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Xigmatek Aquila SFF Chassis Review - Final Thoughts

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 21, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 72%Manufacturer: Xigmatek

Final Thoughts


While I really do get the idea and concepts that went into making the Aquila, we just aren't convinced that this is a superior design, or maybe not even equal to the chassis that lead the push to design the Aquila in the first place. We liked the angled nature of the chassis, we even like the bars, and having this one design allow for Mini-ITX or a Micro-ATX motherboard was a great idea, but it all seems rushed and not thought out all that well. Typically, I can look past some oddities that affected only my particular build choices, but what we found in the Aquila was almost disappointing.


The fact that if you don't plan far in advance, you may have to remove the feet two or three times during a build process, is just a bit insane. And, to take it a step further, you have to tilt the PC to the back every time you want to clean the dust filter for the PSU, because even that is blocked from easy removal by the legs. They could easily change the screw locations of the extra motherboard plate, and use some other way to make it so that the 2.5" drive rack only needs the two screws you can access to remove the bay. Then, to send out a chassis in which the power switch wiring is obviously blocking its use is laughable.


I mean, someone along the lines had to have tried a build in this chassis before these went into full production; didn't they? Things like the lack of ability to wire a "normal" PSU in the area provided could also be remedied with an extension for the PSU. Even cutting the holes a bit differently in the steel, or anything else to allow builders the chance to power a dual card system and make the beast of a PC that this chassis was intended for when Xigmatek designed it would have been beneficial. It just falls short on many levels.


While we were able to do quite a bit with the Aquila, I don't think this is any sort of Prodigy killer. Since we now know that the Prodigy has been adapted in new versions to also allow Micro-ATX motherboards, to me, you really have to hate the looks of the Prodigy to opt for the Aquila instead. What started off with such high hopes has sort of fizzled, and unless you can find this chassis for under $50 somewhere, I would stick with BitFenix on this general design.



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