Date: November 13th, 2006
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Nine Hundred has a distinctive profile and the matte black finish gives it a military/industrial quality that fits right in with its hardcore gamer persona. A huge amount of open area on the front should equate to excellent airflow and cooling. The chevron-shaped window and mesh delta provide visual interest and another cooling option, as we'll see shortly. The panels are steel and are held in place with black thumbscrews in the conventional manner.
The acrylic insert in the delta-shaped mesh allows the user to easily install a 120mm fan for increased airflow in the CPU/graphics card area. The inside of the panel, as well as the rest of the interior, is finished in the signature Antec blue gray color.
The most remarkable feature at the rear of the Nine Hundred is the unusual power supply placement. I frankly don't see any advantage (or disadvantage, for that matter) to having the PSU at the bottom of the case, but I'll hold any comments until after I've done an install. No power supply is included. Seven expansion slots, a chrome I/O shield that you probably can't use, and a 120mm exhaust fan complete the features in this area. The right panel is plain and featureless, so I won't bore you with a photo. Let's go right to the top, where the interesting stuff is happening.
An enormous 200mm TriCool exhaust fan dominates the top of the Nine Hundred, and the grille should provide plenty of open area to allow it to do its job.