Xigmatek Elysium computer case as a FreeNAS server chasis

Xigmatek Elysium computer case isometric view

My main FreeNAS file server recently moved into this Xigmatek Elysium computer case. It isn’t easy to find a chassis with room for 16 3.5” disks; most are howling monsters better suited to rack mounting in a server room than office use adjacent a desk.

Xigmatek Elysium computer case for FreeNAS

With all the LED fans, black mesh panels, and brushed metal bits, the Elysium looks like it should come with a sub-woofer and hydraulic suspension; it does however happen to be well ventilated and moderately priced (relative to other huge computer cases, that is).

Xigmatek Elysium computer case front view

The two blue fans on the front are from my old case; this case comes with two hard drive cages, so I needed another two to fit all 16 drives (this style of HDD cage holds 4 drives per cage). Accessing hard drives is isn’t particularly efficient; first the front and side panels need to be removed from the case, then all cables disconnected for the given hard drive cage (including the fan); once that is complete, the cage can then be removed through the front of the case and the desired hard drive removed (via 4 screws that pass through rubber bushings in the cage). It is certainly not a fast nor tool-free process, but also not particularly daunting.

Xigmatek Elysium computer case side view