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Xigmatek Aquila White Steel Micro-ATX Cube Chassis  CCD-14AWW-U01
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs pretty spacious but.. 10/28/2015

This review is from: Xigmatek Aquila White Steel Micro-ATX Cube Chassis CCD-14AWW-U01

Pros: pretty spacious for a cube
decent airflow by default
plenty of space to mount fans to improve airlfow.
can do ok cable management

Cons: - no molex converters for fans - see other thoughts
- difficult to remove drive bays - screws are under the "feet" so you have to take off the entire foot thing to remove them. if they moved the screw like 20mm either direction it would have been much nicer.
- tight psu fit
- what I assume was SSD bay did not fit SSDs and was too small for standard HDD.

Other Thoughts: no molex converters for fans - typically it's ok and I assume they didn't include them since it's "micro-atx" and most of these boards have more than 2 headers. I put a mini itx board in here, only 2 fan headers, one for cpu and one chassi fan. Luckily I had some from another case so I could plug in the exhaust fan and a top exhaust. It was troublesome but not the reason for minus egg.

- the location of screws to remove the "SSD" looking drive bay was the primary reason for -1 egg. it was really frustrating to find out after an SSD wouldn't even fit there, that to remove it I have to disassemble almost the entire case to remove this box of metal.

- if you get this and have standard full length PSU, make sure you plug in all of your cables to your modular PSU before you mount it, there is not enough room to plug them in after you do due to the location of standard HDD mounting bay.

- for the price I wasn't expecting much so even though I wasn't really happy building with it, I can't complain or knock it too much for these things. Really it could have been designed a bit better and made it much easier to build with.

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Series PH-ES614L_WT White Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs thought I had nice cases before... 10/28/2015

This review is from: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Series PH-ES614L_WT White Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: great build quality
easy to build with/inside
tons of prepackaged cable management (velcro straps behind mobo tray)
removable hdd bays & cd-drive bays
fancy lighting
nearly silent built in fans
so much liquid cooling support
it's beautiful

Cons: only issue I had was:
if you want a 420mm radiator on top you -must- put radiator inside case (not on top where the black mesh is). 360mm probably you could have it on top and fans below for a push-out configuration. In this case you may be able to get away with a push from below, but really it's a tight fit with the exhaust fan and you have to manage tubing around these fans.
this is really more of a minor inconvenience than a 'con' so no eggs deducted.

Other Thoughts: If you want a 420mm on top it will fit even with 3 5.25" drive bays filled, provided you only have "pull" fans. Probably can use the lower 2 bays and have push/pull if necessary.

this is the nicest case I've worked with. I'm in love.

Phanteks PH-F140MP 140 mm PWM, High Static Pressure Radiator Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: very quiet, running them at 1200 rpm and they are barely audible from my chair.
pwm controllable
black/white color scheme

Cons: i have no problems

Other Thoughts: some of the nicest fans I've bought.


Michael K.'s Profile

Display Name: Michael K.

Date Joined: 06/25/08

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  • First Review: 06/30/15
  • Last Review: 10/28/15
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