Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
You may or may not have seen the original Spirit chassis from Xigmatek, and we are sorry to say that we did not receive one for review. The original Xigmatek Spirit chassis was a stealthy looking mid-tower chassis, and for its time, it was very well-appointed, and offered plenty of room for all of your gear. However, something must have prompted Xigmatek to have another go at this design, because that is exactly what they have done. Xigamatek's second attempt at the Spirit keeps some of the styling from the original to make it easily recognizable, but the new design aims to be more compact.
Usually, when you think of a compact chassis design, you also think of goofy internal arrangements of the gear, but you will not find this in the new Spirit chassis. Of course, some of the original offerings had to be lessened in order to fit everything into this smaller version, but don't let your mind wander to what Xigmatek may have missed, as they did a very good job with this newer design considering the spatial constraints.
The chassis we are reviewing today is the Xigmatek Spirit M mini-tower chassis. This chassis keeps most of the stealthy appearance of its predecessor, but changes it up just enough to make it stand on its own. While the newer design is more limited in space, you may be shocked at just what can fit in this chassis alongside a Micro-ATX based system. Even if you are not in the market for a smaller tower, this may be enough chassis to inspire your next build. The Spirit M is very appealing to the eye, and offers enough room for the basic gear, and a bit extra.
On the list of specifications that Xigmatek provides on their website, we see that the Spirit M is made of SECC steel that has been painted inside and out with black paint. There are also bits of black ABS plastic that match the black painted steel of the chassis. In this design, we have a single 5.25" bay, two 3.5" bays that also work for 2.5" drives, and another location on the motherboard tray to hold either a single 3.5" drive, or a pair of 2.5" drives. At the back of the chassis, we find four expansion slots with knock out covers. We also see the chassis will accommodate either Micro-ATX or ITX motherboards.
In this chassis, cooling is dealt with right out of the box by a single 120mm fan in the front of the chassis. Along with that fan location, there is another location in the front of the chassis for a second fan; there is even room for a thin radiator and fans for an AIO. At the top of the chassis there is also room for a pair of either 120mm or 140mm fans. There is also potential for a second AIO in this location. The back of the chassis has room for a 120mm fan, but the chart shows the fan should have been in the rear, rather than in the front as ours arrived.
The pricing is also right where we would expect for a chassis like this. No matter where you want to shop, the only real differentiation in price comes from shipping charges. With everyone asking $39.99 for this chassis, it makes your choice of retailer much simpler, and there is no way to deny the affordability of the Spirit M. This chassis is so widely available that not only can you order it online, but you can also pick one up at several brick and mortar locations. This early in the game, it is hard to have a definite opinion on this chassis, but with everything offered, and such a low price tag off, things are looking good for Xigmatek and the Spirit M mini-tower chassis.
PRICING: You can find the Xigmatek Spirit M for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Xigmatek Spirit M retails for $39.99 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Xigmatek Spirit M Mini-Tower Chassis]
- Page 4 [Inside the Spirit M]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Case Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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