Pros: comes with a Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply.i gave only 2 eggs because this isnt a review just for the power supply,that would get 4-5.
Summary: Overall, a very good case and PSU considering how much you payed for it. I got really lucky and got this case locally for only $56 after a rebate. But I doubt thats going to happen again. If youre getting a case only, I probably wouldnt choose this one specifically, but if you need a good PSU as well Id definitely pick this.
Pros: Solidly built case for the most part, heavy steel. quiet if you keep the door on it, very good power supply in this case which isnt common for cases with PSUs included. Ive heard that theyre including the newer Earthwatts PSU in some of these now, 80+ bronze certified. That PSU alone is like $75 I think. The inside is pretty well designed. You can hide cables in the inner right side behind the drive bays. Plenty of room for large video cards. A 5770 fits with ease. We...
Cons: The door is pointless. Wish they would have just made these with a front like the CM690 or the Antec 300. Really dont get why they didnt put at least one side vent on the left. Quietness is great and everything, but I would have been fine with some sacrifice by including a vent that I could attack a fan to on the side. I ended up just cutting square out of the side of the case, and putting a 120mm fan on it.
Summary: No current, as of 3/9/2010, clear communication from Antec that buying one of these products right now, will or won't cause the purchaser to have to deal with this ESD issue on the front assembly!
Pros: Basically a very good product on the surface. See cons though.
Cons: The ESD problem on this product has caused me untold amount of hours between mobo and USB based peripheral vendors in order to nail down this problem. This includes many, many painful hours with various tech support personnel, emails, phone calls, ....over the last year and rebuilding systems.
Summary: It's a great quality case for the price. Very quiet, easy to use, and very attractive looking. They only bad things I would say are poor cable management in the case, attracts fingerprints, and the powerbutton is behind the door. Minor problems, and def not a deal-breaker for this one. If you're going to run heavy duty hardware, get the extra fan for the front. The power supply included is pretty good too.
Summary: Pros: Quiet. Nice noise-reduction features (120mm case fan, HD grommets, etc.) Power supply powerful and quiet. Cons: The glossy black finish shows finger prints, etc. General gripe with DIY cases: PSU wires! Wish there was a better way to run the power wires. Maybe some hidden channels in case? Built-in wire ties? Anything.
Summary: This case was for a scratch build of a dual-quad core home server. It was easy to work inside, good cable management, love the soft grommet drive trays, good airflow design. Overall solid feel. I actually bought the case and PSU separately from J&R but it's very good as well. Quiet.
Summary: If I tried to tell you all the different system configurations Ive put in the Sonata III 500, youd be reading all day. Youd be surprised what you can get in here, and what that 500w PSU will handle. Dont try to power two GTX 295s off of it, but be aware that commonly quoted PSU requirements are way overboard, partially due to cheaper manufacturers flagrantly exaggerating their PSUs wattage ratings.
Pros: This is hands down the best case for the money if you want this level of quality anywhere close to the price range. The included 500w PSU sells separately for a big chunk of this things cost, yet the case itself is worth the price without the PSU and the PSU sold separately is worth its price too. So youre really getting an amazing combo deal here, preinstalled and set to go. Feels solid - IS solid. Quiet. Nice fans. High-quality finish is very sharp and classy. One t...
Cons: For the types of builders this case targets, there are no weaknesses. I could say it doesnt have the room for an extreme quad-Crossfire system, 10 hard drives, etc., but thats not what this is for. The piano black finish, while beautiful, does attract dust and it will be visible if you dont wipe it down regularly. Personally I dont care a lot about that and buy this case for its functionality.
Summary: Overall, made it good. Especially, fine finish.
Pros: Smooth and fine finish. Nothing like others. Slide-In 5.25 and 3.5 drive bay is easy to install HD, DVDRW or other device such as flash memory reader device. Also, it has a quite cooling fan that helps while running at night.
Cons: Top of front cover only open right to left. I want it to open both ways.