Every now and then, we get a case that is able to create the kind of buzz that get’s the whole community excited. The EVGA DG-8 series did just that. Since it’s launch, it has generated a lot of attention. EVGA has officially changed the way we look at cases, and how we place them around us. The DG-87 gets a lot of things right, and offers some unique features that a lot of other cases lack in the price range. From it’s nice swing open panels, to a built in fan controller, the EVGA case feels like a great quality product given its price (Let’s not compare it to aluminum and tempered glass offerings from some other companies).
When I first looked at this case, I had mixed feelings. A part of me really liked the idea of a case that was different. But, after doing a build in one, I find myself wishing that there were some things that would have been done differently. For starters, it is a great case for the money; specially at it’s base MSRP of $149 (without a window), and $169 (with a window). I would personally save the money and go with the DG-85 version, that lacks the drive cages, USB 3.1 type C, fans and the fan controller/LED display options.
EVGA did a great job designing this case, and I love how easy it is to take the whole thing apart for a paint job or some modding work. Areas where I feel EVGA dropped the ball are; cable management, and reservoir support. Add in the small length (6+ Inches) of the front panel cables, as it is almost impossible to get your cables looking really nice. I would also love to see some better warning regarding the PSU plate cover, as we broke ours while taking the case out of its box. Having swing open, and removable panels is really nice, and that allows for a great build experience as there are less things in your way, and your chances of accidentally dropping any of those panels is not high.
The case also features a decent amount of support for water cooling. Yes, there is a lack of insane amount of support that we have seen in some other full tower cases. But, EVGA brings a practical level of support to the market (specially at it’s price point). For some folks this might be a deal beaker, but for most, this is perfect. EVGA designers were very thoughtful when they designed the HDD mounting solution for this case, the HDD trays also double as DDC pump mounts, and support 2.5″ SSDs as well. The included lighted panel is nice, but, I wish it was RGB from the factory, and shouldn’t have been something that someone has to modify. The included Six (6) 140mm fans are great (DG86/87 only), and are not too loud at full speed. The included fan controller (DG86/87 only) is nice, but, I feel that it should have enough support for the number of fans it fits. Even though I used the fan controller to control the 3 fans in the front in my build, I personally would have loved to use a PWM controller on the motherboard, and control the fans from my motherboard.
- Built in fan controller for up to Six (6) fans (DG-86/87).
- Six (6) 140mm fans included with case (DG-86/87).
- Temperature probe to monitor case temps (DG-86/87).
- A lot of storage options: File Server? (DG-86/87)
- DG Tuner software adds easy of adjustments in Windows.
- HDMI Pass through for easy access (VR headsets?).
- Easy to remove panels for access and customization
- Poor cable management options in the back.
- Fan controller LED screen not bright enough.
- EVGA Side Panel insert lighting not in RGB.
- Power Supply mount cover breaks easily.
- Power Supply Intake too small for large PSUs.
- Support for only one type of reservoir mount.
There is a lot that this case has to offer when it comes to modability. Given its design, it’s pretty easy to take apart. Once it is all apart you can paint, cut, or make any other changes needed. The bottom mirrored area is ripe for someone to add a nice fan controller like the Aqua Computer Aquero, or something else that can take the build to the next level.
From simple mods, like replacing the white LED strip with an RGB strip. To more complex mods like custom top and front panels. I think the EVGA DG-8 series of cases have a lot of potential.
Given the base price for the DG-8, and it’s capabilities, I have no issues giving it the higher honors of 5 ‘nanners, and the Mod Zoo seal of approval.
If you have any questions about this case and it’s features, please feel free to drop a line.