Antec Three Hundred Case Midi Tower ATX Case Review
14 May 2009
Summary: The Antec Nine Hundred Gaming case was very well received by enthusiasts from all over the world, today we take a closer look at its little brother, the Three Hundred. Featuring a build in 140mm fan at the top and 120mm in the rear, both with integrated fan speed control, this case promises to deliver good cooling and custom noise level without costing a fortune. Can it tame a higher end system?
Excerpt: Early last year, Antec launched their gaming line of cases with the Antec Nine Hundred - instantly garnering praise throughout the PC enthusiast crowd. Its main claim to fame was the complete openess of the front bezel, using perforated bays and 120mm fans to keep airflow rushing inside. Also notable was the expansive interior, bottom-mounted power-supply unit, and oversized "Big Boy" 200mm fan placed at the top that allowed some massive cooling over the CPU socket...
Pros: Similar to Nine Hundred design but at half the price, Open front bezel for increased airtake, Lower PSU mount, Washable air filters for front bezel, Easily accessbile interior of chassis and front bezel
Cons: Only ships with two of the possible five fans, Lacks some of the stand-put features of the Nine Hundred, Would like to have the 3.5"-5.25" conversion kit come standard, Basic drive installation and no sound-dampening
Summary: Antec Three Hundred is an inexpensive mini-tower case targeted to exigent users. Here is a summary of what we found about this case.
In summary, this case provides a terrific cost/benefit ratio for mainstream users looking for a small yet powerful case. You can even build a high-end gaming machine using this case (you will probably need to add extra fans).
Conclusion: It’s not every day that we come across a case that is designed to be compact and portable, yet still delivers many of the features found on bigger, heavier, more expensive cases. While we’re on the subject of cost, the Three Hundred is available for an extremely reasonable $69.95(US), which is considerably less than its slightly bigger brother, the Antec Nine Hundred, at $119.99. Antec has scored with the Three Hundred.
Summary: That’s pretty spartan, given the Tempest’s eSATA and FireWire options. But it fits the murky profile of this nondescript case. Where other chassis in this feature have tried and fallen short, Antec quit at the starting line by offering little more in the Three Hundred than what you can find in a $20 enclosure.
Pros: Serviceable no-frills case; plenty of fan space.
Cons: No-frills means no frills; a bit cramped; minimal front-panel inputs; front fans are strictly BYO; no lights, no windows.
Excerpt: Antec has three premium lines of consumer computer cases in it's roster: Performance One, Sonata and Gamer. We've already looked at cases from the Performance One and Sonata lines and those cases left with many awards and high ratings. So now all that's left is a look at Antec's Gamer line of cases. It's pretty obvious, but the Gamer line of cases is targeted towards gamers.
Conclusion: So is there anything that brings the Three Hundred down from its lofty pedestal? There are only a couple minor quibbles that I can think of, and they are truly minor. The reset switch is hard to push in, there are no extra screws to install the third cooling fan, the fans do not have three-pin connectors for the motherboard, and the drive bays are not tool-less.
Summary: Overall, I was very impressed with this case. This case targets the budget crowd for only around $50.00 in US funds. Considering that cost, this case brings a ton of features to the table. Outstanding thermal performance at stock, with the ability to mount even more fans. Large spacious interior that leaves ample room to work in, even with a full complement of hardware installed.
Pros: +High quality construction, +Low Price, +Included fans 120mm, 140mm three speed, +Mid tower size but plenty of build room for a full setup, +Cooling expandability Room for additional 120mm fans, +Overall ease of Installation
Cons: -No noise dampening, -No screw less features