[Short Preview] Thermaltake Aguila
Posted 10 November 2006 - 12:12 PM
I haven't had a chance to open the box until this morning because my new Core 2 Duo laptop came on the same day, and I was pretty busy playing around with it yesterday evening. Well, after what's need to be done (Like uninstalling McAfee on the Dell Inspiron 6400) I went down to the basement and took out this PC case. The Thermaltake Aguila is now in my hands
Computer is not fully assembled yet; just partially as I slapped a few parts inside to see if everything is still working properly. Inside the case: Core 2 Duo E6300, abit AB9-Pro, Tagan Turbojet series 1100W PSU, and all the fans and such that came with the case.
Installing the power supply wasn't hard -- but the other side of the case panel has to be removed because a supporter beam needs to be placed underneath the PSU. But anyway, after a quick slide of my rather large (Both physically and wattage rating) Tagan 1100W PSU (Soon to be reviewed by the way) and installing the beam, it was not that hard. The only bad thing I can say right now is the frame surrounding the PSU area at the back is very sharp, and gave one of my fingers a pretty deep cut during installation. (To give you a picture, blood was actually dripping out )
The motherboard backplate is labeled with which hole is for what kind of motherboard; in general is was labeled nicely with one hole on ATX mislabeled. Everything went on fine, nothing too much to talk about in a preview just yet
Add on cards are tool free installation. I'll get to the rest later. I gave it a quick run and the case seems to be reasonably quiet so far.
Onto the physical aspects, it holds Thermaltake's 2 door design -- the front panel and the second one for drive installations as well as access to the fan. The second inner door can be locked along with the window panel. The front door cannot be locked and it's not held together that tightly.
Build quality is very good aside from the sharp edge at the back and the top seems to be fairly 'soft' and bulges a bit under pressure. The case itself is fairly light though, although not the featherweight kind of light as we've seen in the Tt Matrix VX we reviewed a few months back.
There's no direct front USB ports as they are on the top of the case through a press to unlock flip door. Opening the door reveals 2 USB ports, one firewire, headphone and mic jack.
Unique plastic feet is at the bottom and utilizes Thermaltake's mesh design. Probably pretty good at collecting dust like the Tt Matrix VX -- but overall the outlook of this case looks very well. Full review soon
Posted 10 November 2006 - 02:21 PM
On the other hand, the front panel should be reversible to be opened on the other side.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 02:39 PM
Posted 10 November 2006 - 04:50 PM
Rofl, I just read that white note.
Edited by APH-Alex, 10 November 2006 - 05:11 PM.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 05:18 PM
Nice case though I'm quite partial to E-ATX myself. I like the extra room.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 05:23 PM
Yeah well I got like 2 things in there, just slapped in a PSU and it's not connected to anything.
Holy lack-of-cable-management Batman!
Posted 10 November 2006 - 05:58 PM
Posted 10 November 2006 - 06:05 PM
The Tagan uses quite a bit of power though. Core 2 Duo/abit AB9-Pro/2 fans (1 led) and thats 113W already. My laptop goes around 50W under load.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 06:15 PM
Quad core CPU,
Dual 8800GTX + PhysX card,
3TB RAID-5 SATA II HDD's,
DVD Reader & DVD Burner (minimum 2),
1 Killowatt PSU (or OCZ 700W if it can handle it),
iRAM (4gb) for OS HDD,
Lots more blue LED's (and no more fires),
+ something else I cannot remember...
... Total Cost... Almost the same as my car... (O_o)...
Edited by HopkinsProgramming, 10 November 2006 - 06:18 PM.
Posted 10 November 2006 - 07:43 PM
The review is going to be done soon I hope
Posted 10 November 2006 - 09:45 PM
Yep it will be up very shortly (Actually in a few weeks after my Tagan PSU review haha)
Nice, Thermaltakes cases are really something to look at. Very elegant.
The review is going to be done soon I hope
Beautiful case imo... Tt has really gotten their acts together lately. Coolermaster haven't designed anything too 1337 after the Coolermaster Wavemaster.
Posted 11 November 2006 - 07:14 AM
Posted 11 November 2006 - 07:35 AM
I thought all motherboards do?
Hey chc, does the motherboard come with a 4 pin cpu fan connector?
Posted 11 November 2006 - 07:37 AM
Btw that intel cooler aint that bad, its soo quiet. mines running at 900rpm
Posted 11 November 2006 - 08:01 AM
Posted 11 November 2006 - 08:04 AM
lol if it's not there, have fun installing a stock heatsink
Posted 11 November 2006 - 08:35 AM
Edited by Modem_Noob, 11 November 2006 - 08:41 AM.