The Antec Titan 550 server case is nothing flashy, nor should it be, although this isn’t to say the case isn’t attractive. The matte black and sturdy design is simple yet easy on the eyes. The Titan 550 is an incredibly customizable and sturdy case. There is enough room here for any configuration you can possibly dream up. I found no sharp edges or fabrication problems at all. Installation should be incredibly straightforward and simple. Ventilation is more than adequate, and when a pair of 92mm fans are used, cooling should never be an issue. I really liked the case door and the twin hinge system. this allows the user to open the door a full 270 degrees without worry of breaking it off, which is a great design that hopefully will be seen on other Antec models in the future.
Antec’s inclusion of the True Power 550W PSU makes this case a real sweet deal. There are not many companies out there that build better cases, and even fewer who build better power supplies. The True Power 2.0 is a great power supply that fits nicely in the tradition of Antec PSUs. Especially when you consider the inclusion of four SATA connectors, fan controllers, and the single PCI-Express power plug (two would have been nice for nVIDIA SLI systems).
On the negative side, i wish Antec had used aluminum for the drive bays and case door. After doing such an incredible job putting the titan 550 together, I think Antec really overlooked this aspect. The first impression someone gets when they see a case is the front panel, and when its constructed of plastic, it gives an impression of a cheap case, which the Titan 550 certainly is not. I also do not understand the Tri-Cool fan, to me at least, a fan controller is fairly useless when you have to open your case to use it. These are only a couple of very minor gripes that are easily overlooked when considering the overall package.
The Legit Bottom Line
I am blown away by the Titan 550, an incredibly sturdy case with lots of room and enough power to satisfy anyone. Those of you running dual processor systems, or who are in the market for a great server case would be wise to check out the Antec Titan 550.