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Antec NSK1480 Black / Silver Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 350W 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply

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  • Steel MicroATX Desktop
  • USB / Audio / e-SATA Front Ports
  • 350W 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
  • 1 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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2 out of 5 eggsGreat Case-HORRIBLE PSU-Buy something else!!

Pros: Quality construction on case itself with decent airflow.

Cons: HORRIBLE PSU which is proprietary to case which means that you are stuck with the useless PSU which is almost guaranteed to fail. First PSU lasted just about a year, and then submitted it for replacement through Antec. Replacement PSU lasted about two hours before it experienced such horrible power fluctuations that PC would shut down. Replacing case with one which can house a standard ATX PSU.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/7/2010 7:11:55 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPower supplies

Pros: None

Cons: I have deployed 27 Antec Minuete cases which use the same power supply.
These power supplies are so bad, that I keep 5 spares in stock.

Other Thoughts: It's a shame...Nice case, lousy power supply.

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  • richard o.
  • 5/7/2010 7:10:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: nice looking case with minimal face bays and plugs. Almost exactly what I was looking for. Typical Antec quality with nice fittings and go construction.
install was fairly easy with the anticipated wire and fitting issues that come along with a case this small. Nothing terribly frustrating. super tight fit with by MOBO GA-MA785GPM

Cons: I agree that the gray face was a mistake. too 179070's looking. Luckily I won my own sign company and cut out a matte black vinyl fascia for the front. Now it only has a slick gray pin-line on the face. Much nicer.

Other Thoughts: an option for a black face would have been nice. seems weird that is not so.

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  • Chong K.
  • 5/2/2010 9:49:57 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGreat Case, Beware PSU

Pros: Looks and cosmetics are top notch. It can be cramped inside but with proper cable routing, adequate air cooling can be achieved. The one 5.25" opening is better than the 5.25 and 3.5 opening in the older Minuet models. (These are practically the same just different front). The 2 eggs were deducted for the PSU (read below).

Cons: Having owned 2 Minuet models and one of these, I must say the PSU are utterly garbage. Of the three cases, I've gone through 5 power supplies. The original Minuet models died after 2 years and were replaced with the newer MT-350 80+ models. The NSK came with one already. One of the replaced PSU is now having fluctuations on the 12v line, and another has just died. It's a shame as the case is really nice. On top of that, being a proprietary size, you're pretty much stuck with Antec.

Other Thoughts: As the MT-350 PSUs die in these cases, I will be replacing the cases. It's a shame. I've had really great luck with Antec ATX size PSU but for some reason, their MT-350 models are utter garbage. I've never had something fail so many times (3 of 5). Poor QC on their part.

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  • Brandon H.
  • 4/26/2010 3:05:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice small form factor case

Pros: Well though out case. No sharp edges. Although it is a SFF case, the airflow and the case wiring shows intelligence. The powersupply included is Antec and 80 plus certified which makes the 100+ price worth it.

Cons: The front is a little bit ugly IMO...though not revolting. I am over battleship grey-all black would have been preferred. When I tightened the screws for the new case fans, some of the black power coating chipped off.

Other Thoughts: I was looking for a good small form factor case for an unobtrusive build that would accompany a projector. I liked the Dell Optiplex case and almost based my build on it, but didn't want to be limited by their mobo or power supply. I found this case and am very happy with it. The case fans are quiet at the low setting. The case did not evoke profanity during the build, so that is a plus. There is a crossmember that goes over the CPU socket, and my Dynatron heat sync hit is slightly. I shaved a bit of the cross piece with a Dremmel and it be careful when purchasing a heat sync. This case is perfect for a low profile build.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/18/2010 4:28:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood Case

Pros: - Form factor.
- Good power supply for the form factor (80+, Active PFC, 350W, +12V1@18A and +12V2@18A). Model MT-350.
- Build quality.
- Power button is not annoyingly bright.
- 3 80mmx80mmx25.4mm fans (Rated voltage 12V, Operating voltage 10.2V~13.8V) are supplied with the case and come pre-installed. Each has a setting for low, medium, and high. According to the manual, these are the specs for the fans at their various settings:
> High, 2000RPM, 79 CFM, 30 dBA, Input current 0.24A (Max)
> Medium, 1600 RPM, 56 CFM, 28 dBA, Input current 0.2A
> Low, 1200 RPM, 39 CFM, 25 dBA, Input current 0.13A

Cons: - Cable management is difficult due to the size of the case.
- The previous review mentioned the drive cage only accepts bottom mounted drives. I guess is the reason I had trouble figuring out how to install mine in the case (I must have done so incorrectly because my drive cage is now stuck...which I will fix later when I get some time).
- The case fans are still audible when set on low (my head is 3-4 feet away from case), although I do not find them obtrusive. When my TV or air conditioner turns on, they drown out the fan noise.

Other Thoughts: GIGABYTE GA-H55M-S2H
Core i3-530 w/ integrated graphics
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
WDCaviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

i3-530 using stock intel heatsink runs ~25C (stock voltages and clocks) at normal use (browsing the web + MS Word + pdf) inside the case.

There is roughly 1.25 inches (or ~1 inch if you keep the bar installed) of clearance between the TOP of the stock intel heatsink for i3-530 to the side of the case, so if you purchase a 3rd party heatsink make sure it fits.

If you purchase a video card that requires a 6 pin pci-e cable (sparkle 9800gt,sparkle 9600gt, etc) make sure to purchase an adapter since the power supply lacks the connector.

The case will only accept low profile video cards. I am still debating whether to purchase the Sapphire 4650 or Sapphire 5570.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the case, hence the 5 star rating.

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  • Chris S.
  • 4/18/2010 1:37:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: - Looks great, very nice finish
- Well built inside and out, very solid
- Lots of fans (4 80mm)
- Works great with the low-profile Scythe Big Shuriken CPU heatsink.

Cons: - Proprietary power supply, but this is common in small cases
- Can't use right-angle motherboard SATA connectors
- 5" drive bay faceplate is not on a hinge, so if you install a CD/DVD, the color won't match the rest of the silver faceplate
- Fans come with large 4-pin PSU-type connector, not 3 pin motherboard connectors
- Not much room to organize the many cables that come out of the PSU.
- 5" drive cage may block tall DIMMs if the motherboard memory slots are near the edge of the board. Not a problem with the MSI H55M-ED55

Other Thoughts: - For such a nice looking case, it's a shame that the bay cover is not on a hinge. This means any device you install there will ruin the nice look of the case.
- The SATA connector problem is a real design flaw. Many motherboards have SATA connectors at a right angle to the board. These will be unusable in this case because they are blocked by metalwork which is not removable.

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  • Ray L.
  • 4/16/2010 9:46:42 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAntec NSK1480

Pros: Antec quality built, sturdy, well engineered.

Cons: As it is often the case with small cases, you spend more time with cable management than setting the hardware. Drive cages only accept bottom mounted drives. I wanted to use an SSD and could not find a bracket with bottom holes. I had to have one manufactured by a machinist friend (a work of art!). Fan noise somehat high, even with fans set to low. Missing a 3.5" bay for a card reader for instance.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to put this case up against the NSK3480. The latter turns out to be the better.

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