XPG Cruiser review: Looking for the minimalist look? You’ll want this PC case.

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ADATA works comprehensively with its gaming PC lineup under its XPG brand, and the XPG Cruiser is another great addition to that product arsenal. The XPG Cruiser is a mid-tower computer case with plenty of internal space for more powerful gaming and enthusiastic builds, supporting radiators for both AIO and dedicated annular liquid cooling.

Despite the mid-tower chassis size, the XPG Cruiser supports motherboard sizes up to E-ATX, which are usually reserved for the most advanced components. Supporting up to a 380mm radiator, a built-in RGB controller, and room to install seven case fans, the XPG Cruiser should have no problem with power-hungry components.

The middle segment of the PC case market is a competitive segment, but in this review we’ll see if the XPG Cruiser has what it takes to grab a spot in our best PC case lineup.

XPG Cruiser

XPG Cruiser

minimum: The XPG Cruiser not only looks great, but it’s also capable of handling more power-hungry components, thanks to extensive liquid-cooling support.

The good

  • elegant design
  • Plenty of interior space
  • Supports radiators up to 380 mm
  • Can handle E-ATX motherboards
  • Good thermal performance

XPG Cruiser: Price and availability

XPG Cruiser

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The XPG Cruiser isn’t the most expensive case in the block, but it still commands a $110 price tag. This is a huge bit of a change for the mid-tower PC case and puts the Cruiser on the same stage as the NZXT, Corsair, and Stay Quiet! cases. Given that this chassis isn’t one boulder, but two panels of tempered glass, the price is an aggressive move from ADATA.
category XPG Cruiser
Motherboard E-ATX, ATX, microATX, ITX
I / O 2 USB-A 3.0 ports
1 x USB-C 3.1 Gen2
1x audio jack
expansion 7x horizontal, 2x vertical
storage 2x 2.5 inch SSD / 2x 3.5 inch HDD
Prince sultan university ATX
fans 3
front fans 3 x 120mm, 3 x 140mm
big fans 2 x 120mm, 2 x 140mm
rear fan 1 x 120mm, 1 x 140mm
front rad up to 360 mm
Top Rad up to 280 mm
filters front, top
clearance GPU: 350mm
CPU: 170mm
Dimensions 19.4 x 9.2 x 18.3 inches
(493 mm x 234 mm x 466 mm)
Weight 10.7 lbs (8.5 kg)
Materials Steel and tempered glass
Guarantee Two years
the color Black and white

XPG Cruiser: what is good

XPG Cruiser

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The XPG Cruiser is well packaged, and our review sample was not damaged in transit. ADATA provides everything you need to build a PC inside the XPG Cruiser, including cable ties and screws. Each sheet of tempered glass contains one strip of protective film to be removed. At first glance, the XPG Cruiser is an interestingly designed case.

At first glance, the XPG Cruiser is an interestingly designed case.

Up front, there is an angled piece of glass with a large opening in the side to allow the three pre-installed front XPG fans to draw in cool air. The right side of this board has the XPG branding and a brushed aluminum effect. At the top is where you’ll locate the power button, two USB-A 3.0 ports and two single USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports, as well as a dual audio jack for headphones.

Behind this set of front I/O ports are two fans and a magnetic dust filter. The left side panel is a large panel of tempered glass. The opposite side panel is bare metal and the rear is the usual for seven PCI slots (plus two horizontal slots), an ATX PSU mount, a motherboard slot, and a single 120/140mm fan mount.

Installing a PC inside the XPG Cruiser is a straightforward process, like any other mid-tower case on the market. The ATX PSU is placed under the hood and is common on most today’s chassis. Up to an E-ATX motherboard can be installed in the front, as well as a large GPU.

There is ample space to install the cooler and fans for an AIO liquid cooling solution for the CPU, and you can build your own custom loop, as long as you use a fan mount for the pump and combo for the tank. While there are only six mounts for the propellers, the XPG Cruiser is still capable of pushing plenty of air, thanks to the unobstructed access on the front panel.

Interestingly, the XPG Cruiser only has a few grommet slots to route the routing cables from behind the motherboard tray to the components on the front side. This results in a completely basic look on the interior with no cable brackets or other design elements to break up a single sheet of metal. But that does mean you can better route cables to the GPU, power, and other ports on your motherboard.

XPG Cruiser

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Thermal performance is good. I threw an Intel Core i5-12600K processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU inside an XPG Cruiser with 32GB of DDR5 RAM to see how it performed with mid-tier components. Gamers will not see the 10-core CPU temperature exceed 36°C with the AIO 360mm cooler.

XPG Cruiser: What is not good

XPG Cruiser

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The cable management inside the XPG Cruiser isn’t a strong point in this case. You will have to fight the lack of any cable routing on the back side of the motherboard case. The clearance is around 40mm, which is enough for most devices, but if you want to add your own fan and RGB controller, it starts to look a bit messy.

However, this can be considered a minor complaint for those who don’t really care about the messy state of the cables as one cannot see with all the side panels installed. It’s possible to create a clean looking PC out of tempered glass, and that’s all that really matters to most PC owners.

XPG Cruiser: Contest

Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini

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There is a lot of competition for the XPG Cruiser. NZXT is a big name in the PC industry and they have quite a few great chassis available, the NZXT H510. This case comes in a variety of flavors, including some special editions of CRFT that are built around popular video games.

NZXT does an excellent job with cable management in all computer cases, allowing you to get everything in order once all of your components are installed. The company is also working on adding mesh to its range of structures, which enhances airflow and thermal performance.

Be calm! It is another big name for PC cases and the Silent Base 802 is great. While it’s a bit larger than the NZXT H510 and XPG Cruiser, the 802 packs a punch where it matters most. You can install almost anything inside this case and get more than adequate airflow for cooling.

Finally, there’s the exceptionally good Lian Li O11D. I reviewed the smaller Lian Li O11D Mini, which gives all of the above cases a run for their money. If you want the best computer case money can buy right now, I recommend the O11D scope.

XPG Cruiser: Should you buy it?

XPG Cruiser

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You should buy this if…

  • You want a stylish looking and affordable PC case
  • Don’t get comfortable spending more than $110
  • You have a full size motherboard and a large GPU
  • Want a good thermal performance computer case

You should not buy this if…

  • You want a PC case with excellent cable management
  • Want a small, compact computer bag
  • You want to install a cooler larger than 280mm upwards

ADATA’s XPG Cruiser is a very attractive case if you want a compact and stylish looking PC. There’s enough internal space to hold an E-ATX motherboard, the largest graphics processing unit (GPU) you can use, and a few storage drives. The price is both attractive and aggressive, allowing one to pick up a can with good thermal performance for just over $100.

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However, it’s not all good news with the XPG Cruiser. This chassis does not have the best cable management. In fact, this is not good for 2022 standards, especially when compared to some competitors. However, as long as you can overlook an embarrassing mess of cables behind the motherboard tray, you can create a great looking PC with this case.

XPG Cruiser

XPG Cruiser

minimum: While it performs very well for its price, and looks great with the components installed inside, the XPG Cruiser lets you down with its cable management.

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