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Antec Sonata III
7.4 out of 10

Antec Sonata III

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Overall 6


Matthew W., Newegg
23 September 2015
  • Summary: antec used to be great. This case isn't.
  • Pros: Solid construction, looks nice, shock absorbing drive rails, locking front and side panel
  • Cons: sharp edges. I cut myself on it and bled into the case. riveted backpanel, no cord managment, power switch doesn't work, had to use reset switch for power switch
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Overall 6

incompatble USB 3.0 connector

James M., Newegg
27 February 2015
  • Summary: I wopuld have liked to read a comment by sither of the mnufacturers, Antec and MSI, or New Egg, concerning this issue. Oh well Its only money
  • Pros: Its and Antec !
  • Cons: The USB 3.0 connector size can be a problem with some mother boards . The connector block hangs over the socket sides. I found an MSI board that would not allow the connector to seat properly. on the first try to seat the connector , when I sat the case upright the connector fell out. the second ...
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Overall 10

Solid Case, Easy to work with

David B., Newegg
6 January 2015
  • Summary: This case came with a computer in 2008, I recently upgraded the entire system keeping the case, optical drive, and hard drive. In the four years that I've had the case the front USB ports broke, I called antec and they sent me a replacement panel which upgraded the front USB ports from 2.0 to 3.0.
  • Pros: - Sturdy construction - Case locks (side panel, and front I/O) - Optical drives and hard drives slide out on trays making quick switches/installation a breeze - Plenty of room behind the hard drive trays to run cables, making cable management very easy - Hard drive bays are isolated by rubber gro...
  • Cons: - Sharp edges on internal pieces - CD drive isn't mechanically isolated - one case fan in the back draws air in from the front. This makes the front of the case a huge dust trap (though a washable filterh elps) - Loud (again due to the one case fan in the back) - Back panel is riveted on (makes f...
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Overall 6

Solid Overall but Fan Failure, Weak Front Panel

Mark H., Newegg
17 December 2014
  • Pros: Great case overall. I bought this years ago in New York and shipped it to Singapore, back to NY, and now have it with me in the Chicago area. Power supply has been solid throughout. Case is in great shape thanks to quality chassis construction.
  • Cons: Three qualms. 1) The case fan died within the first year. This is a simple piece of construction so I'm not sure what happened at Antec manufacturing to have it dud so early on. (I should have contacted them about the warranty at that time but I forgot and now I'm past the warranty period.) 2) US...
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Overall 10

Heavy and Quiet

Michael S., Newegg
16 November 2014
  • Summary: In spite of the cons, these are the only cases I use. You can build a gaming rig inside, but you have to be smart about your cooling choices and pick efficient components. SUPER FAST BUILD.
  • Pros: Cold rolled steel. Quiet. Sturdy. Can fit any gaming card I have ever tried (sometimes a little tight, yet they fit).
  • Cons: I own four of these currently. My only complaint is that to access the power button you have to swing the door open. I realize this is so you can lock the door and no one can turn on your PC, but at least you could offer to sell me a door with a power button pass through mechanism. I have to remo...
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Overall 10

Fantastic case!

HelensMills, Newegg
14 November 2014
  • Pros: FANTASTIC durability -- purchased from Newegg in 2009 and my pc is still going strong (pc is on 24/7-365) with all of the original parts. Sturdy hinges.
  • Cons: None that I have found.
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Overall 10

Quiet and Cool-Running

Joseph L., Newegg
24 October 2014
  • Summary: Great case at a good price. When you figure that the power supply is included the price looks even better.
  • Pros: This case has a lot going for it. It's sturdy and very quiet. But best of all, there's plenty of room for everything. It's very easy to get your hands inside it to work on it. All that space plus the built-in fan means that there's great cooling going on. I just bought my fifth Antec Sonata III c...
  • Cons: Can't think of any.
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Overall 10

Got it for 4 years, no problems so far

Simon C., Newegg
25 August 2014
  • Summary: I used it for 4 years now. It didn't run 24/7, but it was working every day, most of the time (turned it off when I went to sleep). 500w is alright to run mid-end hardware. If you want to do some heavy gaming, go for more power (google PSU calculator to know your precise needs)
  • Pros: Power supply : good performance and energy efficient (80 plus bronze). Case : simple and robust design.
  • Cons: Case : not very sound-proofed
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Overall 2

Included PSU blew up after three days.

Jerry J., Newegg
13 April 2014
  • Summary: I would not, obviously, purchase again. Too bad it is too much of a hassle to return it. Purchased a new PSU (from another vender) and it is on its way.
  • Pros: I like the case. I bought it because I was building a quiet rig. It only has one case fan and is very quiet. The size is perfect.
  • Cons: The PSU literally blew up after three days. It sounded like a firecracker. The version of the case I received is a dated version of this very dated case. It lacks some features that can be had in a newer Sonata III.
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Overall 8

Good case. QC needs to be better.

Jeffrey Y., Newegg
9 April 2014
  • Summary: I've yet to start my build and I hope to start sometime soon. I'll follow up once the build is complete.
  • Pros: This is my second Antec Sonata as the first build was back in 2006 and it's still going well. This looks similar to the first case with some minor changes and possible upgrades. Plenty of room for SSD, HD and other goodies needed to complete a system.
  • Cons: Received the case through standard shipping courier. The shipping box was is very good shape and not damaged. However, upon inspection the top and one side of the case has a small "rub" mark on the paint and a small hairline scratch. These blemishes won't come out with any buffing. I don't think ...
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