Summary: I have always liked Antec and we use them extensively in our custom made machines, but this case wasn't put together well. The top cover is not secured properly and all the securing tabs are made of flimsy plastic. It kept popping out every time you tried to grab the top or there was any tug on it. It needs to be way more secure than this: perhaps secured down by a metal screw so it doesn't slide loose. We had to glue it down to keep it from popping out.
The filters are a fantastic idea with supposed easy removing capability
20 March 2015
Summary: I was getting so mad with my computer overheating and shutting down, so I went for all out cooling and bought this gigantic case. No regrets, however some design changes are definitely needed, hence the -1 star. I have described below. The filters are a fantastic idea with supposed easy removing capability. However, there needs to be a latch on the OUTSIDE to remove the filters, not opening the case and removing 8 screws to push the container out to clean one filter.
The modules in the front are removed and installed extremely easily using thumb screws
5 March 2015
Summary: I needed lots of external 5.25" drive bays for 3.5" drive cages (I'm upgrading my storage pool). The modules in the front are removed and installed extremely easily using thumb screws. There is plenty of cable management room behind the motherboard tray as well. Didn't have any trouble moving my existing system into this new case. The case itself is pretty sturdy as you might expect from a steel case and is surprisingly not as heavy as it looks.
Summary: The only thing that should be made known is that the fan pinouts are the standard 3 pin, but don't come with any type of adapter but doesn't warrant taking an egg off.
Pros: Great case with lots of fans that moves quite a bit of air over the motherboard/graphics card. Even though the case a Steel/Plastic combo, it seems extremely well built and don't foresee myself ever having to replace this case.
Summary: This is a really good case and if i build another computer i would buy another one. I couldn't give it a perfect score because of one minor thing. The mounting for the 2.5" drive is almost under the power supply. Antec includes a 5.25 to 3.5 adapter but they should really include a 3.5 to 2.5 adapter.
Pros: Good construction with plenty of fans and airflow. All the open space and extra drive bays are really nice.
Summary: It's not necessarily a bad thing, but the front is quite different than most cases. Instead of the whole panel coming off, the drive bays slide out through the front in squares. Takes time to get to know how it works when migrating hardware over, but nice. The only 'bad' thing is since the bays slide out from the front, you have to disconnect all the HDDs, etc. to fully pull it out and get in there.
Pros: Huge case, lots of room! Not to mention, I just love Antecs cases, they are all so sick looking! Good airflow. I especially like how the back goes on! Unlike most cases, it doesn't have a bunch of sliders you have to put in THEN slide the back on. You put the front in, then can close it like a door and screw it in. Makes it SO much easier when you have a ton of cables! Also, REALLY easy for quick weekly cleaning.
Summary: I ordered this case, but didn't keep it because it was damaged in shipping. Got a replacement, it was also damaged. I gave up after that point, the packaging for the case just wasn't designed to be shipped. The case itself seemed to be of nice quality, but the plastic pieces (front frame mostly) are not designed well, and the features for the case are not up to par with other case features on the market. Buy it at your own risk.
Summary: Advertised a $30 rebate. I did not have time to assemble the computer components right away. I then got it together and was able to ensure the case and other components were working. Finally submitted and mailed the rebate requirements, but we had terrible snow storm, and mail was not picked up. Took it directly to PO and was postmarked one day late, but antec rebate center refused it as result.
Pros: Case has lots of room and price would have been good if they had honored the rebate. I like the large fan on top. Note all fans are blue... Also consider purchasing a fan controller or hub if you want to use all the fans. Looks like five different connections...
Cons: Did not honor the $30 rebate because it was one day late. I purchased this case because of the price with rebate, otherwise would have gotten a different one. :-(