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Antec Sonata Proto Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower
  • 2 x USB 3.0 / Audio Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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Introducing the Sonata Proto, the affordable Quiet Computing™ case - all the features and performance of the renowned Sonata line in a value enclosure. With nine drive bays, seven expansion slots, an intake air filter and world-famous quiet Sonata construction, the Sonata Proto is the ideal combination of silence, efficiency and affordability.


Features

Sonata Proto

Internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD drive

Sonata Proto

7 Expansion slots

Sonata Proto

Built-in washable air filter


Sonata Proto

120mm TwoCool™ two speed exhaust fan

Sonata Proto

Front mounted I/O ports: 2 x USB 3.0, Audio In and Out (AC'97 and HDA compatible)

Sonata Proto

Double hinge door allows the door to open upto 225 degrees

Specifications

Model Sonata Proto
Case Type Mid Tower Case
Color(s) Silver/black
Cooling System
  • 1 x rear 120mm TwoCool™ exhaust fan
  • 1 middle fan (optional)
Drive Bays
  • 10 drive bays:
  • External 3 x 5.25"
  • External 2 x 3.5"
  • Internal 4 x 3.5"
  • Internal 1 x bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD drive
Front Ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Audio In and Out (AC'97 and HDA compatible)
Expansion Slots
  • 7 expansion slots
PSU Not included
Motherboard Support Standard ATX, Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX
CPU Cutout No
Cable Management  
Side Panel Features Not Included
Dimensions
  • Unit Dimensions (H x W x D):
  • 16.7 x 8.1 x 18.2"
  • 425 x 206 x 463mm
  • Package Dimensions:
  • 19.5 x 10.5 x 21.5"
  • 495 x 267 x 546mm
Weight
  • Net Weight: 20.2lbs (9.1kg)
  • Gross Weight: 25.7lbs (11.6kg)
Special Features

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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • JIGANG Z.
  • 8/2/2015 9:27:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsa good simple ase

Pros: Simple and good for a quiet build.

Cons: The only problem I had is the front drive bay covers are very loose.

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  • Mike C.
  • 5/3/2015 11:19:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Tower

Pros: I like the design and just right size.

Cons: It was bit tight inside but most of hardware fit inside.. It was not really con.

Other Thoughts: My video card is 10.5 inch ling. It has about 1/2 inch spare. I knew it was be bit tight. I checked to make a sure. It did fit very well inside of the tower.

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  • Zhanxi D.
  • 3/27/2015 7:38:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Quality As Usual

Pros: Reasonable price for mid tower case. I am looking for a not big size mid tower and Antec Sonata is perfect. I have used Antec Sonata computer case since 2004. This one is newer than my existing case, and its quality has been transferred from old generation to new generation.

Cons: None.

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  • Terry M.
  • 3/17/2015 2:09:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet, Well Built, Nice Drive Rails and Door

Pros: A very classy looking case - nice USB 3.0 update to the Sonata III (which I also have). The best 3.5" internal drive trays I've ever used - they mount 3.5" drives from the bottom (so be aware for 2.5" adapters). Great door (which I need this to keep little fingers out). I like the old style top mount PSU. With a little work, cable management is actually quite good with room above the PSU and top 5.25" bay and room behind the 3.5" drive bays.

Cons: The only real problem I've had with these cases is the new motherboards that have "90 degree" SATA ports that come off the back edge of the board - this case has two cutouts that line up with the MB and allow SATA cables to pass behind the 3.5" drive bays (perfect) but some full size MBs don't line up with those slots and some SATA ports become unusable. One more cutout at the bottom would be very welcome.

Other Thoughts: This is a "quiet" case - if you need "super cooling" get a case w/ multiple front 120mm fans and a big top exhaust (my Antec Three Hundred gets the job done but is MUCH louder). For a non-gamer build this is the perfect balance between cooling and quiet - I love the "internal" 120mm fan that draws air across the drives and blows directly on the RAM, MB heatsink, and graphics card without being noisy on the front of the case - all the noise it out the rear.

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  • Dwight B.
  • 11/11/2014 11:50:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSimple and Effective

Pros: ORGANIZED
This is an excellent simple case. I was able to keep wires tucked out of the way on the two units I built with this case model despite not having a modular power supply.

NICE HARD DRIVE SLOTS
The drive bays are accessed from the side rather than front-to-back which allows you to remove them without interfering with motherboard components such as installed video cards, SATA ports, and motherboard power cables being the most common in my experience.

Additionally, the hard drives have a vibration-absorbing rubber that separates them from the removable hardware.

PLENTY OF SPARE HARDWARE
These cases come with plenty of extra posts for various motherboard sizes, screws for components, and the special screws required to mount your hard drives to the bays.

Cons: Only one side panel can be removed. I would have preferred to be able to access cable-routing areas by removing both panels. (And the likely uncommon desire to manage hard drive cables without removing the entire hard drive unless it was possible to install the hard drives backward, but it didn't look like the cables would fit that way.)

Other Thoughts: Power button is behind the lockable front panel which is inconvenient for users that like to power off their machines frequently. I didn't notice when I ordered it because I was focused on the interior layout. On the upside you (or your pets) are unlikely to accidentally power off the PC.

