But, if you plan on using something like an XSPC Photon or Aqualis, then you will need to come up with plan B. I would love to see EVGA revise the res mount bracket to accommodate more styles of reservoirs.
If you are wondering how the EVGA front illuminated panel works, the source of the light is a SATA powered white LED strip.
The actual LED strip can be removed from the mount and can easily be replaced. I replaced mine with an RGB strip, to make sure that I can match the colors to my build.
Here is a better look at the back of the case with all panels removed. As you can see there is a lot of storage space, even with the Two (2) HDD cages removed. You can easily install Four (4) 2.5″ SSDs/HDDs and Two (2) 3.5″ HDDs, which I feel is a plenty of storage for an average user. The back of the case also features some big cable routing clamps, to help in wire management. I do wish they had added some cable tie down locations, so that I could route my cables as needed.
Here is a view of the front of the case, with all panels removed. You can see that there is a lot of room in the front and the top of the case for water cooling support. Given that EVGA went with a very interesting design on the left side of the case, you can only fit a 360mm or a 420mm radiator in the top.
Coming up next ….. System Install: