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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



 

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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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