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Xigmatek Tilting Mid-Tower Case Announced

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The latest addition to Xigmatek's Stealth series gaming cases is the Talon, a front-tilting mid-tower chassis influenced by automotive design.

The Xigmatek Talon is constructed of ABS plastic material and features an acrylic smoke-black side window, as well as a removable acrylic top panel which gives room for a 140mm or 240mm radiator. However, what makes the Xigmatek Talon's construction truly unique is its 2.5-degree front tilt, which is provided by its raised rear. Xigmatek claims that by raising the rear of the case at the bottom, it will significantly increase airflow from under the chassis. Even if the tilt doesn't provide a notable drop in temperatures, the case still looks impressive.


Once the tool-free side-panels are removed, the interior of the Talon shares a similar lay-out to most mid-tower cases. The case features multiple tray cut-outs, placement for a bottom-mounted PSU and plenty of 2.5-inch, 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch drive bays. Additionally, the case can support graphics cards up to approximately 13-inches in length. As for cooling, the Talon comes equipped with orange-bladed white-LED front 200mm and rear 140mm fans. The case also provides optional fan support for both the top and bottom.

The Talon features plenty of media I/O on the front of the case, with 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 and audio jacks behind a hidden hatch.

Pricing on the Xigmatek Talon is not yet known.

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    EzioAs , January 4, 2013 8:23 AM
    Everything looks nice and clean. The tilting is a turn off though...
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    EzioAs , January 4, 2013 8:23 AM
    Everything looks nice and clean. The tilting is a turn off though...
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    tomfreak , January 4, 2013 8:25 AM
    If improving air flow is seriously thing, I would go on silverstone Raven than this tilt case
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 8:29 AM
    Hard drives MUST NOT be tilted.Chinese crap!
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    JOSHSKORN , January 4, 2013 8:41 AM
    I'm interested to see how quiet this case is or isn't and how it deals with temperatures when overclocking.
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    pchisholm , January 4, 2013 8:56 AM
    The concept of tilting a case to improve airflow? Airflow from where exactly?

    This is the most cynical attempt at 'Snake Oil' that I've seen in a long while. A totally pointless and ugly gimmick.
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    alidan , January 4, 2013 10:05 AM
    Anonym3525325Hard drives MUST NOT be tilted.Chinese crap!

    i had to load the thing up in photoshop to make sure my eyes were being deceived, the harddrive area is tilted too... what moron designed this crap?

    i mean unless physics shifts inside that case, doesn't spinning crap... like a hdd, need to be horizontal or vertical otherwise they put stress on the parts inside making them break, or at least not function right?

    last thing i need when i rma something is "what kind of case do you use"
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    soo-nah-mee , January 4, 2013 12:53 PM
    Fist mod I’ll make after I buy one of these in 3 months on clearance from Newegg for $29.99: Craft a 2.5° wedge to shove underneath it.
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    azraa , January 4, 2013 12:57 PM
    soo-nah-meeFist mod I’ll make after I buy one of these in 3 months on clearance from Newegg for $29.99: Craft a 2.5° wedge to shove underneath it.

    You could just unscrew the original baseplate, just sayin.
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    soo-nah-mee , January 4, 2013 1:16 PM
    azraaYou could just unscrew the original baseplate, just sayin.

    Yeah, you're probably right. It may be riveted, but it'd be easy enough to drill them out.
    I was more thinking it would be a silly sight to have a spray-painted wooden wedge under there. Kind of a: "There! Fixed it!" type of thing.
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    bucknutty , January 4, 2013 1:20 PM
    Anonym3525325Hard drives MUST NOT be tilted.Chinese crap!

    I dont think a 2.5 deg tilt is going to have any noticeable impact in hdd life. Think about laptops. They are operating at all kinds of funny angles. Many laptops even have big batteries, or docks, that will put the whole machine at a 2-3 deg tilt even when it is sitting flat on a table.

    That might be a fun test for Toms. Take a few identical hdds and stress test them, one level, one at 2.5 one at 20 and one 45. See if one angle is more likely to fail then the others.

    I guess anything other than level or 90deg would put asymmetric force on the main bearing or shaft and could cause it to wear out unevenly.
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    bucknutty , January 4, 2013 1:24 PM
    I also wonder about the idea of never having any level surface and how air moves. For example if your gpu is now on a tilt, your drives on a tilt and the top of the case is on a tilt could this help prevent hot spots?
    I guess it is possible that the small lift will allow convection and the fact that heat rises to allow air to flow naturally up along the tilted surfaces and out the vents in the back rather than get stuck in pockets.

    Its only 2.5 deg so I dont think the tilt will help much but its a neat concept.
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    DRosencraft , January 4, 2013 2:16 PM
    I think some people are mistaking tilt for movement. There should be no appreciable difference between a secured HDD laying flat and one at an angle. So long as the drive isn't shifting about you should be able to have it sit at a 90-degree angle without a problem.

    I did have a similar idea for a PC case design. The goal, as they sort of mention, is to better facilitate natural fluid dynamics - cool air falls, warm air rises. Angling the case upwards would, in theory, coalesce the warm air to the back of the case with the exhaust fan to more rapidly expel it from the case. This could easily backfire, however, since that likely also means building up heat around your CPU, volt. reg., and/or northbridge area. It is certainly an interesting idea worth experimenting with.
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    digitalrazoe , January 4, 2013 3:01 PM
    Great .. the leaning tower of PCI(e) Give me a good ol' case port some fan holes in the top add a fan or two and call it good.
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    Onus , January 4, 2013 3:25 PM
    I like some of Xigmatek's budget offerings (like their coolers), but this rather awkward thing looks like an answer in search of a question.
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    ko888 , January 4, 2013 3:46 PM
    Since when was Xigmatek Chinese? Xigmatek was founded in Germany in 2005. So many clueless trolls.
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    warezme , January 4, 2013 3:54 PM
    I assume you could take off the base if you want a flat box but it's a marketing gimmick if you ask me. It doesn't do anything 25cent piece of wood or old book can do by putting it under the back of your old box if you really must.
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    Gundam288 , January 4, 2013 4:07 PM
    I still wish they would come out with a metal Super Tower case. Currently using their all black plastic one, it's great for what it does but it suffers a constant beating from my chair given the space I have to work with.

    I love the case, but I just wish they would make it out of some type of metal so it doesn't have that "cheap" feel to it, along with the durability that comes with metal.
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    fuzg13z , January 7, 2013 12:54 AM
    digitalrazoeGreat .. the leaning tower of PCI(e)

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    BreadWhistle , January 7, 2013 7:45 AM
    Looks a lot like a mix between a Zalman Z11 and an NZXT Phantom 410
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    Anonymous , January 13, 2013 4:31 PM
    modern hard drives are built with FDB Fluid Dynamic Bearing spindle motors, don't worry about tilt things.
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