Xigmatek Aquila Review

The Build

Xigmatek Aquila Review

The Build

The instructions for the Aquila are scant in the extreme, so much so that the person who wrote them appears to have gotten bored and just stopped 5/6ths of the way through, leaving one of the fold out panels blank.  The online version, accessed through Xigmateks website is not additionally illuminating.  To add insult to injury, Xigmatek are also protagonists of the big "bag-o-screws" approach to accessories, and have for some strange reason included cable ties for use in a case that has no discernible cable tie points.

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We've opted to mount an M-ATX board as its proportions better befit the case interior.  With the M-ATX board only slightly overhanging the HDD rack we can't help but think that a single, vertically oriented HDD bay would have sufficed, leaving ample room for front mounted rads without the need to sacrifice the HDD option entirely.  As always we've lobbed in out trusty antique 8800GT card, but as previously mentioned the Aquila will take GPUs up to 330mm in length.

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We haven't however been able to use our usual Cooler Master V1000 PSU as it's simply too long to fit into the space provided.  Instead we've selected another Cooler Master PSU, the B600.  At just 140mm long the B600 fits just fine and although not a modular PSU, there's plenty of space available behind it in the Aquila for cables to be turned round towards their respective destinations.

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Turning the case around to look at the reverse side and with all the hardware in we begin to get a sense of just how much unused space there is inside the Aquila.  In some ways this is good though as it will hopefully allow for greater water cooling options.  We're still optimistic about getting a 240mm rad up in the roof.  

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Most Recent Comments

03-11-2014, 15:15:05

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, 17:06:26

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, 14:01:23

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, 21:52:28

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

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