Xigmatek Prospect ATX Chassis Review: Page 6 of 6
Posted by ProClockers Hardware Reviews on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:00am
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The Xigmatek Prospect ATX chassis offers the exquisite view of looking through tempered glass panels. While its compact ATX form factor poses challenges in installing hardware inside, it can still house a mighty gaming-workstation high-end desktop platform-based system with all the glamorous RGB lighting and effects.
Aesthetics and Functions
Without a doubt, the Xigmatek Prospect with its smoked tempered glass side panels offers the best view of hardware installed inside compared to acrylic windowed panels. The two solar eclipse LED fans installed are also nice additions already unless you prefer other brand’s RGB fan offerings. While it doesn’t include a type-C port on the front panel, the two USB 3.0 front panel ports should be enough to give you the high-speed accessible connectivity you need with a variety of devices today.
Layout and Hardware Support
The Xigmatek Prospect isn’t an average chassis with the typical layout. The length and size limitations are significant points to consider in building a system with the case. There are a few sacrifices you can do to maximize support for a certain hardware as illustrated by our build. Still, it is able to house a HEDT platform with a 240mm AIO cooler is impressive considering its compact size. You could even go higher with a small-form-factor GTX 1080/1080Ti graphics card easily with the case. As for the SFX 450W PSU, turns out it can easily power the mighty 10-core, 20-thread i9-7800X with ease with the entire system pulling around 350watts at peak. We were able to write this review, play Fortnite and other games, edit images and run benchmarks with ease.
As for temperatures, the i9-7900X averages around 37C at idle and reaches up to 55C with gaming and other heavy applications like Adobe PhotoShop, with a room temperature of 28C. VRM is quite toasty at 52C but that’s already aided with the GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9’s beefy VRM heat sink design that has a single copper heat pipe extending near the rear I/O ports with another heat sink module. The PCH is also toasty at 54C with it controlling the BPX NVMe PCIe SSD installed. The PCH module would be cooler if the PCIe slots are less populated. Our GTX 1060 card could reach temperatures of 55C-60C depending on what’s running but the case seems to provide sufficient airflow for it not to reach critical temperatures. Well, the GeForce GTX 1060 isn’t a power hungry GPU anyway. Could be a different case if we have a GTX 1080/1080Ti installed.
The Xigmatek Prospect chassis has an MSRP of $59.99 USD but prices vary depending on region and availability. This has got to be one of the best value tempered glass chassis that supports up to ATX motherboards. If you like the luxurious look and feel of tempered glass panels without the hefty price tag, the Xigmatek Prospect would be your ideal chassis.
- Smoke Tempered Glass Panels
- Flexible Hardware Support
- Affordable Price Point
- Hardware Installation Difficulty
Graphics Card Width Limitation of 130mm