Xigmatek made a good impression with its Asgard computer chassis, especially amongst hardware fans that like the smaller players in the market. The first two versions were affordable, simple but nevertheless quality cases, perfect for consumers that only want the basics and a solid enclosure for their system. Hardware.Info tested the third version, that is available for a very affordable £30.
We're generally of the opinion at Hardware.Info that you shouldn't cut corners on the chassis or power supply. For around £60 you get a better-looking case with a superior finish, but it's an irrefutable fact that much cheaper chassis are increasing in quality.
One reason for this is that it doesn't actually cost a lot to give a chassis a rubber finish, painted interior and lots of connectors. The most expensive aspect of a chassis is the mold that's used. A new mold is very expensive, which is why entry-level chassis often look very similar. More high-end designs are beginning to trickle down to the budget segment.
If you have a decent foundation to begin with, it's relatively easy to add a coat of paint or a window while still keeping the price in check. The Xigmatek Asgard III doesn't disappoint in this regard, at first glance at least. When you lift it up, you notice the first method of cutting costs. The chassis doesn't weigh a lot, which means the steel is thinner than you might expect. The ever-increasing prices of metals makes materials the main difference between entry-level and deluxe. Steel is fine, even if it requires a more refined touch, since edges can be razor sharp if the metal is less than a millimetre thick. You can read the rest of Xigmatek Asgard III preview on Hardware.info.