- Created on 04 October 2008
These days the standard gamers case tends to be large, obtrusive and tends to stand out from the crowd like a sore thumb. However, the Antec three hundred case is none of those. It is small enough (45.8 (H) x 46.5 (D) x 20.5 cm (W)) to still be portable, for LAN parties and the like, it is a sleek black metal case with the only one thing to set it apart from standard tower cases, the two large fan vents for essential cooling. There are no flashing , and the case doesn't come with the standard cheap power supply ( a benefit, trust me, when you want to build a decent PC), so you can choose your own.
Although smaller than standard gamer cases the Antec Three Hundred still has enough room for three 5.25" for external optical drives and six 3.5" bays for internal mounting of HDDS. It also maintains enough space to mount a standard ATX motherboard and the machining of the case is to a very high standard with no sharp edges to cut fingers on when fiddling. A really nice design feature of the case is the inclusion of a cable management compartment which makes routing of cables in the case very easy, and also minimises disruption to the airflow through the case by the cabling.
We found installation into the case very easy, (it took us about 30 minutes from start to finish, including all drives) and there was plenty of room for modification and card installation. The case provide room for seven expansion card slots (PCIe etc).
The case is setup with two fans, one rear 120 x 25 mm TriCool™ Fan and one top special 140 x 25 mm TriCool™ Fan, both of which can be controlled with their in built 3-speed switch controls (high, medium and low). We found the fans to be excellent at moving air through the case, although the fans even when set to low are still reasonably loud, but this is the price you pay for large volume airflow. Power, reset and the I/O ports are easily accessible as they are mounted at the top at the front of the case and drive usage is indicated by a simple small blue LED.
As a gaming case the Antec Three Hundred excels and is ideal for gamers, especially if you want to try your hand at overclocking and you want to be able to move your PC between LAN parties, however if you are non-gamer the dual fans would probably eventually become a bit intrusive.
Amazon: Antec Three Hundred - EU - Tower - ATX - no power supply - sleek black - USB/Audio