Antec Six Hundred v2 Gaming Case

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Aron Schatz
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March 24, 2011
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Antec Six Hundred v2 Gaming Case
The Antec Six Hundred v2 is an interesting looking case, but it falls flat on some certain design elements. Look at other Hundred series cases from Antec instead.

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Introduction

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Antec is one of those names in the computer industry that is known for quality. Their cases and power supplies are usually at the head of the pack and when they release new product, other companies pay attention. The Hundred series of cases are gaming built and there are a few models in the series. Antec recently released the Six Hundred v2 and we're here to show you what's good and bad about the case. Sometimes things just fall a bit short of the goal.

About Antec

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Antec, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of quiet, efficient and innovative products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.

Antec’s offering of enclosures includes a wide range of cases, such as its advanced Performance One Series, economical New Solution Series and VERIS family of media components designed for the home theater PC market. Antec’s products also include front line power supplies, such as its premium Signature Series, powerful TruePower Quattro Series and EarthWatts, one of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are designed for the gaming demographic, like the premier gamer enclosure: the Nine Hundred. Antec also offers a line of computer accessories comprising many original products, including its patented LED fans and notebook cooling solutions.

Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as well as in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China and Taiwan. The company’s products are sold in more than 40 countries throughout the world.

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/?page=info
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Packaging

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Remember that cases are unlike most of components. While the majority of computer components can deal with a bit of punishment in shipping, cases are more fragile. They can dent and shipping problems cause all sorts of physical damage. Antec uses two boxes for shipping.

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The retail packaging is inside the other box. Even if the Six Hundred v2 is shipped in this box, the padding around the case should be enough protection. The front of the box shows what you are buying.

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The back gives you more reference angles of the case and additional specifications.

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You will find the Six Hundred neatly packed in thick foam to prevent any shipping damage. Antec has been making cases for a long time so this is standard practice for them.

Specifications

  • Bottom-mounted power supply isolates heat and noise
  • Front-loaded hot swap 3.5" SATA hard drive caddy
  • Perforated front bezel delivers maximum air intake
  • CPU cutout allows for easy installation of CPU coolers
  • Windowed top panel for unique "moonroof" visibility
  • Windowed side panel with optional fan mount
  • Cable management compartment organizes cables discreetly
  • Front-loaded HDD cage for up to 6 hard disk drives
  • Cable management ties help keep your case tidier
  • 10 drive bays
  • - 6 x internal 3.5" HDDs
  • - 3 x external 5.25" HDDs
  • - 1 x external front-loaded hot swap 3.5" SATA HDD caddy
  • 7 expansion slots
  • Cooling system
  • - 1 x top 200mm TriCool™ blue LED fan
  • - 1 x rear 120mm TwoCool™ blue LED fan
  • - 2 x front 120mm fans for HDDs (optional)
  • - 1 x side 120mm fan for graphics cards (optional)
  • Front ports
  • - 3 x USB 2.0
  • - Audio (AC'97 and HDA compatible) In and Out
  • Washable air filters for quick, easy cleaning
  • Maximum video card size: 11.5"/292mm (Note: some video cards may block access to the adjacent hard drive bay)
  • Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
  • Power supply not included
  • Unit dimensions
  • - 491mm (H) x 212mm (W) x 492mm (D)
  • - 19.3" (H) x 8.3" (W) x 19.4" (D)
  • Package dimensions
  • - 565mm (H) x 273mm (W) x 559mm (D)
  • - 22.25" (H) x 10.75" (W) x 22" (D)
  • Net weight: 15.3 lbs / 6.9 kg
  • Gross weight: 18.7 lbs / 8.5 kg
  • Amazon Link
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Marketing Summary

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Pure, Simple Gaming Design.

The Six Hundred gaming case is designed for gaming purists. Those who appreciate lean, focused gaming engineering. Those who know what they want. And what they don't. The Six Hundred is pure, simple gaming design at its finest. With new features like a built-in hot swap hard drive caddy, CPU cutout and top panel "moonroof" design, the Six Hundred doesn't skimp on the flash. But when the going gets tough, the core features of the Six Hundred are what you'll be crying out for: a hard-hitting cooling system that includes a 200mm overhead TriCool™ blue LED fan; plus a perforated front bezel for swift airflow. With the Antec Six Hundred, you can float like a butterfly and sting like a nuke.

http://store.antec.com/Product/enclosure-gear_for_gamers/six-hundred/0-761345-15260-0.aspx


Package Contents

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Antec packages in some literature, cable management ties, and plenty of screws along with the case. When you buy a case, it is so important to have enough screws and Antec gives you plenty. It is always terrible when a company skimps on the screws. Like other, newer, Antec cases, there are a set of 2.5" drive screws for the bottom of the case.
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Six Hundred v2 Exterior

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The Six Hundred is a mid-sized case and falls into the mainstream or budget line of gaming cases. Traditionally, a gaming case is a high-end case, but Antec is pushing into more budget friendly areas with the new designs. Since this is a mid-size tower, you sacrifice some expansion and drive bays. Most builds won't miss the extra options, though.

