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Introduction, Design, Features

EVGA probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when thinking about computer cases, and you might not be aware that it even has a case line. It does, albeit a small one, that up until recently consisted only of a couple of mini-ITX enclosures (Hadron Air and Hadron Hydro) and a few full towers (DG-8 series). What about mid-towers? EVGA is now filling the gap between its two previous case lines with the DG-7 series, the company’s first mid-tower family available with varying feature sets.

There are four new models in all, starting with the DG-73 ($90) with an acrylic side window covering half of the left side panel. Then there is the DG-75 ($110 for matte black, $120 for white), which trades a single acrylic window for two full-size tempered glass panels. Same goes for the DG-76 ($140 for matte black, $150 for white), only it also has an integrated RGB LED controller. And at the top of the stack is the DG-77 ($160 for matte black, $170 for white), with a front tempered glass panel and a K-Boost overclocking button added to the mix.

EVGA DG-77 (Right Angled)

By wading into mid-tower waters, EVGA could capture a significantly larger chunk of the DIY system builder market. Sure, hardcore enthusiasts might still prefer a hulking full-tower, especially when outfitting it with a custom liquid cooling loop, but for the most part the mid-tower form factor is the most popular right now.

This also means that EVGA is going up against a mountain of competition. It’s a bit easier to stand out from the crowd when entering a niche category, but the mid-tower scene is anything but niche. It seems EVGA is banking on its reputation as an enthusiast brand to set itself apart, as the DG-77 in particular heavily promotes the company’s brand.

By that same token, EVGA is in a unique position to offer what many case competitors can’t, and that’s a themed build. If you wanted to, you could build almost an entire system from EVGA’s product family, including the case, motherboard, graphics card, power supply, and cooling. EVGA even has a mouse line, so you’re partially covered on the peripheral front, too.

This could be a trend in the making, with NZXT having recently introduced its first motherboard. For now, however, EVGA is in the best position for a themed build, especially now that it has a mid-tower lineup to go along with its full-tower and small form factor mini-ITX cases.

H700i and roughly the same size and weight as Corsair’s Carbide Clear 400C

EVGA DG-77 (Front and Back)

We bring this up because there is no official specification for a mid-tower in terms of dimensions, and we have seen some mid-towers that loom nearly as large as a typical full-tower chassis.

In keeping with the dark theme of the matte black DG-77, the front and left-side tempered glass panels are tinted…

EVGA DG-77 (Left Angled)

This gives the case a sleek look, though it also partially obstructs the view of the interior, especially in the absence of LED light strips or LED fans.

Over on the right side of the case, EVGA opted for a completely opaque side window. We suppose the assumption here is that nobody wants to look at the nest of wires that get tucked behind the motherboard tray, and that’s probably true for many people. However, it also means that cable management gurus are not able to fully show off their skills, so there’s a tradeoff in that decision.

All three tempered glass panels are held in place with thumbscrews sporting EVGA’s logo…

EVGA DG-77 (Thumbscrews)

There are 16 thumbscrews in all, leaving little opportunity to forget which company designed this case.

Even without the branded thumbscrews, nobody is going to mistake the DG-77 for anything but an EVGA case. The company’s name is splashed on the front panel and on the side of the power supply shroud, both of which are connected to the integrated RGB light controller. In addition, EVGA imprinted “Designed by EVGA” on the back panel, just in case you need further reminding when fiddling with the rear of the chassis.

The branding play is punctuated with the model name stamped in large, bold letters on the left-side panel. These are actually stickers that can be removed, either to leave bare or to replace with a different color—EVGA includes six different colored stickers in the box, so feel free to go nuts.

It’s all a bit over the top for anyone who is not aiming for a themed build. However, we can see the appeal for someone who is going all-in with EVGA hardware. Given EVGA’s status among hardcore users, the company can perhaps get away with promoting itself to this extent, versus, say, a company like In Win that doesn’t sell core components and isn’t actively involved in the overclocking scene.

Beyond the branding, the DG-77 has some attractive design elements. The removable top panel is one of them…

EVGA DG-77 (Open Top)

There are nine canals that run from the front to the back of the top panel. This both gives the case some character and offers ventilation, providing hot air an escape route.

The top panel is also home to a pair of USB 3.0 ports, separate microphone and headphone jacks, power and reset buttons, and a K-Boost overclocking button…

EVGA DG-77 (Top)

If you’re not familiar with K-Boost, this works in conjunction with EVGA’s Precision X software and offers one-touch overclocking for your CPU and GPU.

There is also a section to the right of the front panel that allows cool air to seep into the case. Considering that the front panel is a slab of glass rather than a mesh cover, adding a vented pathway in the front of the case was a smart decision on EVGA’s part.

For active cooling chores, EVGA includes four 120mm fans inside the DG-77. Two of them sit up front and draw cool air in, and the two others serve as exhaust fans, one in the rear and one up top…

EVGA DG-77 (Front Fans)

If more cooling is needed, you can add up to three more fans for a total of seven. You can also install up to a 360mm radiator in the front of the case, or up to a 280mm radiator up top. And of course, the rear fan can be swapped out for a 120mm radiator, as found on some entry-level all-in-one liquid coolers.

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