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Xigmatek Aquila SFF Chassis Review (Page 2)

By: Chad Sebring from Feb 21, 2014 @ 8:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 72%Manufacturer: Xigmatek

Specifications, Availability and Pricing


The Aquila SFF chassis has two color options, one is black, and the other is the flat white that we received as our sample. The chassis is made of steel, with plastic comprising the front bezel, the top and bottom bars, and also the tool-free features inside the chassis. In total, this chassis stands 403mm tall, is 265mm in width, and is 390mm from front to back. Aesthetically, the Aquila offers the front made almost entirely of mesh, but the sides are plastic to solidify the structure, and carry the lines for the wide plastic bars at the top and bottom of the chassis that run from front to back.

The top matches the front, with a large mesh cover with options for various cooling under the removable mesh cover. The left side offers a good sized tinted window to view inside of the chassis, while the right side panel is flat, and like all of the steel pieces, it has been painted in a matte or flat white paint. Around the back of the chassis, the PSU is at the bottom, and there are four expansion slots available for use.

Inside there is a lot going on as well. The front of the chassis can house a 120mm, 140mm, or 20mm fan, and above it is a removable 5.25" bay that will also allow for a drive to be hung from the bottom of it. In the middle is a shelf with two walls, and this shelf is the motherboard tray that will house either a Mini-ITX or Micro-ATX motherboard. The right section of that tray and the second wall are both removable, but that also will be removing the pair of trays that allow both 3.5" and 2.5" drives to mount in them and slide into this frame as the rack.

Directly under the motherboard, you find room for the PSU, and a smaller removable cage to contain two 2.5" drives, leaving the rest of the floor for wiring or water cooling components. The rear of the chassis is the only place with a provided fan, a 120mm one, but the top will also allow for pairs of 120mm or 140mm fans, and if done right, you could hang a radiator here.

With the release of this Aquila being almost four months ago now, we would have assumed to see them more readily available, but that does not seem to be the case at all. We did find one link on the other side of the pond with a listing around £90, and doing the basic conversion into U.S. dollars, you are better off not knowing what that converts to, as it will likely make you spew the coffee you are currently drinking.

Considering the originator to this concept can be had for less than $80 just about anywhere, on a monetary level, things are not looking so good for Xigmatek right now. If they come to the states at a dollar for dollar conversion, then this chassis may have a leg to stand on, but even this far into the marketing, no concrete pricing has been released.

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