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Written by Joey Peng   
Wednesday, 09 March 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Antec Six Hundred v2 Gaming Case
Six Hundred v2 Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Antec Six Hundred v2 Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Antec Six Hundred Conclusion

Antec Six Hundred v2 Gaming Case

Manufacturer: Antec, Inc.
Product Name: Antec Six Hundred v2 Mid-Tower Gaming Case
Model Number: Six Hundred (version 2)
Price As Tested: $89.95 at Newegg (before rebate) or $96.69 at Amazon

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Antec, Inc.

Antec has been in the PC enclosures business for over 25 years. They have many unique and creative cases such as the LanBoy and Skeleton. However, nothing is more iconic than their "Hundred" series gaming cases, from the low-end Antec One Hundred to the Antec Twelve Hundred full tower. In order to keep up with competition, Antec has been massively updating their line of products. This time it's the Six Hundred's turn. Out of the seven "Hundred" series gaming cases, the Antec Six Hundred v2 is the most balanced. It was designed to be simple but effective. Benchmark Reviews will test the Antec Six Hundred v2 and see where it stands among the fierce competition.

Being a mid-tower case, the Antec Six Hundred v2 supports all of the expected features. It supports ATX/micro-ATX/mini-ATX motherboards, has three 5.25" HDD bays, six 3.5" HDD bays, and two 2.5" SSD/HDD mounts. It can support graphic cards up to 11.5" long. In terms of functionality the Antec Six Hundred has everything you need for a mid-ranged tower.

However simply having the raw functionality isn't enough. The Antec Six Hundred v2 comes sells for $89.95 at Newegg (before rebate) or $96.69 at Amazon, so it is expected that there is work put into the design, performance, and usability of the case. Antec realizes that updates are necessary as there are growing numbers of sub-$60 mid towers that get the job done. Benchmark Reviews will be disassembling the Six Hundred v2 to see where the Antec Six Hundred stands today.

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Antec Six Hundred v2 Features

  • Bottom-mounted power supply isolates heat and noise
  • Front-loaded hot swap 2.5" drive caddy
  • Perforated front bezel delivers maximum air intake
  • CPU cutout allows for easy installation of CPU coolers
  • Windowed top panel for unique "moonroof" visibility
  • Windowed side panel with optional fan mount
  • Cable management compartment organizes cables discreetly
  • Front-loaded HDD cage for up to 6 hard disk drives
  • Cable management ties help keep your case tidier
  • Washable air filters for quick, easy cleaning
  • Power supply not included

Six Hundred v2 Specifications

Drive Bays

- 6 x internal 3.5" HDDs
- 3 x external 5.25" HDDs
- 1 x external front-loaded hot swap 2.5" SATA HDD caddy
- 1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD drive

Expansion Slots
7 Total
Cooling System - 1 x top 200mm TriCoolTM blue LED fan
- 1 x rear 120mm TwoCoolTM blue LED fan
- 2 x front 120mm fans for HDDs (optional)
- 1 x side 120mm fan for graphics cards (optional)
Front Ports

- 3 x USB 2.0
- Audio (AC'97 and HDA compatible) In and Out

Maximum video card size 11.5"/292mm (Note: some video cards may block access to the adjacent hard drive bay)
Motherboard Support Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
Unit dimensions - 491mm (H) x 212mm (W) x 492mm (D)
- 19.3" (H) x 8.3" (W) x 19.4" (D)
Package dimensions - 565mm (H) x 273mm (W) x 559mm (D)
- 22.25" (H) x 10.75" (W) x 22" (D)
Net weight 15.3 lbs / 6.9 kg
Gross weight 18.7 lbs / 8.5 kg



 

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# nothing beats....Juan pablo cuervo 2011-03-13 22:58
nothing beats the antec super lan boy case.
what a great case...

for rack mount & hdd reasons i use the thermaltake m9
but
i wish i could buy this one:
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# Question?Charles 2011-03-13 23:41
Why is the 200mm fan listed as "below expectations"?

You listed no expectations nor any measured results with it. I've personally tested this fan and have had the results posted it's more than good.

