- Created on 04 February 2009
The Antec gaming cases are highly acclaimed for their silent operation and quality construction and in most cases it is hard to think how they could be further developed to enhance their performance. Despite this Antec have released the Nine Hundred Two, the model to supersede the original Antec Nine Hundred gaming case. The original Nine Hundred case has been the choice of many gamers and overclockers for several years due to its optimised airflow and silent running.
From the first glance it is obvious that the design of the Nine Hundred has taken inspiration from it's big brother, the Twelve Hundred case, however the case is smaller in all dimensions. The overall dimensions (49.3 cm x 21.8 cm x 47.2 cm) are similar to the original Nine Hundred Case, with a slight increase in the width of the case presumably to better incorporate the top mounted "Big Boy" TriCool exhaust fan. The case is manufactured from rolled steel with an overall black satin finish which continues to the inside of the case. The front of the case has a perforated grill for excellent air flow over the 3.5" and 5.25" drive bays and a large windowed side panel for viewing purposes. Also there is a useful top accessory tray for storing peripherals.
Inside the case, the overall layout is also reminiscent of it's older brother the Antec Twelve Hundred, with room to accomodate nine drive bays, in a number of combinations: either three external 5.25" bays and size internal 3.5" bays can be used or six external 5.25" bays and three internal 3.5" or alternatively all nine bays can be used for 5.25" drives. As with the Twelve Hundred and the original Nine Hundred the PSU is mounted at the base of the case. The case is capable of housing motherboards up to Standard ATX dimensions and all graphics cards including those utilising full length PCBs. There are also eight available expansions slots for multiple graphics cards (including NVIDIA 3-way SLi configurations) and PCI cards.
Cooling come sin the form of one rear 120 x 25 mm TriCool™ blue LED exhaust fan, one top mounted 200 x 30mm “Big Boy” TriCool™ blue LED exhaust fan and two mounted front 120 x 25 mm special black blue LED intake fans with front speed control. The black/blue LED fans give the working case a really looming personality to the case (it looks like it might just bully other cases at a LAN party!). There is also the option to mount extra fans in the form of one side 120 x 25 mm fan mount and one middle 120 mm fan mount to further pull air over graphics cards and CPU. The intake fans have built in washable air filters to prevent excess dust entering the system: an important consideration when building a system. If you have decided to take the water cooling route, there are rubber lined holes for running pipes to the reservoir through the back of the case.
The I/O ports are easily accessible at the top of the front fascia and include the power and reset buttons, two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA and standard audio in and out ports (AC’97 and HDA compatible).
The main difference between the Nine Hundred and Nine Hundred Two is the overall aesthetics and build of the case. In our opinion the Nine Hundred Two has a better overall design and finish. It appears, if possible, to be slightly sturdier than the original and it certainly weighs more. Whether or not this means that existing Nine Hundred owners will need to upgrade is debatable, however if you are looking to build a new machine or upgrade an existing case the Nine Hundred is a definite contender.
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