Antec Cube Mini ITX Case Review

Antec and Razer have joined forces to create the Cube, a stylish and functional case that’s designed around a set of builder-focused features. The case was designed by Razer with Antec then taking on the task of making it a reality. Razer’s hand in the design process is clearly visible in several elements throughout the case, most notably in its massive LED-lit logo at the front of the case, but also in the Cube’s themed accent lighting and USB ports as well. Razer’s design also manifests itself in another painfully obvious way: the Cube’s astounding $220 MSRP, which makes it one of the most expensive compact cases we’ve tested to date. Let’s find out what $220 gets you.

Specifications



*3.5" Drive slot can hold two additional 2.5" drives

Although it’s called the Cube and marketed as a compact gaming case, it seems to have just as much of a problem with its geometry as it does its size. With a height, width, and depth measuring 14.3” x 9.8” x 18.1” respectively, the Cube dwarfs some of the other compact cases we’ve tested so far, even coming close in size to some of the ATX mini-tower cases we've tested. However, like other large compact case’s we’ve tested, the extra size also means that build space isn’t an issue either. The Cube comes with enough room to fit a GPU up to 350mm in length, a CPU cooler up to 190mm in height, and a radiator up to 240mm in length in the front.

Speaking of the front, besides Razer’s large, lit up logo; the front of the case also features a pair of Razer themed USB 3.0 ports as well as a standard pair of 3.5mm audio inputs. Meanwhile, the Cube’s power button, which also features its own themed lighting, can be found adjacent to the USB ports, on top of the case.

The front panel of the case is also removable, which allows for access to the Cube’s front dust filter as well as its front fan mounts. Care should be used when removing the Cube’s front panel, however, as the logo and associated wiring are mounted to the panel and can be damaged by improper handling. Also worth noting is that the Cube was designed for use with user provided liquid coolers, as evidenced by the lack of front case fans. That in mind, we still expect a case with a $220 price tag to come with at least one fan in the front slot for those who prefer to rely on air cooling instead.

Moving on to the back of the case, the Cube features a 120mm green LED exhaust fan, as well as the standard motherboard cutout and a mounting bracket for ATX form factor power supplies. More notably, the Cube features an upside down motherboard orientation just like the Bitfenix Portal we recently tested. And unlike almost all of the other compact cases we’ve tested, this one features three expansion slots to accommodate oversized graphics cards. Finally, hiding off to the right by the motherboard cutout is a button that controls the lighting on the logo at the front of the case, as well as the accent lighting mounted underneath the case.

Since the Cube was designed with builders in mind, the case’s side panels are easily removable and simply pull straight off for quick access to the inside. Looking towards the front of the case, we get another view of the Cube’s 240mm radiator mount as well as its power supply shroud that also happens to carry Razer’s logo.

Shifting our view to the back of the case, we get a view of the motherboard mount, which eschews a motherboard cutout, instead using the space to provide a mounting location for either a single 3.5” hard drive or a pair of 2.5” drives. In addition, underneath the power supply shroud towards the back of the case is another removable dust filter for the power supply intake.

Flipping the case around we find the hard drive mounting bracket we mentioned earlier as well as another pair of mounting brackets for 2.5” drives. Up top, there’s a six-channel fan hub, which also provides power to the front logo and bottom mounted lighting. Finally, the Cube features numerous cutouts and tie down points, which should make cable management a quick and easy task.

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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
    Anonymous 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
    Anonymous 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
    Anonymous 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.

    Anonymous 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/