Xigmatek Prospect ATX Chassis Review: Page 5 of 6

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Posted by ProClockers Hardware Reviews on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:00am

Build and Installation

Like I mentioned earlier, we will push the limitations of this compact ATX case and build the best possible enthusiast-gaming system with the Xigmatek Prospect chassis. We will have two different configurations, one build that maximizes graphics card support and one that maximizes PSU support.

Maximum PSU Support Build

  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9
  • Processor: Intel i9-7900X
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz (4x8GB) Kit
  • Graphics Card: Palit GTX 660 Ti
  • Drive: MyDigitalSSD BPX 240GB NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Power Supply: be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W with CableMod Sleeved Cable Kit
  • Cooling: Xigmatek Scylla 240
  • Radiator Fans: Noctua NF-A12x15 PWM (slim-type 15mm fan)

Maximum Graphics Card Support Build

  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9
  • Processor: Intel i9-7900X
  • Memory: Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz (4x8GB) Kit
  • Graphics Card: MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G
  • Drive: MyDigitalSSD BPX 240GB NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Power Supply: SilverStone ST45SF-G 450W SFX PSU with SilverStone PP05-L Flat Black Cable Kit
  • Cooling: Xigmatek Scylla 240
  • Radiator Fans: Noctua NF-A12x15 PWM (slim-type 15mm fan)

 

The layout will get your PSU meet the end of the graphics card particularly when it is long. While you can find ‘mini’ versions of high-end graphics cards today like the GIGABYTE GTX 1080 Mini-ITX 8G, full-sized graphics cards still offer higher factory overclocks and better overclocking headroom with its beefier coolers. Also, the product page doesn’t mention anything about graphics card width limitations but I found out that any card with widths longer than 130mm could have a hard time fitting. The MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X cards, in particular, have widths of 140mm which did require minor case modding to make it fit. That will be featured in the maximum graphics card support build later on this review.

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Mounting the power supply is fairly easy and even if the be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850w exceeds the recommended PSU size, it can still be installed. You just need to manage the PSU cables in a tighter space. The disadvantage of using a longer PSU would be blocking most of the airflow from the front intake fans which will affect the cooling inside the chassis. If you prefer a cooler interior, use a smaller power supply. Hence, this would depend on the kind of room temperature you are operating your computer on.

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With an ATX power supply installed, you would have around 260mm of space for your graphics card. Also, take note of the 130mm graphics card width limitation I mentioned earlier, that would really be significant if your PCIe power cables are thick and tough which would likely hit the tempered glass panel.

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One impressive feat about the Xigmatek Prospect was how it was able to support a 240mm AIO cooler, which in this case is the Xigmatek Scylla 240 AIO cooler. The radiator might come in contact with the PSU extension cable which I had to loosen a bit to give it more room to fit in nicely. Also, standard 25mm thick cooling fans will not fit along with the radiator on the front drive bay area. To solve this problem, we used 15mm slim-type 120mm fans courtesy of the Noctua NF-A12x15 PWM fans. Since it needed smaller screws as well, we just fastened it up with cable ties.

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Thanks to the CableMod Sleeved Kit, cabling was much easier compared to using the be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10’s stock cables which are stiff and thick.

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We can barely route cables are the rear of the Xigmatek Prospect which was limited to thin cables. The 8-pin ATX and the PSU extension cable was routed at the rear of the case.

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Now with the graphics card maximum support build. Using a small-form-factor power supply will offer you a longer space for your graphics card. With this, we were able to fit the MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G graphics card. Will the 450W PSU be enough to power an Intel X299 board with a mighty 10-core Intel Core i9-7900X? Let’s find out later.

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While most of the cables are routed in front which is quite visible, the black flat cables of the SilverStone PSU blends well with the smoke tempered glass panels in place. When you have RGB lighting in place, it really highlights the lighting and effects and less of the cables and other hardware inside.

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