Adata makes ATX case for reverse-connector motherboards — XPG Invader X BTF also supports standard layouts

Source: Tom's Hardware added 10th Jul 2024

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Adata has added a BTF variant to its XPG Invader X case lineup. The new XPG Invader X BTF is compatible with rear-connector motherboards such as MSI’s Project Zero and Asus’ BTF. The XPG Invader X BTF is a mid-tower case and its main selling point is its design, which promotes clean aesthetics and better (-looking, at least) cable management by supporting rear-connector motherboards and components. But it also supports standard layouts, making it both flexible and (hopefully) upgrade- and future-ready.

The XPG Invader X BTF supports up to 10 fans and is compatible with liquid coolers that have radiators up to 360mm long. The case design allows for up to 400mm of GPU clearance, and supports power supplies up to 240mm long. If you’d like to use an air cooler, the case also allows for up to 175mm CPU cooler clearance, so it will fit taller coolers such as the new Noctua NG-D15-G2. The case features glass front and lefts panels and the rest is steel. It’s available in both black and white.

The case comes with five 120mm fans included, four of which have reversed fan blades to pull air in. For storage, it has a bracket that allow you to install up to three 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drives. The full specs are listed below: 

The Adata XPG Invader X BTF PC Case (Front Panel)(Image credit: Adata)

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Specification- Adata Invader X BTF Mid-Tower Chassis
Dimension (H*W*D) 485mm x 245mm x 448mm (H*W*D)
Color Black / White
Material SPCC / 3mm Tempered Glass
Form Factor ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Row 4 – Cell 0 ATX / m-ATX (Reverse-Connector Motherboards)
3.5″ HDD/HDD Tray 3 (3.5” or 2.5”SSD)
I/O Port USB 3.2 Type C x1
Row 7 – Cell 0 USB 3.2 Type A x2
Row 8 – Cell 0 Hybrid Audio Port
Row 9 – Cell 0 Reset Button, Power Button
Fan Included 5 x 120mm (optional by model)
Row 11 – Cell 0 (4 x Reversed Fans + 1 x Regular Fan)
Fan Support Rear: 120mm x 1 / 140mm x 1
Row 13 – Cell 0 Top: 120mm x 3 / 140mm x 2
Row 14 – Cell 0 Side: 120mm x 3
Row 15 – Cell 0 Bottom: 120mm x 1 / 140mm x 1
Row 16 – Cell 0 PSU Shroud :120mm x 2
Radiator Support Rear 120mm
Row 18 – Cell 0 Top: Up to 360mm
Row 19 – Cell 0 Side: Up to 360mm
Clearance Graphics Card
Row 21 – Cell 0 400mm (without side radiator installation)
Row 22 – Cell 0 270mm (with side radiator installation)
Row 23 – Cell 0 CPU Cooler Height 175mm
Row 24 – Cell 0 PSU Length 240mm
PSU Length 240mm Product: 8.95kg
Row 26 – Cell 0 with Package: 10.2kg
Warranty 2 Years

The XPG Invader X BTF has a mesh metal top panel and supports up to ATX-sized motherboards. If you’re looking for a bigger case, Adata showed off the XPG Invader X Pro, which supports up to E-ATX, earlier this year at CES 2024. 

It’s too soon to say if rear-connector motherboards and components will replace their standard counterparts (or get anywhere close), but we’re seeing more and more companies jumping on the trend. We took a look at InWin’s rear-connector-compatible F5 case in Feb., and Corsair showed off cases for both mATX and ATX boards. Rear-connector motherboards and GPUs provide cleaner cable management by hiding the cables away, but this means upgrading can be tricky if you want to keep your clean aesthetics. But because the Adata XPG Invader X BTF supports both rear-connection and standard layouts, upgrading will presumably be easier — though you might want to just buy a new case at that point.

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Roshan Ashraf Shaikh has been in the Indian PC hardware community since the early 2000s and has been building PCs, contributing to many Indian tech forums, & blogs. He operated Hardware BBQ for 11 years and wrote news for eTeknix & TweakTown before joining Tom’s Hardware team. Besides tech, he is interested in fighting games, movies, anime, and mechanical watches.

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