You'll need a right-angle SATA cable to connect hard drives in their case slots due to the width constraints.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/3/2014 5:42:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Case

Pros: This case is simply fantastic. It includes a ton of screws and standoffs, has great build quality, rubber HDD mounts to absorb vibration, and includes a 120mm fan preinstalled at the rear outtake. The fan isn't amazing, but reasonably quiet on the low speed setting.

Cons: While it's an amazing case for most builds, for higher-end builds this wouldn't be ideal. Being a "quiet" case, it's pretty lacking in airflow options -- only a front intake and rear outtake. Also, the motherboard tray is not removable, and there isn't much for cable management.

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  • Sven T.
  • 6/17/2014 8:46:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEggcellent Case, but...

Pros: There is absolutely nothing that I do not like about the case, with one minor note. The build quality is second to none. The drive trays are amazing.

This is an "adult" case without all the flashing lights that scream 12-year old.

Cons: This case has limited cooling. Stock there is only a single 120mm fan at the rear, and an internal (useless) mount for a second 120mm fan. To achieve somewhat adequate cooling, I replaced the Antec 120mm fan, with a much thicker (38mm vs 25mm), higher flow fan. This helped. Ultimately, I had to modify the case to achieve the desired results.

Other Thoughts: First off, I am not a gamer, but use my computer for intensive graphic and video editing. Thus, the cooling requirements can be high due to the necessary hardware. To make the case flow properly, I cut a 120mm fan opening in the top, and also a 120mm fan opening on the door. In addition, I directly ventilated the CPU (no provision for liquid cooling) with a snorkel from another case, 92mm fan, and opening in door to mount such.

The result: Even under heavy use (all 8 cores, overclocked to 3.9ghz at 100% use) running for hours encoding video, interior case temperatures rose 3c above ambient, while CPU temperature rose to only 48c. Once task was complete, interior temperature was within 2c above ambient, and CPU temp 1c higher than interior.

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  • Steven K.
  • 2/22/2013 9:05:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOk

Pros: Good for office case. Most others are full of buzzing twirling LED light shows with clear windows. Who likes that stuff anyway?

Cons: Like this whole line of Antec cases the 5.25" blanks are not held in well enough. How hard is it to fix? The front USB 3.0 harness to motherboard is practically nonexistent and do not provide any adapters. I'm going to have to manually make jumpers after finding the pinouts. What a pain! These are real problems for a premium case. I still continue to buy these, but the USB problem needs to be resolved asap -like send an adapter or do not mold those harnesses on.

Other Thoughts: Other reviewer claimed HD sleds smash cables. Try mounting the hard drive the other way, buddy.

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  • roger f.
  • 12/17/2012 9:45:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAntec, please read other thoughts

Pros: Lots of places to hide cables. Big plus.
Slide in drive bays. 3.5” are nicely designed.

Installed a Sapphire HD 7950. Barely fit.

3.5” slide in bays! Silicone rubber grommets are **Highly Effective**, especially the Antec ones. If you have never used them [esp in a multi drive] install, then you will be very happy with the reduction in noise levels. Nearly gone is the head access vibration, a very welcome change [RAID 10].

Power supply is on the top.

Decent airflow with one big video card [HD 7950]. I selectivity use slot covers to tuning airflow, especially with a semi-vented video card.

Cons: Horizontal brace is riveted in place. Swapping the power supply with a larger/taller CPU cooler inplace will most likely require removing the motherboard. Nor you can install the power supply last if there is a tall CPU cooler. The brace ought to be removable in the event the power supply fails or you need to upgrade.

Brace removed all is good. Repairability outweighed its utility.

Door. Low utility.

The 3.5” drive bays. Move down 2cm and improve airflow over the top of the top drive. A taller case taller would mitigate the problem with the brace, top 3.5” airflow and the unacceptable airflow for the bottom PCI-E video card [see below].

Not an SLI case. A bottom 2x wide video card air flow is compromised to an extreme degree. The lowest slot is about 1cm from the bottom of the case and placing a card in the lowest SLI/Crossfire slot is a very bad idea.

Other Thoughts: If you use more than one of the 5.25 bays you will have cabling problems. Mitigated by having a modular power supply. Hiding excess cabling in the unused 5.25 bays is the way to go.

SSDs mount in the either of the front 3.5” slide-out drive bay. Why would *anyone* put the SSD at the bottom?

Build--
One video card
One sound card
One DVD burner
Modular power supply with flat cables [read pcpower modstream III]
RAID 10 7200RPM drives

It is really difficult to find a case that combines features that work really well. Many large cases force you tol struggle to install a modern 3D card.

Antec. Please continue building cases with silicone rubber drive mounts and the slide out drive bays.

Antec. Please build cases a few centimeters deeper to accommodate today's oversized video cards.

Antec. Please build cases to accommodate easy removal and replacement of the power supplies.

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  • Donavan M.
  • 12/4/2012 2:13:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdrive mounts were hard to figure out

Pros: Overall great looking case

Cons: The system of mounting the harddrves to the little clear rubber mounts was difficult to figure out without ANY instructions. I kept trying to mount the drive to the rails provided that are attached to the back of the cd drive covers and then slide into the HDD rails....

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