Antec Six Hundred V2 PC Case ReviewFri, Feb 25, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Introduction – The Antec 600 v2
A little over a month ago we announced the Antec Six Hundred v2 on Legit Reviews. Today, we have that very same case to look at and give our opinion on. The Antec 600 v2 is a slight redesign of the original Antec 600 featuring some new attributes like a larger storage hole for cables, front hot-swap 2.5″ bay, top mounted “moon roof” window, and a CPU-Backplate cut out for aftermarket cooler installation, like the Antec Kühler 620.
Antec offers us a nice little introduction about what this case is, and what it’s all about:
high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC
upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced the Six Hundred V2,
the latest addition to Antec’s line of gaming cases. The Six Hundred V2
occupies the mid-range space, both in terms of price point and
performance attributes, and is designed for gaming purists looking for
simple gaming design.”
So it’s obvious we’ve got budget mid-tower on our hands, designed with gamers in mind. Right now this case comes in at $95.41 at its lowest. A unique point about this case, though, is that it carries Antec’s “Quality 3 Year Warranty.” In comparison to other companies, this is much longer as the standard warranty is usually only a year long.
Here we have the front of the box of the Antec 600. The front of the box is rather basic, giving us a nice feature overview. That little diagram is a nice picture of where the 2.5″ hot-swap bay is located with logos on top to let you know this case is designed to be quiet and SSD compatible. Off the bat we can tell it’s SSD compatible but I’ll put that claim of “quiet” to the test using my Tenma sound meter with a bit of subjective input later on.
Here we have the back of the box for the 600 v2; it’s got all of its features listed in 6 different languages so I’ll outline them here for you:
Antec Six Hundred V2 Chassis Specifications
- Bottom Mounted PSU to isolate heat and noise
- This doesn’t make sense to me as the case doesn’t feature anything to reduce vibration, nor does it feature a vent so the PSU would operate on its own closed air loop.
- A small note, but there is no actual caddy, you are sliding drive in bare.
- A second note, to actually use this bay as a hot-swap bay you need to configure the SATA port it is connected to in ACHI mode
- 6 x Internal 3.5″ Bays
- 3 x external 5.25″ bays
- 1 x external 2.5″ hot-swap bay
- 1 x top mounted 200mm Tri-Cool Blue LED Fan
- 1 x rear mounted 120mm TwoCool Blue LED Fan
- 2 x (optional) front mounted 120mm fans
- 1 x (option) side panel mounted 120mm fan
- 3 x USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x Headphone 3.5mm Jack AC’97 & HD Audio complaint
- 1 x Microphone 3.5mm Jack AC’97 & HD Audio complaint
- A small note; but there is only one air filter mounted in front of the 3.5″ Rack and 120mm optional fans
- Mini ITX
- Standard ATX
Here’s the side of the 600 v2’s box. The bullet points are multi-lingual and go over features already listed; 200mm top fan (1), hot swap 2.5″ bay (2), washable air filter (3), and perforated front bezel for better airflow (4).
Here we have the second side of the Antec 600 v2’s box. It is multi-lingual as well, with a brief paragraph (the same as up top) describing the purpose of the 600 v2 in the market.
Overall the box for the case is sturdy though a bit heavy; shipping weight is 19.1Lbs while the actual weight of the case is 15.6Lbs. So it has around 3.5Lbs of packaging which translates into protection for the case. While it may seem like a bit much, this is something I personally love to see as it reassures me that the case will not show up dented or beat up even if the box has some nicks or dents.
Let’s move on and unbox the case to see what it’s all about.