Xigmatek Aquila Review

Exterior: Rear, Base and Stripped

Xigmatek Aquila Review

Exterior:  Rear, Base and Stripped

As the Aquila is quite wide, there's room up top for a 120mm fan as fitted or even a 140mm unit if you have one spare and fancy upgrading.  Below this we find the rear I/O cut out with space to the side for four vented PCI covers.  The PCI mounts are accessed by undoing a screw and lifting up a securing plate.  We have to be honest and say that it seems unnecessarily complicated and we can't think that it's any cheaper than just having four screws.  At the very bottom there's a cut out for a standard sized PSU, to the left of which a small mesh area provides additional ventilation rearwards of the 2.5" drive rack.

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The Aquila sits on long strakes which run the full length of the base as they do along the top edges of the case.  There's no additional padding on these so you'd best hope your desk top is perfectly flat.  Tucked underneath one of the strakes we find a hard to access PSU filter

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The case front pulls of with consummate ease revealing a huge 200mm fan.  The mesh area behind the fan is set quite low down so as to provide airflow not just to the motherboard area but also to the HDD and PSU area on the lower level, as we'll see when we head inside.  There's also a punch out for the front 5.25" bay and bizarrely a front floppy drive, although no further fixings are supplied, which makes it all very odd indeed.  The picture below right also shows that the plastic strakes can be removed as they are screwed rather than riveted in place.

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After a bit of a fiddle we were able to remove the top mesh vent panel exposing the mounting points for a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans below.  Xigmatek don't claim any water-cooling compatibility, but it would be a shame if we weren't at least able to get a 240mm rad up here.

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Most Recent Comments

03-11-2014, 10:15:05

Wraith
Nice work Gary it's well, something different I suppose, strange aesthetics reminds me of a retro 60's portable radiator, but those internals more than make up for it, lots of room for a showy stylish LAN rig.Quote

03-11-2014, 12:06:26

G-Dubs
Yeah, it's not bad at all, but it always irks me when manufacturers miss opportunities such as the potential extended water cooling that this case could have featuredQuote

04-11-2014, 09:01:23

vajoiner
wow those usb slots are in a horrible place. that's my kick zone. i envision accidentally breaking many thumb drives. i really need a nice matx case too.Quote

04-11-2014, 16:52:28

G-Dubs
No point having a great looking case if you're going to keep it hidden under the desk matey.Quote
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