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Antec Take 4
6.9 out of 10

Antec Take 4

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Overall 10
10

Awesome case

Christopher S., Newegg
6 September 2011
  • Summary: Case is big, but not super deep, as with a server case which needs rails and/or rear support. This doesn't need rear support. Have 1 in my design studio, and one in my music studio with MacPro 8 core next to it. Fits in my mixer rack just fine. Also have 2 Take 3 models but these are much trickier.
  • Pros: Great for Core2 Quad generation; have not yet tried with Sandy Bridge, but next on the list. I have 3 of these and all work flawlessly. To the other reviewer, big fans are quieter than row of little ones... this is a quiet case, not really server case. It is quiet. Not much else on the market lik...
  • Cons: Door hinges are ABS so don't let it flop open or rest DVDs on it when open. It will break after about 18 months. However, with long warranty, I got 2 replacement doors from Antec (!) and now am more careful. I did have to remove the side fan and replace with smaller Antec with a big Zalman on the...
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Overall 8
8.0

Solidly Built. Really Large

Chris S., Newegg
23 January 2009
  • Summary: For the price, around three hundred, it could've used a few more perks. No one buys a 4U server case unless they are looking to build a custom machine. It makes more sense to buy prebuilt servers than to build them yourself and few companies actually do this.
  • Pros: This case is really rugged construction. It has nice hard drive trays that are released with thumb screws and buffered from vibration by rubber grommets. It is spacious on the inside and can probably take most ATX standard motherboards and just about any video card known to man. It's also nice th...
  • Cons: It requires a 4 prong header for the power LED. The 120mm stock fan is too close to the motherboard to allow for the stock Intel i7 cooler. Adding and removing 5.25 bay items is somewhat of a chore. Also, for as much space as this thing has, something could've probably been done to up the drive c...
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Overall 6
6.0

Unfortunate lack of detail

Chris M., Newegg
5 January 2009
  • Summary: just wish i was notified or that the compatability information was displayed correctly before i spent all the money on the motherboard and this case to fit it into.
  • Pros: Wonderfully built, beautifully designed
  • Cons: Nowhere on the new egg product page does it list which types of motherboards this particular case will be compatible with. This is also true on the Antec product page for this item. Be advised that even though other websites state that this case will accept Extended ATX type motherboards, it in f...
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Overall 8
8.0

Not too bad

Lawrence L., Newegg
21 April 2008
  • Pros: Nice construction, solid. Pretty quiet. Having two fans on a back corner is nice. Two thumb screws on the back let you get the case open quickly.
  • Cons: The air duct for the included power supply can't be removed, so if you want to replace it, you better make sure the new one fits and the air input lines up with the duct.
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Overall 10
10

Take 4 Great w/ Mods

Robert C., Newegg
20 January 2008
  • Summary: I use this as a digital audio workstation and with rack-mounted UPS, Surge, Water-cooling system, and Audio Interface. I removed the faceplate for easy access. I shaved the rack ears on a grinder. I mounted it with rails so that I can slide it in and out for maintenance.
  • Pros: * Rugged * Lots of Drive Bays * 4 Drive Bays are removable * Great Airflow * Front USB, Firewire Connectors * Rackmountable
  • Cons: * Power Switch too close to DVD open close button. * Rack ears 3/16" too wide * Hard to find a rack case long enough * Original PSU failed and was not powerful enough. Replaced with NeoPower 650.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Studio Computer Case

Hunter L., Newegg
19 January 2008
  • Pros: Sharp, quiet, spacious, power supply has its own air duct, and has little rubber feet for silencing hard drives! Worth the $$$. Get it.
  • Cons: No air filters in front. I guess you can cut some out and place in the front to cut down on the dust...
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Overall 8
8.0

Appended review

Geoff J., Newegg
9 January 2008
  • Pros: xlnt all around
  • Cons: In order to access the front connections (usb etc), you have to open the front flap. Annoying when space is tight and i'm using all my USB connections for input devices/controllers.
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Overall 8
8.0

Very heavy

Geoff J., Newegg
9 January 2008
  • Summary: Wasn't too keen on the blue on the front, so i sanded it down to bare metal. looks really sweet. I have a HUGE after market CPU fan, and it fits EXCEPT for the cross-bar rests on top of it just barely, but close enough to be able to close the case no problem.
  • Pros: Roomy interior, good layout. Forward-removable hard disk trays. AMAZING air flow inside of the case. I am running the provided case fans, an after market CPU fan and power supply. Still the quietest computer I've owned, but not silent.
  • Cons: I swapped out the power supply to a 750 Watt, as this is an all-in-one, audio production, HTPC, travel/live performance rig, and needed the extra juice. I had to cut a chunk out of the side to get proper ventilation to the bottom-mounted power supply fan. This thing has to weigh 30-40 pounds all ...
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Overall 10
10

Antec = Fantastic Case

Peter T., Newegg
14 December 2007
  • Summary: If you are building a home server or even a small business server this is the best platform I have seen or used.
  • Pros: Great case I have had numerous rack mounted cases in the past. This was the best built quietest case I have had. Care free operation for the last 4 months. This is my first rack mount case from Antec and I would buy this case again.
  • Cons: Rack mount ears dont move. Great if in a closed cabinet, 60% overhang out the back in a Two post rack.
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Overall 8
8.0

Excellent case with minor drawbacks

Michael A., Newegg
22 October 2007
  • Summary: I really like the case. The power supply could have slightly longer cables for it however. I would also not mind seeing a backplane board shipped for this that made hotplugging the SATA drives as simple as unscrewing and removing the drive tray and reinserting.
  • Pros: Generous room, easy to work in. Great hard drive mounting arrangement. Very easy cable management. Low acoustics and a handy self contained air supply for the power supply via air duct (it does limit PSU choices though for replacement). Fantastic noise dampeners on HD trays.
  • Cons: As others have said, the 12v CPU power needs to be longer or they need to ship a cable to extend it with case. SATA Power cables are too short if you use all 4 hard drive slots without stretching power cable diagonally across board. Rack rails from antec don't match up exactly right but they work.
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