The Elysium is available in four versions; silver or black strips and with or without a windowed side panel. We received the silver version with the windowed side panel. Aesthetically, the design of the case is relatively simple, clean and straightforward but the most notable part of the Elysium is the massive size, with the case measuring over 61cm tall and 66cm deep. The Elysium is mostly made out of thick SECC steel which makes it very heavy, with the case weighting well over 15kg when still completely empty!
The front of the Elysium is entirely filled with meshed drive bays, 12 of them to be exact, with two aluminum strips running beside them and continuing towards the top and bottom of the case. One of the meshed drive bays carries Xigmatek’s logo glued to it. Not one of the meshed drive bays is cut to accommodate an external 3.5” device; there is no compatible bay either, you simply cannot use an external 3.5” device with the Elysium!
The LED lights can be seen in the form of small stripes on the right aluminum strip, towards the top of the case.
Xigmatek probably thought that given the size and weight of the case most people would place it on the floor and thus placed all of the buttons and I/O ports at the top of the case. The huge square button on the left aluminum stripe is the power on button and the I/O ports are being covered by a simple plastic sliding cover. Beneath the cover you will find an eSATA port, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, the standard headphone audio jacks and the reset button. Note that in order for the USB 3.0 ports to function, you need to route the blue cables found inside the case to the back of your motherboard and installed them on USB 3.0 headers. Installed right behind the I/O ports there is a unique feature of the Elysium, an integrated SATA disk dock on which you can plug any 2.5” or 3.5” SATA device as easily as if it was a diskette.