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7.4 out of 10

Antec Sonata Elite

Elegantly Silent The Sonata Elite expands Antec’s original Sonat Read more

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Overall 10
10

Eggcellent Case, but...

Sven T., Newegg
17 June 2014
  • Summary: First off, I am not a gamer, but use my computer for intensive graphic and video editing. Thus, the cooling requirements can be high due to the necessary hardware. To make the case flow properly, I cut a 120mm fan opening in the top, and also a 120mm fan opening on the door. In addition, I directly ventilated the CPU (no provision for liquid cooling) with a snorkel from another case, 92mm fan, and opening in door to mount such.
  • Pros: There is absolutely nothing that I do not like about the case, with one minor note. The build quality is second to none. The drive trays are amazing. This is an "adult" case without all the flashing lights that scream 12-year old.
  • Cons: This case has limited cooling. Stock there is only a single 120mm fan at the rear, and an internal (useless) mount for a second 120mm fan. To achieve somewhat adequate cooling, I replaced the Antec 120mm fan, with a much thicker (38mm vs 25mm), higher flow fan. This helped. Ultimately, I had to modify the case to achieve the desired results.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Sam_C, NCIX.com
14 March 2014
  • Summary: I made a PC for a friend with this case. It's really well built and things inside can be accessed easily.
  • Pros: Robust build quality, Material on side for noise dampening
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10
Ease of use 10
10

Ideal for mid range builds

Arthur Suggs, dabs.com
6 October 2013
  • Summary: Bought several of these over the years and find they are nicely laid out box for "standard" home pcs. You get plenty of space for the internal 5.25 drives on quick release trays that have rubber grommets to reduce vibration. The top front will take up to 3 external full width devices eg DVD player, SATA drive dock plus the 3.5" bay gives a slot for say, a card reader.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

manny_j, NCIX.com
22 February 2013
  • Summary: great case for the money if your are building a work station or budget gaming pc
  • Pros: great case can fit grapchis cards sizes of 11 inches
  • Cons: no cable manegment and not enough cooling options
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Overall 8
8.0

Ok

Steven K., Newegg
22 February 2013
  • Summary: Other reviewer claimed HD sleds smash cables. Try mounting the hard drive the other way, buddy.
  • Pros: Good for office case. Most others are full of buzzing twirling LED light shows with clear windows. Who likes that stuff anyway?
  • Cons: Like this whole line of Antec cases the 5.25" blanks are not held in well enough. How hard is it to fix? The front USB 3.0 harness to motherboard is practically nonexistent and do not provide any adapters. I'm going to have to manually make jumpers after finding the pinouts. What a pain! These are real problems for a premium case. I still continue to buy these, but the USB problem needs to be resolved asap -like send an adapter or do not mold those harnesses on.
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Overall 8
8.0

Antec, please read other thoughts

roger f., Newegg
17 December 2012
  • Summary: If you use more than one of the 5.25 bays you will have cabling problems. Mitigated by having a modular power supply. Hiding excess cabling in the unused 5.25 bays is the way to go. SSDs mount in the either of the front 3.5” slide-out drive bay. Why would *anyone* put the SSD at the bottom?
  • Pros: Lots of places to hide cables. Big plus. Slide in drive bays. 3.5” are nicely designed. Installed a Sapphire HD 7950. Barely fit. 3.5” slide in bays! Silicone rubber grommets are **Highly Effective**, especially the Antec ones. If you have never used them [esp in a multi drive] install, then you will be very happy with the reduction in noise levels. Nearly gone is the head access vibration, a very welcome change [RAID 10]. Power supply is on the top. Decent airflow wi...
  • Cons: Horizontal brace is riveted in place. Swapping the power supply with a larger/taller CPU cooler inplace will most likely require removing the motherboard. Nor you can install the power supply last if there is a tall CPU cooler. The brace ought to be removable in the event the power supply fails or you need to upgrade. Brace removed all is good. Repairability outweighed its utility. Door. Low utility. The 3.5” drive bays. Move down 2cm and improve airflow over the top ...
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Overall 6
6.0

drive mounts were hard to figure out

Donavan M., Newegg
4 December 2012
  • Pros: Overall great looking case
  • Cons: The system of mounting the harddrves to the little clear rubber mounts was difficult to figure out without ANY instructions. I kept trying to mount the drive to the rails provided that are attached to the back of the cd drive covers and then slide into the HDD rails....
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Overall 6
6.0

Good I thought

Anonymous, Newegg
5 November 2012
  • Summary: This case would have gotten at lease one more egg if both side panels were removable. This build consists of : AMD A10-5800K CPU ASUS F2A85-V PRO FM2 AMD A85X Motherboard SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 power supply Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK SSD CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM 2 - Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM
  • Pros: Very nice looking case. I chose this case as a Home Theater PC build for my cousin for it's clean appearance . Also the locked door keeps little fingers from pushing buttons.
  • Cons: The right side panel (bottom of Motherboard side) does not remove. This makes routing SATA and HD power cables troublesome . Siding a drive into position puts pressure on the cables with no easy way to relieve it once you have more than one drive installed,you could easily compromise the connection of another drive. The screws to mount the drives to the sleds are proprietary so you better not loose track of your extras. Only one place is provided for mounting a SSD th...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good case overall

Joshua G., Newegg
20 August 2012
  • Summary: I mounted a H60 radiator on the back of my case and it fit fine. There is only one fan in the case though, and that limits airflow bigtime. That's one egg Also, the cable management is very hard, but if done correctly, one can achieve a very very clean looking interior of the comptuer. Also, the case did not come with a USB 3.0 to 2.0, rendering the front ports useless, but I will not dock an egg for this. I ordered one on the Corsair website.
  • Pros: -Very attractive design -Love the door and the design used for the 5.25 bays -Cool 3.5" bay mounting brackets -Quality is unparalleled -USB 3.0 on the front -The locks are super cool -Very quiet -Good price
  • Cons: -Hard to cable manage if you arent good at it -Not that great airflow -Back panel is not removable -No USB 3.0 to 2.0 connector
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Overall 6
6.0

wow

eric p., Newegg
19 August 2012
  • Summary: good for non overclocking computer use/ i have one i'm donating to charity/ all the other cases i have are much better TT/ LianLi / Aero Cool /Ikonic/Inwin/CoolerMaster .
  • Pros: hdd rack is nice/ quiet
  • Cons: door must open to turn on/ door cheap made/ no places for fans / even with one fan still somewhat noisey/ case on the small side /no cable mgt./ i cut a hole in door for switch/ way to cramped inside/ bad cooling for my taste !
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