|Antec Six Hundred v2 Gaming Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Wednesday, 09 March 2011|
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Detailed Interior Features
In this section we take a closer look at the interior of the Antec Six Hundred v2. In all honesty what Antec managed to perfect isn't usability or design, but minimizing material usage. The interior has a plain steel design with no moving parts. All drives need screws to lock them in place. There's about half a dozen different types of screws that came with the case, numerous in numbers.
The only room for stashing cables and wires is at the lower half of the Six Hundred v2, right behind the six 3.5" HDD bays. There's also room to mount an internal 2.5" SSD drive at the bottom of the case should you choose. The screws and rubber anchors are included.
Antec went with the popular bottom-mounted PSU in the Six Hundred v2. However, in a strike of differentiation, there's no PSU vent. The exhaust faces outside so it doesn't affect other components. However the PSU temperature may be slightly higher since it's drawing in warm air in the case.
After disassembling the Antec Six Hundred v2, it is time to migrate components into the case.
My system consisted of a Micro-ATX motherboard, Intel i7-920 CPU, and NVidia GTX 285 (10.5" length). Overall installation was easy. Even though there was very little cable management available, the case has a lot of room to work with. Notably the top of the case has plenty of room for large CPU heatsinks thanks to an external roof fan. For me the GTX 285 blocked off two HDD slots. There's still additional room so graphics card up to 11.5" should fit without problem. However if you want to keep the HDD slots then the graphics card must be less than 10".
The cooling performance was however a little disappointing, even with two 120mm fans installed in the front. Due to a low RPM 200mm top fan, cooling performance is only marginally better than one 120mm fan at 2500RPM, and worse than two. The CPU temperature is in line with competing cases due to its proximity to the two exhaust fans. However GPU temperatures are less impressive. My GTX285 idles at about 42 degrees Celsius. My previous case mid-tower case of this size, the NZXT Tempest Evo ($8 more expensive), kept GPU temperatures at 32 degrees Celsius with 100% fan speed. Naturally the Six Hundred v2 is quieter as you have a larger fan at slower speeds, but that's a pretty big performance difference when you consider the two cases to be in the same price range.
The Antec Six Hundred v2 doesn't have much to show off in the interior. Installation is straightforward but requires some trial and error with different types of screws. Performance is mediocre. After testing the case I really can't help but feel that no matter how good the Antec Six Hundred was when it was first introduced, the v2 update really is too small and doesn't give much of an upgrade at all.