Antec Cube Mini ITX Case Review

Installation, Evaluation & Final Analysis

The Antec Cube comes with a manual, several zip ties, and a pair of fan power extension cables. Not pictured is the standard assortment of screws that accompanies almost every case.

The Cube comes with a somewhat modified cable assortment, dropping most of the front panel power connections and then adding a power connection for the fan controller.

The Cube’s large compact size means that we have plenty of room for all of our test hardware, with even more room to spare. Furthermore, thanks to the available space, numerous cutouts, and tie downs, the installation was quick and free of any issues.

A quick press of the power button and everything fires right up, complete with plenty of Razer green lighting all around.

Here’s how the Antec Cube compares to some of the other compact cases we’ve tested thus far:

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Test Configuration

Today’s review uses the same Mini ITX reference platform as past reviews, with no changes to the standard hardware.

Noise is measured .5m from the case's front corner, on the side that opens. The numbers are corrected to the 1m industry standard—used by many loudspeaker and fan manufacturers—by subtracting six decibels.

Additionally, the test duration for today’s review was four hours at full load, and the ambient air temperature for the test was maintained at approximately 26°C (78.8°F).









Drivers and Settings

Test System Configuration
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
Software
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 353.30
ChipsetIntel INF 10.0.27
Benchmark Configuration
Prime95 v27.964-bit executable, Small FFTs, 4 threads
3DMark 11Version: 1.0.3.0, Extreme Preset: Graphics Test 1, Looped
Real Temp 3.40Average of maximum core readings at full CPU load
Galaxy CM-140 SPL MeterTested at 1/2 m, corrected to 1 m (-6 dB), dBA weighting

Test Results

Although the Cube outperforms the Bitfenix Portal we just tested, a lack of airflow in the case due to a lack of front intake fans means the Cube is outperformed by the rest of the cases in the lineup. Those who choose air cooling over liquid cooling will undoubtedly benefit from the addition of a couple intake fans.

Though the Cube managed to regain some ground in regards to acoustic performance, it didn’t regain enough to put it anywhere near the lead. The results are even more disappointing when you consider there is only one case fan involved.

As always, mediocre results in the previous benchmarks lead to equally mediocre results when it comes to efficiency, which is going to leave a big mark in the next benchmark.

Mediocre performance coupled with a top shelf price tag means the Cube comes in dead last in our value calculations, meaning you’re really going to have to want this case to justify its purchase.

The Cube is still a well-built case with an attractive feature set. We also have no doubt that there are plenty of buyers out there who will purchase the Cube regardless of price, either because they have the budget for it, or because Razer’s name is on it. Unfortunately for Antec and Razer though, the Cube’s $220 asking price is going to make it a tough sell for everyone else, especially when cases like Fractal Design’s Define Nano S and NZXT’s Manta offer competing feature sets for a fraction of the price.

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  • Glock24
    Hmm... Too big for a Mini-ITX case, lackluster performance despite its size, uninspiring design, and waaaay overpriced. Do people really pay a premium for a logo?
  • shrapnel_indie
    1754890 said:
    Do people really pay a premium for a logo?


    Every single day.
  • Kunra Zether
    I'm confused. I think they designed this case to sell on just the name alone. The price tag is ludicrous. Razor needs to stop this now because it's alienating their fan base and gamers in general. I actually think it's an attractive case and a good design but that price tag just kills it and you don't even get front case fans with it. They need to be careful who they let slap their branding on their products, eventually they are going to destroy their brand.
  • dstarr3
    1754890 said:
    Do people really pay a premium for a logo?


    Beats.
  • DarkSable
    I'm sorry, this thing is ENORMOUS.

    For $220 I'm buying a premium indie case that's better looking, has better build quality, and is a fraction of the size, like the Dr. Zaber Sentry or the Dondan A4. Let's see a review on those, Tom's. (Or heck, even the Ncase M1 that's been the darling of the mini itx industry for years now. You had one article when it was still doing its kickstarter - they're on version five of the case now.)
  • dstarr3
    933870 said:
    I'm sorry, this thing is ENORMOUS. For $220 I'm buying a premium indie case that's better looking, has better build quality, and is a fraction of the size, like the Dr. Zaber Sentry or the Dondan A4. Let's see a review on those, Tom's. (Or heck, even the Ncase M1 that's been the darling of the mini itx industry for years now. You had one article when it was still doing its kickstarter - they're on version five of the case now.)


