Review: XPG Invader X

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XPG, the performance arm of ADATA, is the latest manufacturer to pass through our hands. The latter generously sent us one of their latest cases, the Invader X (spotted at CES), an aquarium-style case with two glass panels meeting without a pillar. In fact, it’s the latest fashionable style, as it gives a clear view of the entire configuration. So, a conclusive first experience with the brand?

XPG Invader X

The Invader X exterior:

With a front-mounted glass pane joining a side panel also in glass, the case benefits from a sober, uncluttered appearance. This aspect is further enhanced by the absence of any visible pillar on the front panel, as can be seen here, giving a clear view of the entire machine. As you know, we’re very fond of sleek cases, and this one is quite convincing.

Otherwise, we’re dealing here with a case in mid-tower format. This translates into dimensions of 245 (W) x 475 (D) x 448 (H) mm. Clearly, this is the most compact case we’ve tested since the beginning of the year. It’s also the lightest, weighing in at 8.95 kg.

For the moment, it’s difficult to talk price, as this model is not yet available for sale in France. However, from what we can see here and there, it’s a case that’s officially on sale for around $170.

The control panel:

XPG Invader X panneau de contrôle

Given the glass front panel, it’s logical that the control panel isn’t located here. However, unlike other references, the control panel doesn’t migrate to the top, no, it’s present at the very bottom of the case! This includes!

  • 1x power button
  • 1x reset button
  • 2x USB-A 3.2 ports
  • 1x 3.5 mm headset jack
  • 1x USB-C 3.2

The control panel is therefore functional and will allow you to connect more than two USB-A devices without breaking a sweat, for example. On the other hand, beware if you’re the type to put your PC on the floor, you may have to bend down quite a bit to plug in various devices.

The underside :

XPG Invader X dessous

 

On the underside are two wide feet, each with two triangular rubber pads. Fortunately, the Invader X isn’t very heavy, so you’ll be able to turn it around easily without straining your back!

Otherwise, we note the presence of a long dust filter that can be removed from the side. This is always more accessible than a filter accessible from the rear, since depending on the space available, you won’t have to turn your configuration every which way.

Rear :

XPG Invader X

 

The rear of the case, apart from being perfectly classic, features a large number of hand screws. We’ll see what they’re for. In the meantime, we note that the I/O shield slot is at the top, right next to a fan slot. Underneath, we have our seven expansion slots, whose covers have to be ripped off, which is a shame. We finish with the power supply slot positioned at the very bottom!

The top :

XPG Invader X dessus

The top of the case features a ventilation grille with triangular patterns running its entire length, as you can see. It hides the fan slots, but we’ll come back to that later.