Summary: I'm happy with the case, the pros do outweight the monstrous set up difficulties, and there really is no con in terms of functionality. Those 5 hours cussing and smoke breaks, really left their mark on me.
Pros: Very large, didn't expect it from price Sleek and simple, just how I like it Easy to remove side panel Allocated space for wires For basic rigs, the two fans built in will do nicely excellent ventilation
Cons: Assembling in this behemoth was a nightmare Everything just coming up too short, or the case design wouldn't allow me to extend a wire just enough, or the wire length used to run it through the allocated space made it near impossible to get this thing assembled, I know it has to do with my parts but even my SSD won't fit into the designated port and is currently laying at the bottom of the case like a piece of trash. Also, how do you make a HD mount, and SSD mount, Th...
Summary: Lot of case for the money, it isn't quiet and that isn't it's purpose, but it runs really cool by nature. Some fan lead extensions and/or splitters may be in order. It's roomy and air flows well, it's slightly cheap feeling by the standards of a guy that got his start on old Unisys servers and Supermicro full towers in the 90's, but it has a ton of really cool features an little details, I'm happy for the money.
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: cost,cost,cost....this case incorporates features you will find in 300 dollar cases for only a smidge more than the 900. the fan controller on the back CAN be used as a hub if you desire and airflow options are endless fits everything like a breeze. (granted most fan points are optional) the area behind the board was plenty to wire the case well. and one should appreciate its subtle style over the aggressive 900 and 1200...this is the adults 1200. hardware and HDD bay...
Cons: my 4 star rating is only indicative of two things one is the fan controller/hub requires a molex...my system runs no molex plugs if your reading this antec make it grab power off the board =P and secondly there are a few features you wont get but at this price point who cares? (dual PSU GPU supports, and dedicated radiator hard points.
Summary: I have built dozens of PCs over the past 10 years and my first choice of a case has always been Antec. Unfortunately, with this case, their quality isn't exactly where it used to be although this case does have all the features one would expect from a $100 case. In they opted for a pair of 140MM fans rather than the single 200MM fan in the top panel, this case would be a home run for the price. I have no qualms about using this case again in future builds.
Pros: I like that this case is mostly tool-less and very roomy. there is a lot of room for cable management with the grommet lined holes in the motherboard tray and huge amount of space behind the motherboard tray. Case has a nice, understated design. There are filters for the front and PSU intake fans which helps minimize dust intake. When you have a system that doubles as a space heater, you need all the filtration you can get.
Cons: The back of the case flexes a little bit when installing the motherboard IO shield. It seems that they used a lighter gauge steel than previous cases as this case is lighter than what you would expect a case this size to be. Not too crazy about the plastic HDD bays. No filters for the side panel fans. No room for a 240MM radiator.
Summary: Only other downside is that there are just 3 external 5.25" bays (it is a mid-tower after all) and the dedicated SSD drive bay leaves my SSD touching the side panel (wish they would have sunk those bays just another half inch). All-in-all, good case and worth the money.
Pros: Tons of space for a mid-tower. Love the extended back panel behind the mobo for added cable management (and a fan if you want). Great air flow. Rear exhaust fan is very quiet.
Cons: Only con is that the top fan is LOUD. Not loud as in it pushes a lot of air, loud as in it rattles and clicks like crazy. I disconnected it from the case fan control and it is going through a controller where even at 40% it still ticks like crazy. I've just left it off until the new one arrives (spent $22 for a replacement 200mm Antec Big Boy and not messing with an RMA because it will most likely take too long).
Pros: 1) Lots of room for components, even with an X59, X79, or some other extra large motherboard, as well as those super long video cards 2) Lots of room for cable management behind the right side of the case 3) Lots of room for just about whatever else I can't think of right now.
Cons: 1) Tabs that hold the front 5.25" covers to the front cover snap easily. Be careful! 2) As another reviewer said, the tabs that hold the side fans inside the case can also snap easily. 3) Because it's so dang huge, your power supply cables may not be long enough (particularly the ATX or EPS +12V cable to the motherboard). 4) Lots of fans makes this thing loud. 5) No 3.5" bay or bay conversion plate for things like card readers and whatnot (unlike the old Nine Hundred ...
Summary: I would buy the case again. However. I will go get clear silicone caulk and some screen from Home Depot or Lowes and make some "filters" to limit the dust intake into the system. Hate having to clean the things out and dont' want to heat up my new Core I7 LGA2011 processor.
Pros: Easy case to build. Lot's of room. Good design overall.
Cons: 200 mm fan on top makes noise. Think the bearing isn't good. I can put my finger on the center hub with a little pressure and it goes away. (will see about getting a better one from Antec) I have a Corsair H80I installed on back fan mount. I thought I could use that fan elsewhere. it has about a 3 inch cord on it. No go there. No side fans. No front fans. Has mounts. no fans. Must order them. What is the purpose of putting a filter on the front of the computer and lea...
Summary: The size of this case has a lot of potential to become a serious gaming rig, but I strongly suggest seeing it in person before you buy it to get an idea of its enormity.
Pros: Really big- you can fit everything you could possibly want in this monster Cable management- looks great inside once everything is in Lots of room and 9 fan mounts to dispel all that heat Mounting normal sized things like hard drives and DVD drives is super easy
Cons: Really big- be prepared to move some furniture to make space for this beast Front and side fan hookups were way too small for my fan screws, an easy fix but still kind of a pain Front panel clips were all a little flimsy, already broken a couple Some trouble mounting a fan controller with the spring clips up top because of its size (too short)