Summary: The optical bay mount points are simultaneously amazing and a huge let down. They work on some sort of lever mechanism, which automatically locks itself in place when you insert the drive. It works amazingly. Except that lever is only on the left (main) side of the drive. There is nothing to secure the drive on the right side. Nothing. At. All. Not even screw holes. Just metal. If I push hard enough on the right side of my optical drive, it depress into the case.
Pros: Very spacious to work in. Hard drive mounting appears solid, even without screws. The overall design is very pleasing, and the case is quite light. There are plenty of spots for fan mounts if you need them, but the included 200mm/120mm provide good stock ventilation.
Pros: Very large for a mid-tower, good fan placement options, good packaging retail box, not to goofy looking, you can turn the blue LED fan light off, reasonably well made.
Cons: 200mm upper exhaust fan was noisy from the first use, see details on a fix below. It was an manufacturing error, and I suspect not an uncommon one given the number of results online for noisy Antec 1100 200mm fan. Mine was perfectly fixable.
Pros: Newegg shipped this case almost next day! There is so much about this case and its WOW factor I really should wait until I am more awake to write this, however I have already procrastinated this long if I do not do now I will not do it at all, so here it goes. The case is Huge and well organized, big space behind the motherboard for cable management and a fan to blow on the backside of the CPU area, there are rubber grommet areas all around the motherboard area to thr...
Cons: Small con, the plastic nubs that hold the side window fans are easily broken, be careful when mounting the side fans. I broke one when switching fans, even if your break both for each fan the two screws on each fan will hold it firmly in place, it is just something to be careful of.
Summary: -Ordered Antec fans for up front, and they touch the air filter and rub against it, meaning I can't use the air filter. Bummer. 1-2mm of extra room would have made the difference.
Pros: What a great case. Moved up from an Antec nine hundred, which I have built over a dozen computers with. Lots of room for everything I have. I'm running 3 3.5" HDs, and 1 SSD. One thing I didn't see anywhere in the description is that this hat spots for 2 SSDs up front, above the 6 HD bays. No brackets required. I love the cable routing around back of the motherboard, just wish they had made the channel behind the motherboard a tiny bit wider for extra cable room.
Cons: Just a few annoyances in comparison to the nine hundred:
Summary: The second is the back fan doesnt have a blue LED. It would be nice if it did but your not going to see it anyways and the top 240mm fan makes up for it. At night i can see the back fan going on the wall. Looks nice.
Pros: I was originally going to get the antec 300...then the 900 and ended up settling on the 1100. Its only about 2 inches taller/longer than a midsize tower which is a great option for someone who still wants the room but not a massive tower taking up alot of space.
Cons: Not really cons but it is missing two fans in the front. But honestly allowing you to put up to 7 more fans makes up for it. Plus most people will buy extra fans that will do a better job than the stock ones anyways. If you got the money to build a nice rig then its worth it to put some quiet fans with good airflow.