While many of its competitors have gone with cheaper materials to address the $50 gaming case market, Antec chose instead to scale back the “bling” in its Three Hundred. Buyers get dual exhaust fans in a case that’s around 33% thicker than most competitors, but give up LED lighting and several tool-free features.
Thicker panels increase durability and simultaneous cut back on noise--two things appreciated by those who constantly use and service their own systems. Yet, good ventilation is often at odds with low noise, and today’s test includes a noise evaluation.
Some of the Three Hundred’s added ventilation comes from a three-speed 120 mm rear fan. Replaceable expansion slot covers beneath the fan are standard on quality cases, yet rare amongst Antec’s low-cost competitors.
A three-speed top fan adds even more ventilation for the CPU area. Our previous evaluations have shown this fan to be far less important than the rear fan when using cross-flow CPU coolers, and using its slowest setting reduces noise dramatically.
Front-panel ports along the top edge are easily reached for systems that sit either under or atop a desk. Though this is probably the best compromise Antec could make to capture both markets, it does cause headset cables to dangle in front of optical drives.
- When A $50 Chassis…Isn’t
- AeroCool VS-9
- Inside The VS-9
- Building With The VS-9
- Antec Three Hundred
- Inside The Three Hundred
- Building With The Three Hundred
- Cooler Master Elite 430
- Inside The Elite 430
- Building With The Elite 430
- Enermax Staray ECA3171 / ECA3170
- Inside The ECA3171-BR-AP
- Building With The ECA3171-BR-AP
- Test Settings
- Test Results
- Antec Wins?