Xilence Interceptor Review
Up Close: Interior
As you might expect from a case able to accept the bigger motherboards on the market, the interior of the Interceptor is pretty cavernous. That said, none of the space has been wasted, which means that the case's external footprint is no bigger than it need be. The case comes without any of the motherboard stand offs attached, leaving so many holes in the backplate that you'd think someboby had paid it a visit with a shot gun. This isn't a criticism, oh no, far from it. The more holes, the more options we have for our choice of motherboard. A total of 6 good sized grommeted cable management holes are evident, with and 7th larger un-grommeted hole at the bottom being provided for cables as they leave the PSU and start their journey up the rear of the backplate. Turning the case around for a look at this rear area we can see that there's plenty of room, with 20mm of space at the narrowest points and much more in some areas. What isn't so generous is the measly allocation of a staggeringly scant 7 cable tie points, 7 for heavens sake!!! what use are 7? especially as you may well be trying to manage the vipers nest of cabling that comes with a twin CPU multi GPU system. And while i'm having a bit of a rant, why can't manufacturers that make these HPTX capable cases provide a blanking plate to mask off the second CPU rear access hole so that us mere mortals who install simple ATX cases don't have to gaze at a gaping hole poking out from behind out motherboard.
Focusing now on the front drive bay area of the interior we get a better view of the upper 5.25" bays. I'd have to call this a semi tool-less deign, as although no tools are required rather than the snap-lock type fixings we are becoming accustomed to this case actually requires you to turn red thumb screws in order to thread retaining screws into the drives (the cheek of them eh!) The red thumb screws are, as far as I can determine identical in design to those found on the rear of expensive HiFi speakers, used to retain speaker cable, which is no bad thing. Sliding down to the 2.5" and 3.5" bays things start to look a bit less well organised as the drive bay sizes fluctuate. It's no big thing, and by no means affects performance, however I think what looks like a random scattering of drive bays makes this part of the interior look more than a little untidy. Random scatterings aside, aside from the 2x3.5" drive bays located at the very bottom of the case, the most noticable feature of the upper portions of these drive bays are the PCBs mounted to the rear of the bays which allow the fast swapping of drives. A nice idea that allows for some very tidy wiring as each drive can be essentially pre wired into the PCB. What isn't quite such a nice idea is the bizarre choice of Green for the motherboard. Mmmm a black and red themed case....I think we'll choose a 1990s green for the PCBs...
Making our way to the rear of the case we find the PSU mounting area. Being an HPTX capable case there's no real concerns with regards to PSU size, and with an ample filtered vent your PSU should be able to keep itself nice and cool. However vibration free it won't be as there is no evidence of anything so much much as a nod towards vibration and noise dampening. Not so much as a rubber pad to be found. As we've already described the rear of the case from the outside there's no real need to cover it all again from the inside, however I did think a picture of the rather nice red perforated expansion bay covers was worth a showing.
Ok so time for a look at the roof. I guess you're all wondering what size rad it's possible to get up there (and if you're not, why not?) Well the good news is you should have no problems with a full size 360 without any modding. A max depth from the underside of the roof to the Motherboard stand offs of 70mm means you may have to be a bit cautious with regards to thickness as the fans must also be mounted internally to the roof. Anything up to 40mm should be fine though. Watercooling options aside, the roof area is able to accept a total of 3x120mm fans or 2x140mm fans or a single 230mm. However, for a case of this size no fans are included in this location.