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A theme on the Hundred series of Antec cases are the mesh airflow covering the drive area. On the Six Hundred, it is relegated to the bottom of the case where the hard drives would be mounted. The part just above the mesh area is an external SSD mounting system. This is a very strange addition since most people probably won't be using a SSD as removable storage and you should NEVER leave your SSD hanging out of the case and available for anyone to grab. There are three optical drive bays.

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Once you pop the front of the case off, you can see the mesh filter that can be removed and cleaned. You need to take the front off to install the optical drives. Two optional 120mm fans can be installed in front of the drive bays.

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There are no USB 3.0 ports here, only 3x USB 2.0 ports. Two indication LEDs (power and HDD), the reset button, audio ports, and the power button round out the top-front portion of the case.
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Six Hundred v2 Exterior Cont'd

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Notice behind front on the top of the case? That's a "moonroof" window for seeing into the case from the top. The problem is that the optical drive will block the moonroof's view. There is a giant 200mm fan on top of the case that is housed in a plastic bracketed part. Don't lift the case by these brackets, seriously. Even though you can, it might break. Even Antec says not to.

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Starting from the top, there is a fan controller for the back and top fans. You can turn on the lights independently from the speed. Unlike Antec's high-end cases, the I/O brackets are sharp and need to be broken out. This makes sharp areas to cut yourself on and makes the case feel a bit cheaper. There are seven expansion slots and the power supply location is at the bottom of the case. This is now standard for Antec's high-end cases. There are two watercooling holes that you'll need to break yourself and they'll be nice and sharp.

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The window side is nice enough and shows off a good portion of the insides of the case. There is a 120mm fan mount on the side that would be located directly on the graphics card. Antec also gives you rubber washers on this mount to cut down on the vibration and the noise.
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Six Hundred v2 Interior

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The Antec Six Hundred v2 is a fairly standard mid-sized case, internally. You get plenty of expansion and plenty of space to stuff wires out of the way. There is a giant CPU cooling mounting hole cut out from the motherboard area and a secondary hole near the PSU, which is covered by the power supply. There are no real wire management holes, so you'll end up routing cables in front.

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The case is installed with motherboard mounting brackets for mini-ATX motherboards. Antec gives you plenty of extra mounts for full size ATX boards. The back of the Six Hundred has the pre-installed 120mm fan along with the I/O plate (remove by breaking) and expansion slots. The slots are the remove by bending type so you'll have to be weary of sharp edges. You can see the fan controller at the top in this shot.

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The power supply is mounted on the bottom of the case. This is now standard for Antec cases and should be fine for most power supplies that are currently made. If you have an older power supply, some of the cables might not be long enough to reach the plug, but we don't think this will be an issue for most people. Notice the expansion slots and the breakaway design.
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Six Hundred v2 Interior Cont'd

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The hard drive area is offset to give you more area behind the cage to stuff wires. Most cases keep the cage centered, but the Six Hundred has the right idea. Most people won't be filling up the drive area anyway, so there will be plenty of space to stuff wires in the cage itself. The single 2.5" drive mount is located on the bottom of this picture.

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There are 3x 5.25" drive bays in the Six Hundred v2 and the external SSD bay is located just below it. External SSD slots are really strange and we don't recommend using them if your computer is out for people to easily grab stuff from. The SSD has some supports, but you'll be putting more pressure on the drive connections since the rails don't hold the drive that well.

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The top 200mm fan exhausts heat from the case. Top fans are fairly common on gaming cases and the giant fan trend really started with the original Nine Hundred from Antec.
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Installation and Use

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We opted to use some older hardware in this build for a few reasons. The major one is that our other hardware was being used for other projects, but you get the idea about the size of the case with this build. Antec sent along a High Current Gamer 750 watt power supply for use in this system. It looks great with the red accents on the bottom. It isn't modular, so you'll be sticking the extra wires anywhere they can fit. We stuck them below our mounted hard drive. There is a SSD mounted on the bottom and a single optical drive.

Without wire management holes, we couldn't really route cables out of the way, but there is enough space to jam them in anywhere. We generally don't bother with wire management anyway. Regarding the sharp bits of the case, I didn't cut myself on it. Just be careful and you should be fine. We are spoiled by the internal paint jobs on other cases. Not only does it look good, but it covers up any sharp edges.



The video gives you a better presentation of the case and we've included how the fans sound and the case lighting looks while in use. Please check it out and give us some feedback.

Conclusion

The Antec Six Hundred v2 case retails for about $100 (Amazon Link) and it is targeted at the mainstream to budget gaming market. There are some issues with the case, in general, but it was an okay product overall. Antec makes its own cases that compete with the Six Hundred and we feel that there are better cases to spend your money on. Still, the case has a pretty unique look and the features that are missing may not mean much to some people. If that's the case for you, it is a pretty good enclosure. Still, we'd have liked to see a 3.5" swappable bay (very useful) and some wire management cut outs for the motherboard tray. Maybe the third version of the case will sport some needed changes to really hit a home run. For now, try not to get your hands cut on the sharp edges.

ASE Publishing would like to thank Antec for making this review possible.

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