Originally Posted by kevin_tsoi2000
No personal experience, but from what I hear people love it. Almost dead quiet and elegant looks as well. I would go for it.
there's a misconception going around in regards to this case and how quiet your computing will be. like i mentioned in the thread
that was linked earlier, you still need to pick certain parts for it to be quiet. now without regurgitating
what i've already said in the other thread i'll try and list what i think some pros and cons are for the case.
- they seperate the PSU from the mainboard to help reduce the heat.
- 4 spots for 120mm fans. 1 in the front, 1 behind the lower HD cage in front of the PSU, one in the rear at the standard exhaust position and one close to that at the top.
- 2 HD enclosures
- front door warps on older models. you can easily get this replaced through Antec by faxing/emailing them your receipt.
- cable managment can be a problem if you don't invest time in it. depending on the PSU, you might have to get cable extensions. i have one cable extension for the 4 pin motherboard, but that's only because i routed my cables around the motherboard to help with airflow and keeping it neat.
now to comment to some of Burn's observations...
Originally Posted by Burn
I have it too...
Not such a good review from me. The side panel's clips are plastic, meaning they broke off the first week I had it. Oh, and one of the 3-speed fans makes an awful clicking noise right now, so I need to get that replaced.
I see where they were going on the design, but they could've:
- Made the PSU mounting area longer so you could actually fit the 120mm fan in there without hitting the wires
- Made the entire side panel out of aluminum
- Make quality fans that don't fail after the first 2 months of use.
the sides are made out of plastic. i wish they weren't, but mine haven't broke even with me constantly taking my panels on and off when i reseat my HSF or tidy up the cables after adding components.
not a big fan of those stock fans myself. i replaced them really quickly with 3 Panaflows
and 1 Nexus
that's in front of the PSU.
i had no problems fitting the Nexus fan in front of the PSU. granted the Seasonic S12
(sleeved version)is not very long, but i also had an Antec SP2.0 500w
(modular cables/sleeved)before that and i didn't have problems with cables in there.
if you plan on using the top HD enclosure behind the front intake fan spot, i recommend you to use 120x25mm fans. when i have my Panaflow there, i wasn't able to use the HD enclosure because it was rather wide (120x38mm).
so in closing i do like the case, but i wish there were tweaks to it. whichever case you pick, good luck on your choice and do a lot of research so you're not disapointed in your purchase.