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Pros: Fast, low power usage, and it stays cool with the stock fan and heatsink inside a case with proper ventilation and airflow.
Cons: My first processor was, surprisingly, DOA. In the 20 years I've been building PC's, I've come across my fair share of bad parts, but the processor has never been one of them until now. When my new system wouldn't fire up, I was convinced it was the motherboard, PSU, memory; anything other than the CPU. There's a first time for everything.
I RMA'd it with NewEgg and had my replacement in less than a week.
This review is from: Antec Gaming Series One Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: - The design is simple, clean, and functional. It has everything you need and nothing you don't.
- The PSU vent on the bottom of the case is a nice touch, as is the ability to add three extra fans.
- Case is nice, quiet, and cool, even fully loaded with fans.
Cons: - The bottom left corner on the back was dented, but not significant enough to be visible or problematic.
- The cable management holes on the backplate should have rubber grommets.
- The front panel wires and cables aren't long enough to be properly utilized in a true "cable-managed" fashion. Front panel headers are almost always located at the bottom of the motherboard, therefore if you really want to keep them totally out of sight and mind, they need to be arranged in a manner that goes around the drive cage while not interfering with any of the 5.25" bays. The USB cord makes it, but not the front audio, switches, or the LED wires. Sure, all motherboards are different, but these connections are going to be the farthest away from top front of the case no matter what you buy.
Other Thoughts: I really like Antec, but they continue to frustrate me with their line of cases that, with just a little extra effort, could be 'great' instead of just 'really good.'READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: They've definitely improved this case over the previous version that featured the silver face (that often came scratched to hell and back).
- The positioning of the front bezel so that the slim drive comes up directly to the surface is a nice touch as is the elimination of the obnoxiously bright power button.
- They switched the molex connector for the power LED in favor of direct connecting to the motherboard via pins.
- The case looks great and the 3-speed fan is nice and quiet.
Cons: - Antec is still using their incredibly inefficient and awfully unreliable 150w proprietary power supply in these cases. There are a number of standardized PSUs that not only offer more power, but would use less space.
- The wiring for the power LED is the same length as the other wires (power button, HD light, reset, etc..) yet isn't grouped with those wires (it's further to the left), therefore it doesn't quite have the same reach when you go to plug it in. Not sure what Antec was thinking here when it's well known that front panel pin connectors are all grouped together on any given motherboard (and have been since forever).
- The internal USB cords meet the front of the case right at the corner of the PSU, making it difficult to remove the PSU. Likewise, there's a lot of empty space between the PSU and the front bezel where these cords could be neatly tucked away, but its not possible with how they're mounted. The cords are also way too short.
- Some minor design tweaks to the motherboard placement and side fans would allow much better cable management. I'm not sure why most case manufacturers ignore the notion that a lot of these thin wires and cables can go underneath the mobo.
- The PSU cords should come out of the top or the side of the unit that faces the motherboard, not out the bottom where you have to bend and twist the wires around the unit to reach anything. C'mon, Antec. You're smarter than this.
- A grate on the top of the case would be nice to assist in venting CPU heat.
Other Thoughts: Antec has made some great improvements to this case, but there are still some questionable areas that makes me wonder if the people who designed this thing have ever actually used it. But hey, at least this one wasn't scratched!READ FULL REVIEW