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Xigmatek Soundwave-A Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 3)

By Chad Sebring from Oct 20, 2015 @ 20:15 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: XIGMATEK

Xigmatek Soundwave-A Mid-Tower Chassis

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The front bezel is mostly flat from the front I/O panel at the top, across the bay covers, and down past the Xigmatek name we see the rest of the front is solid as well. There is an angle cut in around the majority of the center section, but this is just styling not a place for air flow.

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Moving in much closer, we can see the front I/O panel offers a USB 3.0 port, the HD Audio jacks, and then a USB 2.0 port. With a bit of a gap, we then find the red HDD activity LED, the blue power LED, and the reset and power buttons.

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As we stated earlier, the top of this chassis is solid. The only thing breaking this up is the line where the front bezel meets the steel top.

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The left side has a bit to discuss. At the left on the raised section of the door panel, we see the location of the optional 120mm fans. On the side of the front bezel, down near the bottom, this is the intake ventilation for this chassis.

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The aft of this chassis starts with the rear I/O a couple of water cooling knock-outs, and the rear 120mm exhaust fan covering the top. In the middle are the externally secured seven expansion slots with breakaway covers. This leaves the bottom for the PSU.

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The right side of the Soundwave-A offers a bumped out panel that affords all of the wire management room behind the motherboard tray. There is no ventilation on the side panel, but there are the slotted vents on this side of the bezel.

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Under this chassis we find the plastic feet do have textured rubber pads on them, and at the rear is a plastic dust filter for the PSU. Between the feet at the front, there are screw holes that appear to be for an HDD, but there is a rack right above it that does not come out.

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