Summary: Close, but not perfect. It is quiet, but the case fan is definitely audible. You won't hear the hard drives or other fans, though. I like that the intake air is filtered by a washable filter! I also like the highly rated power supply, which is really why I bought this case. Things I wish were different: 1) The blue power light is really bright. It's an effective night-light for my home office. 2) There's no cable management system to speak of. Zip ties to the rescue.
Summary: Have used a lot of these cases to build systems, for some reason, my ASUS main boards don't like interfacing with the front panel USB ports ... as a matter of face, every time I plug into one of those ports my system will freeze and reboot ... my solution is to leave the ports disconnected and just cover them with black tape. Aside from that the power supply and cooling of the case is great.
Similar to the Antec Sonata Elite, but lighter grade metal, and no sound isolation material. USB 3 ports are very welcome!
S. Jentsch, Amazon
22 August 2014
Summary: I chose this case because I had the Antec Sonata Elite case, and I was very happy with everything about that case. Unfortunately, that case was an older design and didn't have USB 3 ports on the front, and I don't think it's widely available anymore. This case is different than the Sonata Elite in a few ways. Some are good, and others are less than ideal when compared to the older case. The finish is very similar.
Summary: I bought this from the Amazon Warehouse because the description led me to believe that, at most, there was only a little cosmetic damage. Instead, I discover that the case had been dropped with such force that the rear of the case had been deformed because of the effects of the heavy power supply on the lightweight metal. The motherboard I/O shield couldn't even be snapped into place.
Summary: The case is described to have a front eSata port, what I got from Amazon didn't. Only has the two front USB ports. I didn't realize of it untilI I had build the unit and thrown away the packaging, otherwise I would've returned it. The manual (pg. 5) also states the case comes with the optional front fan, it didn't. I might have gotten a knock off, or Amazon/Antec are misrepresenting.
Summary: This case was recommended to me by a guy much geekier than me. It is absolutely solid. I purchased it to build a Digital Audio Workstation, an application which requires blinding speed and dead quiet. The case provided the latter by virtue of heavy materials and a very quiet power supply fan. I had no idea that the case also included a case fan -- don't know how quiet that is, since I replaced it with a radiator-style CPU cooling system with fan.
Summary: While I spent weeks getting working parts for my computer,The Ante Sonata III case was the one item I was keeping no matter what else went wrong. Easy to mount hard drive bays, durable, and all the mounting holes were drilled in all the right places. The Cover on the case is easy to put on and take off. All the cables reached were they were suppose to reach. Wow, if I ever need to buy another case I hope they still make them like this.
Summary: The case is easy to install your stuff in. Plenty of room to get things in. Very quiet unit, especially if you stuff it with an SSD Hard Drive and an ASUS "Silent" Video Card. I have bought 3 of these. (guess that says it all) Built my Brother's new Computer in this one to match the other Sonata case we got for his old computer. This one came with a power supply that we needed for a new build. The other one came without a PS since we already had it.