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Xigmatek Soundwave-A Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 1:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: XIGMATEK

Inside the Soundwave-A

 

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Panels off, we get a great view of the interior and the basic layout. The wiring is tended and lays against the bays in shipping, and as to the paperwork and hardware, they get strapped right to the optical bay cage.

 

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Sticking to the old school way of tool-free locks on ODD bays, these plastic twist locks are what is offered here on this side. In the back of the chassis, you will need screws if you want to secure it there as well.

 

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Below the ODD bays we see a section for storage drives, and we realize the specifications chart is backwards. There is room for three 2.5" drives, and the left side of that cage is removable. The lower section looks to take four 3.5" drives, three with the tool-free clips, and you could use the holes in the floor as well.

 

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The motherboard tray offers a large access hole, offers a few strategically placed tie points, and offers six wire management holes, although none of them have grommets.

 

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The floor of the chassis offers ventilation under where the PSU is to rest on the tiny foam pads attached to it. In front of that there is just solid steel, no optional fan location to mess with the PSU length or wiring.

 

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Inside of the rear of the Soundwave-A, we find the only fan sent in this chassis. Strangely enough, this fan is powered with a Molex lead but also has a 3-pin tail on it as well. It is also easy to see that the expansion cards get mounted externally, and they provide you with Hex head screws for that.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, off to the left there is just a bit of room for excess wiring, and of course where the storage drives go, the wiring is also easy to manage. Behind the motherboard itself, though, the tray is only a few mm inside of the case, so anything you run here needs to fit in that bump in the door.

 

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Something to keep in mind is that the front bezel is wired permanently to the chassis. This is also where we noticed that you need this off to fully mount storage drives, and if you do add fans when the bezel is back on the chassis, there is maybe 6mm of space between the fans and the bezel.

 

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The other end of the wiring from the front I/O panel is what we have here. It is nice to see at least it is black, and along with the button and LED wiring, we get the HD Audio, a single USB 2.0 and native USB 3.0 connections to make to the motherboard.

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