The bearing is either a sleeve (or variation of sleeve like Long Life Sleeve or Rifle.)
That's the only con of it.

Airflow to noise ratio on it is very good and it has little vibration even though the impeller is a tad undersized.
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# RE: Question?Charles 2011-03-13 23:43
For those wondering, airflow is around 55CFM with a sound pressure of 21dB(A) (@ a distance of 1 meter.)

Overall that's very good.
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# Re:Question?Joey Peng 2011-03-14 11:46
Thanks Charles for finding out that this is 55CFM (that's airflow measurement, higher = better).

Now the surprise is MANY $15-20 120mm fans deliver over 60+ CFM. In the end that one 200mm fan performs worse than a single 120 fan. But of course I mention in the review, and you pointed out to, that the only advantage is it being much quieter. Otherwise in terms of AIRFLOW it's 2-3 times less than a typical 2x120 fan installation.
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# Re:QuestionJoey Peng 2011-03-14 11:47
Forgot to stress that the 200mm fan goes at 800RPM while many 120mm fans go at 1600-2500RPM.
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# 200mm as Intake FanBruceBruce 2011-03-14 11:59
I really like how the 200mm intake fan on the side panel of my case pushes cool air over a wide area of the motherboard. As an exhaust fan, that is not a consideration. Only the noise performance is bettter.
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# RE: Re:Question?Charles 2011-03-14 12:39
I actually forgot to add that that is at the low setting (which the case comes stock at.)

High speed setting is around 75CFM/25dB(A)

Either way; for a case fan you don't need more than 50 CFM, More so as an exhaust in this location as you have both the rear and top exhuast fighting for air.

Use a case with matching 60 CFM fans all around, and then compare the temp results to a case with 50 CFM fans all around. You won't see much of a difference except that the 50CFM setup will be much quieter.
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# RE: Re:Question?Joey Peng 2011-03-14 19:55
Maybe we're focused too much on performance. It's actually ok, and extremely quiet. But fans definitely matter. Just think of the temperature difference you get by adjusting 40% to 100%. I posted the stats for typical fans later in comments. 2x 120mm fan will literally double to triple CFM.

Note performance score is 8.25, VALUE is 7.50. The key isn't performance is bad, there's just better ones at this price range. My Tempest Evo delivers much better idle temperatures under the same conditions.

Whether it's the fan, material, hard drives blocking intake fans, or something else I can only provide the available statistics and the results that I got.
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# Cooling Not BadComputer Ed 2011-03-14 04:47
While I was pretty rough as well on my review of the Six Hundred V2 the cooling was one area I could find no complaint in. I am not sure of what your testing revealed but mine showed that it was very close to a Nine Hundred when the two front fans where added.

Right now I have a small gaming rig built in this case with an X6 1075 and a GTX 460. With both pushed to load wioth folding the CPU has not broke 30C (Antec H2) for cooling) and the GPU has not give over 60C. These are great temps.

Otherwise I agree for the price point they could have done the interior in black and added behind the tray routing. At the very least included the two front fans.
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# Re:Cooling Not BadJoey Peng 2011-03-14 11:58
I'm not surprised cooling performance is similar to the Nine Hundred as case designs/fan is similar. However compared to other cases, the performance matches more of the $60 range than the $100 range cases.

Note I did install 2x additional front intake fans. Didn't mention in review.

The fan's airflow capability is explained in comments above. Quite plainly the 200mm is quieter and looks better but doesn't excel at performance.
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# Fan ExplanedJoey Peng 2011-03-14 12:04
Just a note for everyone (should've included this in review), CFM is measurement for airflow. The low performance review is because it doesn't meet its price expectations.

Charles pointed out the 200mm 800RPM fan for this case is about 55CFM.

A single 120mm 1600RPM fan is about 65CFM,
A single 120mm 2500RPM fan is about 100CFM,
One of the fastest 120mm fans can get to about 120CFM.

Clearly at this price-point, most cases can install 2x120mm fans, and the performance difference is clear.
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# Not bad, but expensive.Tai 2011-03-30 02:46
It's a decent case, but one could get an Antec 900/902 for just a tad bit more and the features/specs on the 900 series far outweigh this case.
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