The Antec Nine Hundred – Ultimate Gamer CaseThu, Apr 05, 2007 - 12:00 AM
Checking out the Nine Hundred
Straight off you’ll notice that the front of the case, the 5 ¼” bays are all perforated to increase airflow. Behind those mesh plates sit two 120mm fans with blue LED’s, each with a 3-way switch to increase or decrease the fan speed. The case also comes with a matching mesh grill for those in need of a 3 ½” device.
On to the side panel, we see that it has a plexiglass window and has a formed mount for an additional 120mm fan. The fan is not included so you’ll have to sort out your own matching blue LED fan if you so choose. The primary purpose of this fan is to provide additional cooling to those toasty video cards.
Once we have opened up the side panel we can see that the two drive cages are held in by 8 thumb screws, 4 on each side per cage. You also notice that the power supply is designed to be placed in the bottom of the case rather than the top. This allows the power supply to get cooler air as well as moves it out of the way for the biggest fan you’ve ever had in a case.
This 200mm beauty will make certain that your heatsink is running at peak performance! It also comes equipped with the 3-speed switch and running it at the medium setting provides great air flow and will still be much quieter than anything else you might put in the case. It is set up to exhaust hot air out of the top of the case and does a great job helping CPU coolers like the Tuniq Tower.
Almost lost in all the LED and giant fan glory is a normal 120mm fan in the rear of the chassis, which aides the 200mm fan in exhausting heat from the CPU cooler.
Attached to one of the drive cages we see a spot for another 120mm fan to aid in cooling those pesky video cards. Like the side panel mount, you’ll need to source your own 120mm fan to put in there.
Back on the outside of the case, the top of this cooling beast is the reset switch, a couple of USB ports, Firewire, front panel audio ports, and the system power switch on the right. Having all of these ports and switches on the top of the case is extremely handy and keep the front panels free of cables and cords to ensure that you’re getting optimal cooling for the drives and system components.