The lightness carries some trade-offs. The exterior of the Pantheon is well made, but the same can't be said for the top panel housing the fan speed knobs and I/O ports.
Looking at this thin plastic panel is enough to highlight its poor quality, and the rough knobs and harsh response of the buttons shows that cost has well and truly been cut.
In terms of the cooling, the Pantheon uses an interesting system though, with two 120mm attached to each side of the hard disc enclosure, and a single 140mm fan on the rear exhaust. The side fans reside in an odd position – their proximity to the drive cage will doubtlessly affect their ability to move heat around.
Still, it should be sufficient for all but the top end of multi-GPU PCs.
For rigs that require more extreme cooling, though, there is room for two 140mm fans, which should dissipate enough heat even for the most overclocked PCs.
Each of the fans in the Pantheon is pre-installed with white LEDs, which contrast the black exterior perfectly. We can only guess this inspired the "Where Gods are Settled" slogan on the packaging.
Though we hesitate to use the word 'inspired'...
If you're not a fan of the heavenly glow you can turn it off with the LED button housed on top.
A huge bonus of the Pantheon is the tool-free nature of most of its component parts. The 3.5-inch and 5.25-inch drive bays can all be changed and fitted without screws, and the plastic holders lock securely into place. Access to the front and rear side panels is also painless.
Despite being light and compact for a gaming case, the Pantheon is remarkably spacious inside.
ATX motherboards fit into a groove in the back plate, allowing room for the biggest cards, and up to six 3.5-inch hard drives. There's room for water cooling, extra fans, and SSD drives, and there's a neat cable management system as well.
The Xigmatek Pantheon offers plenty of room for system builders to play with, without compromising on weight, space or features.
We love the host of options, the tool-free setup, room for SSD drives and cavernous space. What's more, the price is fantastic.
Placement of the fans though is unorthodox, and the top panel housing the buttons and knobs is so low quality that it sticks out like a sore thumb.
Lack of dampeners on the drive enclosures could also cause excessive noise.
A decent case, at a fair price, but hardcore system builders should still look to the Corsair 600T for the best quality chassis.