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Written by Servando Silva   
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Desktop Case
Closer Look: ISK 310-150 Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: ISK 310-150 Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: ISK 310-150 Interior

Now let´s remove all those messy cables and look what we´ve got. The AC power cord is thick and big. That shouldn´t be necessary, but let´s hope it won´t interfere with the installation.


As you can see, there is enough room for a Mini-ITX motherboard. The motherboard screws are already there and there is a QA pass seal printed in the interior. The Flex-ATX PSU is mounted with a very personalized system and screws mixed with the exhaust fan at the right side of the ISK 310-150. Unluckily, if you want to remove the PSU you´ll need to remove the fans bracket first, and then the PSU mounting system. Please notice the plastic cover at the side of the 80mm fan. I´d recommend anyone to remove it even if you don´t install a fan in there. Your case will have better ventilation by using the honey-comb grills rather than a plastic cover sealing the heat inside of it.


Once removing the drives bay, you´ll have this little structure. On the right side, you can mount up to 2 2.5" drives (HDDs or SDDs) and below them there´s space for a slim optical drive (DVD or BD). The left squared side has no purpose at all, so I can´t really say it works for something other than (probably) cable management. You´ll have a closer look of this at the next section.


A closer look to the fans reveals the cable of the rpm controller. The plastic cover seems to be "easy" removable by pressing 3 push-pins at the corners but it isn´t. First, you need to remove the whole fan metal bracket. Other way, you won´t be able to remove the plastic cover and add a fan (or just to improve some air-flow) there. That´s a bad design, really.


This picture shows the exhaust fans at the right side of the ISK 310-150. Again, the left fan is based on a "special" designed structure for the PSU.


A closer look to the PSU reveals the next specifications: +5V:10A, +3.3V:8A, +12V:10A, -12V:0.2A, +5VSB:1.5A. It seems enough for our high-performance HTPC based on a Core i3/H55 platform. Keep in mind this PSU won´t support other than a low-end GPU. It doesn´t have PCI-E connectors either.


The front door opens with a little touch and reveals your optical drive. It will keep your front view clean even you´re not using a plated-colored drive.The ugly part is that it uses a push-clip to open and it´s not automatized.



# Safety EngineerPaul Parkinson 2010-05-16 15:47
This product does not meet the applicable safety requirements for a fire enclosure when used in the vertical position. DIY users can use it as they see fit however be for warned. However if something does happen you can sue Antec as they provided a vertical mount.
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# Fire EnclosureRalph 2013-07-28 03:12
Since when was your average PC case considered a "Fire Enclosure"????
And "applicable safety requirements" you must be joking.
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# RE: Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Desktop CaseCurious Zealot 2010-11-05 18:56
What about the noise? Are the fans silent? What about vibrations?

It would also be interesting to know the PSU efficiency. And how a video card fits in there :).
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# RE: RE: Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Desktop CaseServando Silva 2010-11-17 00:37
Hi Zealot,
the fans are very quiet indeed, especially if you put them on the lowest rpm. PSU efficiency isn't great as it's a very basic PSU. It won't even give you 80% efficiency as it's not certified. If you wan't a good PSU for your ITX system look for other options then. FSP has some nice low wattage PSUs with 80 plus certified efficiency.
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# CPU Coolernino 2011-07-16 13:44
Does anybody know the max. CPU cooler height?
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# RE: CPU Coolermmj 2011-12-07 20:16
I think if you need a CPU cooler, it's too high.

This would be designed for Atom boards with integrated CPU and heatsink I think. It looks like the power supply has to sit over the CPU area.
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# RE: RE: CPU Coolermmj 2011-12-07 20:19
Actually, I might be wrong, from the looks of this an LGA 1155 fits fine - pictured here with stock cooler. I'd imagine you'd be severely limited though - either the stock cooler or an AC Alpine 11 GT.
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# RE: RE: RE: CPU Coolermmj 2011-12-07 20:21
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# RE: Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Desktop CaseSomeone 2013-04-03 07:24
Can anyone tell me about what is inside mini desktop case?
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# RE: RE: Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Desktop CaseDavid Ramsey 2013-04-03 08:06
Have you tried reading the rest of the review, which has photos and descriptions of the interior?
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# RE: Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Desktop CaseDavid Lamkins 2013-11-22 12:48
FWIW, I just built a Haswell i7 system using this case.

I used the 65W TDP 4770S to reduce power consumption and cooling load. The rest of the system is fully-loaded: two HDDs, an ODD and even a GeForce 210-compatible display card.

The stock Intel CPU cooler fits just fine.

I replaced the Antec fan with a pair of PWM fans. It's worth noting that Antec changed the design of the plastic fan cover to be held in place with a couple of flat screws instead of the click tabs on the review unit. There was no need for me to disassemble the fan framework to swap fans. The 3-speed switch for the Antec fan simply clicks out of its rear-panel holder; no tools required. (If you wanted, you could add a second Antec fan with speed-control switch; the switch will click in to the reserved space on the rear-panel holder.)

Routing cables inside the case is tight, but not particularly difficult. I needed a couple of zip-ties to hold cables away from the CPU cooler.
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