Page 1:When A $50 Chassis…Isn’t
Page 2:AeroCool VS-9
Page 3:Inside The VS-9
Page 4:Building With The VS-9
Page 5:Antec Three Hundred
Page 6:Inside The Three Hundred
Page 7:Building With The Three Hundred
Page 8:Cooler Master Elite 430
Page 9:Inside The Elite 430
Page 10:Building With The Elite 430
Page 11:Enermax Staray ECA3171 / ECA3170
Page 12:Inside The ECA3171-BR-AP
Page 13:Building With The ECA3171-BR-AP
Page 14:Test Settings
Page 15:Test Results
Page 16:Antec Wins?
Inside The Three Hundred
An anticorrosive plating (probably aluminum) protects the Three Hundred’s bare metal steel interior from oxidation in normal environments. More durable and easier to photograph than black paint, a few builders still find this practical solution unattractive.
Modern convenience is limited to an oversized access hole for installing CPU cooler support plates. Other convenience items, such as screw-free drive clips, are omitted to maintain the Three Hundred’s low price.
Below the 3.5” hard drive cage, a set of stands holds a single 2.5” drive. Antec added these to address SSD installation concerns at minimal cost.
Two 120 mm fan cages cover the six-bay hard drive cage. A more expensive version of this case includes lighted fans in both mounts.
One place where Antec’s quality focus can be easily seen is its use of front-panel ports and buttons that are attached to the metal chassis, rather than the plastic front panel. Unlike competing products, this design allows the front-panel to be removed easily and completely.
- 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?