Summary: When Antec talks about its very affordable Three Hundred Two case, we hear terms like, "high performance systems,"affordable gaming case, "built for gamers," and "advanced cooling system" thrown about.
Summary: Antec, one of the biggest case manufacturers on our humble blue planet, has recently upgraded their cheap entry level gamers case, the Antec Three Hundred. The new version is simply baptised as the Three Hundred Two.
Conclusion: The Three Hundred Two is a chassis that seems to have been created with two goals in mind: to make the case as affordable as possible while also maintaining the features for a high-end system.
Excerpt: When I set out to build a system I usually pick a case that fits with the level of parts I’m putting in it. Some users get the fanciest case they can find, some the lowest cost shell they can get a hold of, and some don’t even bother with a case but rather just use the box the motherboard comes in.
Summary: In the realm of low dollar cases and by this I would say the sub-$75 category is where this applies, it is really tough to find more than three or four choices for more than the same concept of cases from a bygone era with a new shirt on and a haircut.
Conclusion: Antec set out to bring the tried-and-trusted Three Hundred up to date with a feature set suited to enthusiasts on a budget, and has in many ways succeeded. The Three Hundred Two is better equipped with USB 3.0, more drive bays and increased GPU clearance, and Antec has made the enclosure easier to...
Summary: The Antec Three Hundred Two provides a terrific set of features for its price, allowing you to build a high-end system on a small and affordable case. This case is not “perfect,” though.
Pros: Air filter for the power supply and front fans, Air filter for the power supply is removed from the side of the case, Top and rear fans have two-speed controllers, Eight expansion slots, A huge hole in the motherboard tray for accessing the backplate of the CPU cooler, Holes for routing cables be...
Cons: Interior and rear panel aren’t painted, Bay covers aren’t meshed, Slot covers aren’t meshed, No air filters for the optional side fans, Location of the holes for liquid cooling solutions is questionable
Conclusion: Overall, this gaming budget chassis with an MSRP of $79.99 performed well in our testing. The plain outer exterior is not one that will stand out in a crowd, but it does create a sense of mystery about it.
Summary: The performance of the Antec Three Hundred Two met all my expectations. Under a normal stress test, the temperatures held within acceptable ranges.
I have to say that after unboxing and taking an in-depth look at the Antec Three Hundred Two, I am totally pleased, not only with the looks of the Antec...
Antec Three Hundred Two: Stay Cool, Budget Enthusiasts
24 January 2012
Conclusion: Antec's Three Hundred Two seems to be designed with thermal performance first and foremost on its agenda. When you're dealing with sub-$100 cases, it's always going to be a balancing act between acoustics and thermals, and for the Three Hundred Two, Antec has opted to swing the pendulum towards the...