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Antec Take 4
6.9 out of 10

Antec Take 4

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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 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 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 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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Overall 8
8.0

Great case, not-so-great PSU

Todd P., Newegg
18 October 2007
  • Summary: Antec makes such nice cases it's a shame that they had to have their OEM cut corners on the PSU (unfairly damaging Channel Well's reputation in the process.) But with a PSU change this is a fine rack case, and is one of the most attractive ones on the market.
  • Pros: Handy HD mounting, great for SATA RAID arrays. Lots of room for motherboard and peripherals. Easy and fun to build in. Handsome design, looks great in both a data center and a recording studio as a DAW enclosure.
  • Cons: Our Take 4 cases came with the SmartPower PSUs, which failed after a year due to the well-known issue with the Fuhjyyu capacitors used. Fitting a replacement is tricky since you need a PSU with straight-through ventilation. The rear-fan-equipped units from PC Power & Cooling (Silencer series) wil...
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Overall 8
8.0

Solid, Quiet Case

Christopher F., Newegg
24 August 2007
  • Summary: Changing CD/DVD drives requires removing the portion of the case that holds the drives in place. Not a big deal (in fact it is pretty sweet) unless you plan on switching out drives on a regular basis.
  • Pros: All around this is a great case. It is quite, sturdy and has a great exterior design.
  • Cons: Like the other reviews say, the 12v power cord is indeed too short and you will need an extension cable. In fact, I found all of the cords quite short and it was difficult to reach the hard drives. Also, since the case fans are so close to the CPU, it made the fan installation difficult (make sur...
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Overall 8
8.0

rackmount case

ishik t., Newegg
6 May 2007
  • Summary: I'd buy it again.
  • Pros: just what i wanted.
  • Cons: fans located in posterior right hand corner of unit, potentially limiting you from installing huge aftermarket CPU coolers depending on your motherboard.
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