Summary: The Antec ISK 300-65 Mini-ITX Case is a great product for a small computer build like a HTPC. If you are in the market for an inexpensive Mini-ITX case with a power supply already included be sure to check this product out. Watch the video to find out more...
Summary: Antec ISK 300-65 is a small case targeted to users that want to build the smallest PC around. Here is a summary of what we found about this product.
ISK 300-65 is a good product for users looking for a case for building the smallest PC they can. The use of an external power supply helped to reduce the size of the PC, to lower the acoustic noise level (as this external power adapter doesn’t have a fan) and also to reduce the temperature inside the computer.
Conclusion: Antec's presentation of the ISK300 kit is very modest, with a plain brown box doing its best to sell this HTPC enclosure on the retail shelves on electronic boutiques. Supposing that this is an online-only product, then the ISK300 might be fine, but for shoppers comparing this kit to others inside a retail store, the lack of printed features, specifications, and contents, might put off some buyers.
Pros: Includes 65-watt power supply unit, eSATA, USB, and audio ports on front panel, 80mm TriCool fan included, Fits two 2.5" storage drives, Can also be positioned upright, Excellent component ventilation
Cons: Lacks standard 5.25" optical drive compatibility, Does not offer an IR window for MCE remotes, Chassis dimension is longer than necessary, Expensive enthusiast product, Drive tray door is not automated
Summary: Antec's first mini-ITX case is a solid if not flawless entry into a sector that is new to the brand. The overall airflow design in the case is sensible, simple and effective. It is better than any other case of similar size we know of. The build quality is good, with sturdy, heavy weight steel used everywhere except on the plastic front facia. The accessories include a nice one-piece vertical stand more stable than the common two-piece jobs.
Conclusion: The Antec ISK300-65 has a very attractive size, but getting it to work would require some compromise. For starters, 2.5-inch hard drives aren't that much a problem as they are easily available (although they do cost a little more), but slim form factor optical drives are a different story as they are not readily available in your usual DIY stores. Chances are, you'll need to get them from notebook vendors or other specialists.
Conclusion: Schallpegel Hier noch die Ergebnisse der Schallpegelmessung. Wir haben den Lüfter an einem lüfterlosen, externen Netzteil betrieben, so dass wir ihn ohne die Einflussnahme anderer Komponenten vermessen konnten. Leider ist Antecs Tri-Cool Lüfter nur bei niedriger Drehzahl wirklich leise. Mit mittlerer Drehzahl hört man den Lüfter bereits deutlich und bei voller Drehzahl stört zudem ein unruhiger Lauf.