    Seriously, literally every other similarly-priced mini-ITX case is far better than this one. This one isn't helped, either, by that tacky Razer logo on the front.
  • jcwbnimble
    As others have mentioned, this case is way overpriced for what you get. Second, not having a CPU cutout on the MB tray is a deal breaker IMO. The last thing I want to do is remove the motherboard anytime I want to change coolers or try a different thermal paste. That's just ridiculous, especially since there is that huge space right next to the motherboard. I get that they wanted to be able to mount a 3.5" drive, but don't most builders of M-ITX systems forego large mechanical drives? I know I did when I built my son's M-ITX system in a raijintek Metis case. I used the on-board MSata connector for the boot drive and added a 2.5" drive for more storage.

    As for people asking about paying a premium for brands, obviously we all do. Whether is be a particular brand of coffee you prefer or headphones, everyone has something that they don't mind spending more for. I do like the Razr logo and the green themed USB and lighting on this case (much like the old Nvidia case that was available on the Nvidia website), but the price premium AND poor design negate any appeal the aesthetics have on me.
  • problematiq
    Bout choked when I saw the price.
  • James Mason
    The design is kinda nice, but the price is terrible. I feel like they're charging you $100 just for that razer logo. I can understand "curved" panels costing alot, because... reasons. But it's too bad there is glass on both sides, otherwise it may work well turned on it's side and laid down flat.
  • nycalex
    ummmm, did i read this correctly?

    the PROS: razer branding <-----WTFFFFF? how is that a plus?
  • Clamyboy74
    How is razer branding a plus?
    Now you are paying for brand, nothing else. That made this review worse than clickbait
  • why_wolf
    Wow oversized and overpriced. This thing cost more than the Ncase M1 and that's not counting whatever freight is thrown on top of it.
  • turkey3_scratch
    The Lian-Li PC-Q10 is cheaper and way better for the price IMO.

    1795882 said:
    How is razer branding a plus? Now you are paying for brand, nothing else. That made this review worse than clickbait


    I also disagree with that being listed as a pro.
  • drwho1
    Perhaps I might be alone on this... but I think that, that logo is a turn-off.
    Never mind the way over price for this POS...
  • falchard
    Why is this $200? It's just your basic plastic and 0.8mm stamped steel case.
  • DerekA_C
    meanwhile cooler master and Silerstone cases are selling like hot cakes and their stocks reflect it.
  • hotsacoman
    S4 mini FTW - http://nfc-systems.com/s4-mini/
  • Pixdawg
    Ummm...I might pay extra for a case with the Antec name. Not for the Razer name. While no doubt this case is well-constructed, its design falls well short of what I expect from Antec or any other good case builder. I doubt I'd buy it for half the MSRP.

    I totally disagree with Clamyboy's 'clickbait' comment: reviewing this case is kind of a must-do, if for no other reason than to point out its shortcomings.
  • pinguw
    for the price I guess Cougar is a lot better
    https://cougargaming.com/en/products/cases/qbx/
  • Brian_227
    Noctua: "We're building a new series of CPU fans. What color should we make them, grandpa?"

    Grandpa: "They should match the computer! My 1993 Compaq Presario is chocolate brown and beige, you must use those colors."
  • s4fun
    1754890 said:
    Hmm... Too big for a Mini-ITX case, lackluster performance despite its size, uninspiring design, and waaaay overpriced. Do people really pay a premium for a logo?


    You can fix stupid. Just like the STUPID and PROUD elected cheetos jesus for a slogan, the iDiots for iPhoneys have paid many times over for that crApple logo. Words I heard from the wise, "NEVER underestimate the power of large number of stupid people." Marketing at Razer and Antec must have hear and they are playing to that crowd.
  • turkey3_scratch
    2454376 said:
    Noctua: "We're building a new series of CPU fans. What color should we make them, grandpa?" Grandpa: "They should match the computer! My 1993 Compaq Presario is chocolate brown and beige, you must use those colors."


    I love the Noctua colors. I used to like flashy but once I hit the age 18 my tastes changed to pure dullness and gloom.
  • SIEGEX
    Razer.....stick to peripherals. On first glance it's ugly. Too damn big....and of course no front intake spells hot components. A better choice would be nfc s4mini. And that thing will cost me $325 shipped to australia. But at least it'll slide right in to my backpack with half a bag left to fill