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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

Six Hundred v2 Exterior

The Antec Six Hundred v2 is considered a minor update to the series. There are no significant visual differences, as most of the updates went to tweaking the engineering. This isn't a tool-less design so it can be expected that all drives are locked in place using old fashion screws.

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Antec's "Hundred" Series cases all share a similar look and feel. The design tends emphasize the use of straight lines and thick rims. The Six Hundred v2 has a steel-based frame with plastic rims. The rims are for visual benefit only and cannot be used as a handle for lifting the computer as it doesn't support the weight.

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As a typical mid-tower gaming case, the Antec Six Hundred v2 has three external 5.25" HDD bays, with the capacity to still two front intake fans. What's different is the external front-loaded hot swap 2.5" SATA HDD caddy.

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The Antec Six Hundred v2 has some areas where fine touches were omitted, touches that could have easily made the case better. One of these areas is the paint job. Antec decided to skip painting the interior and back of the case. It's slightly odd for an updated case with see-through window to omit such a change.

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The Antec Six Hundred v2 has a total of seven expansion slots and has support for water cooling systems. The Six Hundred v2 comes with two fans, and by default they are connected to a custom fan control at the back of the case. At the top there are three switches each controlling one of lighting, top fan, and back fan. Unfortunately being located on the back of the case is a usability issue, especially for cases tucked under a desk.

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The Antec Six Hundred v2 has a solid exterior. There hasn't been much update to the main visual components. It's unfortunate that the interior and back still isn't painted, as it could've made the case seem that much more complete.



 

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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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