Xigmatek Aquila Review
Up Close: Interior
With the front and both side panels removed we are afforded an unrestricted view of the interior. Sproting a horizontal board layout the Aquila can accommodate both M-ITX and the larger M-ATX board, with the latter extending out over the HDD rack towards the case front. As the PSU is mounted on a lower shelf a few ungrommeted management holes are present in order to bring major cables up from beneath the tray area. Although there's a CPU cooler cut out, it's small, and whether or not it will line up with the rear of your board depends largely on the form factor and manufacturer. Either way, access to it from underneath is greatly restricted by the 2.5" drive bay, as seen in the image below right, making it's presence largely redundant.
The PSU sits on four good sized rubber isolation feet, with a vented area below affording intake air. As the Motherboard tray sits tight up against the PSU area, essentially forming a roof, we recommend that you fit the PSU with the fan facing downwards, as not to do so will result in one very hot and failing PC. To the right of the PSU area we find a rack which is able to house up to 2x3.5" drives or 2x2.5" drives. .
If you're planning on using the smaller M-ITX board and don't have a craving for HDDs the entire rack area can be removed creating quite a large space behing the front intake fan. Removing the rack is more than a bit of a fiddle, necessitating that you first remove the case feet strakes in order to access the lower retaining screws. Doing so however will garner you in the region of 140mm of room to play with meaning that not only can you fit pretty much any 120mm or 140mm AIO rad in here in push pull, but should you choose to, you could even find a home for the 61mm thick 140mm Alphacool Monsta. Just a shame that there's not enough height to get a 240mm in the front. turning now to the much less exciting rear of the case we find that Xigmatek have provided a white 120mm fan in the rear extract position, beside which lie the four vented PCI covers. All of which means that think GPUs and twin GPU set ups are on the cards. In fact, anything up to 330mm will fit in just fine.
As the case is pretty symmetrical it isn't immediately obvious that we've turned it around to look at the reverse side. With the Motherboard situated horizontally and the PSU below the tray, there's no need for a traditional cable management area back here. In fact, aside from the 2x2.5" drive bay there's not a great deal back here to talk about.