|Antec Six Hundred v2 Gaming Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Wednesday, 09 March 2011|
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Antec Six Hundred v2 Interior
Being a revised case, there are high expectations for the Antec Six Hundred v2 to have worked out all the engineering quirks. During disassembly we can see some of the work Antec did to make the Six Hundred easy to work with. Unlike many other cases, brute force is not needed for taking off the front frame. Instead, there are plastic "hooks" that you simply push and release from the inside after taking off the side panels.
The front has a steel mesh paired together with a much finer dust filter. There can be up to two intake fans installed right at the front so dust prevention is extremely important. These pieces can be cleaned with a quick rinse and reattached immediately.
After removing the Six Hundred v2's front covers you will get access to the drive bays. The hook mechanic is used here too for easy access to the fan holder. Antec made an interesting design choice to use only two screws on opposite sides for attaching all the 120mm fans. The other two corners have place holders to fit in the screw hole, locking it in place.
The side panels are held in place using four metal thumbscrews. Upon removing we find the interior completely unpainted. The Antec Six Hundred was designed to have ample room for installing some of the latest graphics cards on the market including the HD5870. It allows graphics cards up to 11.5" long. However, any full sized graphic card will block up to two drive bays on the right. It's a tradeoff of two hard drives per graphics card. Only cards less than 10" can be guaranteed to not interfere with hard drive installation.
On the other side the Six Hundred has a narrow passage for looping wires at the bottom. A CPU cutout is present for easier installation of CPU coolers. There's no cable management of any sort other than a single pre-pasted plastic cable holder. The case is quite wide so there's room to play around with. Some extra cable holders are recommended to avoid wiring disasters.
Antec seems to have given the exterior frame a lot more consideration than the interior, or perhaps it was a conscious choice to do so. The exterior mechanics and engineering shows thought and overall it gives a great impressio. The interior on the other hand is plain, has no paint, tool-less designs or cable management features. In the next section Benchmark Reviews will take a closer look at interior, test the case, and discuss the Antec Six Hundred v2's performance.