Thermaltake Aguila Case Review

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Features

All of these options and features make for a very nice desktop midtower. The front of the case houses five (5) 5-¼ bays on top and one on the bottom. Also right beside the front fan there is another that is vertical on the left. The power/reset panel can be switched out for another external 3-½ bay. The entire mesh screen is backed with a foam dust filter, which is one of the better features I have seen in a case in a while.

The swinging door on the front is very thick and sturdy, and protrudes from the actual front of the case by about 4 inches on the bottom, allowing for plenty of air to be drawn through the case front. Both the door and the Face of the case are removable, making the bay covers easily accessable. Thermaltake redesigned the screw-less snap in hardware where they actually snap on to your drives instead of you having to hold them on while being installed.

Looking at the case side side, the window is attached with the usual plastic rivets, along with the mesh screen in the fan cutout in the side. The bottom of the inside is riddled with holes, which are used to mount the water pump from the Bigwater kits.

There are alot of hardware features, and Thermaltake still manages to make them screw-less and allow easy access mounts for CD/DVD drives. The internal HDD mount is a screw type with dampeners in the mounts to reduce vibration. The position of the HDD mount is perfect, being right behind the front 120mm intake fan. This will be enough to keep the HDDs cool, which should prolong drive life.

This particular HDD mounts the hard drives in reverse fasion with the cables on the opposite side of the case (where they cannot be seen). This is not a case to cram 4000 bucks worth of parts in and expect it to look neat.

The bay on the bottom front is an excellent place to hide extra cables and excess cables, and the space between the ROM cage and the motherboard tray is wide enough to place wires and cables out of site also. The motherboard tray is offset from the ROM tray by about ¾ of an inch.

On the top of the case you have the usual flip open USB, firewire, and headphone/mic connections. The connection cables are almost three (3) feet long allowing for a little more mobility in the installation of all the connectors. I still believe that these would be best placed at the bottom side or in the front across the bottom, instead of in the way of all activity that will be going on with the power supply in that area already. A cooling fan would be better suitable in this area.

The cooling fans used on this case are suitable for positive airflow thought the case. One blowing across the hard drives, and the other pushing air out the back. This extra airflow should keep new air flowing across the motherboard, which should help users with air cooling. The fans used are the normal Thermaltake fans pushing about 40 CFM each. The front fan is clear blue LEDs fan, and the rear is the non-LED version.

The option that makes this a box case also is the back panels. Both of which are removable so you can rearrange them to support the BTX style. This does however make it easier to install the motherboard components with them removed just remember to put in the motherboard I/O plate before you reinstall the panels.