|Antec Sonata IV Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Nate Swetland|
|Thursday, 10 March 2011|
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Antec Sonata IV Final Thoughts
The Antec Sonata IV is, as the name says, the fourth case in the Sonata line, so Antec has been able to hone their market and offerings for four generations. I think that this is a great looking case, and it really shows well for the Antec design team. The motto Elegantly Silent fits this case very well. The sleek black color paired with the muted features allow for an eye catching case without being garish or gaudy. Antec chose to include a mount for only one fan, which drastically keeps the noise level of the Sonata IV down.
As with many things in life, there are a few flaws. I think leaving out the ability to install more fans may keep the case silent, but also may prevent adequate air flow, and might allow your components to run hot. I feel that cable management was not necessarily a priority for this case. This may be because there are no windows on the case, but it is still an important part of a chassis, and could be improved. I also was not fond of the hard drive cage. I like when manufacturers try new things, but I think that in this case, the mounting mechanism is more complicated and cumbersome than it needs to be.
Antec Sonata IV Conclusion
The performance of this case was good. I did not notice a huge increase in temperatures between idle and load on my CPU. My idle/load temps for my Phenom II 1080T were 24/36 degrees Celsius. Over time, and after a long gaming session, however, I still have cause for concern that air is not being circulated correctly throughout the Sonata IV.
The Appearance of the Sonata IV is stunning. The flat black of the front is simple and elegant, and the glossy sides of the case look great. As I mentioned before, it is eye catching without being gaudy.
The construction of the Sonata IV is sturdy both inside and out. There is plenty of support inside the case, and the 0.8 SECC allows for strength without a lot of weight. I really was not pleased with all the sharp edges, though.
Functionality of the Sonata IV was pretty solid. The front I/O panel works great and everything installs easy enough inside the case. I think the hard drive cage was a bit too complex, but it still worked as designed. I would have liked to see the option for at least one more fan, as well as some better cable management options.
As far as Value goes, I think the Sonata IV is a bit overpriced. The included 620 watt power supply adds a lot of value to the case, $70 to be exact. The asking price is currently $159.99 at Newegg, and taking the power supply out of the equation, leaves it to be a $90 case, which is just a bit high in my opinion for what it offers.
If you are a fan of Antec, specifically a fan of the Sonata line, you may be a bit on the fence about the Sonata IV. While it is a great looking case, some of the internal parts of the case leave a bit to be desired. I think that maybe after the price comes down a bit, the Sonata IV will be a much more appealing case, but at the current price point, I think it should offer a bit more.
+ Great Looking
- Only mounts for one cooling fan
Final Score: 8.4 out of 10
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