XigmaTek GIGAS review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 04/17/2012 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
You slide in and secure the HDD with supplied screws. The HDDs are protected by a rubber ring again preventing resonating noises and vibration. Simple yet effective.
The photo is a bit dark, but here all cages have been removed and you look towards the bottom of the device.
Up to the front side we spot two 120mm fans, they are rated at 800rpm and come with 3pin connections. The chassis definitely has plenty of cooling, however we are missing dust filters here though. With so many meshes and all that airflow, dust will be inbound over time.
At the backside another two fans are seated, again 120mm each, these are rated at 1000 RPM and again have three-pin connections.
I placed a mockup mATX motherboard inside the chassis so you have an idea of how that looks. Bare in mind that the chassis floor of the case is the motherboard tray so there's no rear access or cable routing options. It would have been nice to see at least a little effort from Ximatek's side to see some sort of cable tie mounts or something similar inside the chassis.
CPU coolers then, you can mount fairly big ones as they may be 160mm in height. So you should be more then able to mount a nice heatpipe-based cooler in there.
And there you have it. We fooled around with the chassis for a while and it really is a quality chassis in many ways. Not everything is perfect as there are minor subtleties to be found, but overall again... impressive.
SSF / MicroATX cases are typically smaller than typical ATX towers. This means that although the same standard hardware is supported, it is supported in lower quantities. Typically these boxes are used as a suitable HTPC home (home-theater personal computer), but with the looks the GIGAS offers, it would make a great gaming system as well as even lengthy graphics cards, ( up-to 320mm (12.5 inches) can be installed.