|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 Conclusion
The Antec Six Hundred v2 is a revised case tweaked to be placed back in competition with newer products. Most revisions tend to offer significant improvements in terms of usability, performance, or visual design. In this case however the only notable difference is the change from a front-loaded hot swap 3.5" SATA hard drive caddy to a 2.5" one. In a way it kind of feels like a rebrand more than anything.
The Six Hundred v2's performance is slightly weak for its price. By default only two exhaust fans are included and no intake fans are installed. Even with two extra intake fans installed the Antec Six Hundred v2's performance isn't mind blowing. CPU temperatures are in line with competition. However GPU temperatures are quite a bit higher, as the 200mm exhaust fan is just too slow. One upside is that without additional fans, the Antec Six Hundred v2 becomes almost inaudible, a perfect roommate. One problem the case may run into in the long run is dust. The only area properly protected with dust filters is the front. The top fan does not have a dense mesh and dust will definitely be drifting in whenever the computer is off.
In this update I was hoping for some significant visual improvements. The most popular being a unified paint job. However there were no visual adjustments of any sort made. Overall it's a hit or miss type of design. The top looks great with built-in lighting and the moonroof. In a darker surrounding only key components like the rims and well-lit fan stand out, looking quite good. But any PC owner wishing to put the case out on display will reveal certain aspects that make the Six Hundred v2 seem cheap, like the grey plastic and white unpainted steel.
An area that's outstanding for the Antec Six Hundred v2 is the construction and build. The hook system for front covers and panels allow easy access to dust filters and fan covers without need for brute force and frustration. The interior is simple, but solid nonetheless. As long as the rims aren't used for lifting the case, the Six Hundred v2 should be able to easily last past Antec's impressive three year warrantee.
For a mid-tower case all the basic functionality is there. The Six Hundred has space for installing reasonable amounts of drives and has plenty of room for multiple graphics cards at the tradeoff of hard drive bays. The two 2.5" drive mounts are the only "extras" you get with the case. Unfortunately that's all. There's no tool-less design, no eSata/Firewire/USB 3.0, limited cable management features.
Throughout the review I've been pointing out things the Antec Six Hundred v2 is missing or could've done better. It happens to be important because the case is a revised edition that costs $89.95 at Newegg (before rebate) or $96.69 at Amazon. That's not a particularly competitive price given how many sub-$60 cases there are that look great and offer the "basic functionality" that the Six Hundred v2 does. Of course compared with those cases, the Six Hundred v2 has quite a couple more features going for it, including the external 200mm fan, a nice frame design, external fan controls, and a moonroof. But when comparing with other $100 cases the performance is only mediocre, the appearance is outdated and incomplete because of the paint job, and interior features are next to none.
Overall I don't think Antec changed the original design enough. The Antec Six Hundred v2 is a solid case but at the current price there are better options. Unless you love the appearance or prefer the simple interior design, it's probably better to wait for a price adjustment, a larger update to the series, or look for alternatives.
+ Built-in lighting
- Visually incomplete
Final Score: 8.35 out of 10.
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