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 (cont'd)
Antec has provided a small tray for your mp3 player, phone or other items, but don't put your beer, Bawls or other beverage here! Reset and power buttons flank the customary audio, FireWire and USB ports in a panel canted at a slight angle for ease of use. If you prefer to place your computer on the floor, this is a very nice feature. A tiny blue HDD activity LED lives just to the right of the small reset button.
What appears to be a pretty plain interior actually holds some nice surprises. The drive area houses two HDD cages for a total of six hardies, with each cage cooled by its own 120mm, blue LED TriCool fan. The black gizmo attached to the middle cage is a mount for an optional 120mm fan. This fan mount should be removed if not in use, as it makes things a bit crowded in the motherboard area.
The fan mount will have to be removed to get more than one drive in the cage anyway.
Here you can see the cages and fans with the chrome thumbscrews that secure them to the chassis. The front bezel is held in place by six plastic tabs, but thanks to the design, one should never have to remove it.
This photo shows a conventional expansion slot treatment, although the slot covers are replaceable. The TriCool fan, like all the fans in the Nine Hundred, has a 4-pin pass through power connector and the 3-speed fan controller. Silicone pads on the floor of the chassis not only support the PSU, but also help to minimize any vibration noise generated here.
Black rubber feet protect your desk, or wood floor, from scratches. In this photo you can appreciate the size difference between the 120mm rear fan and its 200mm big brother. A total of 16 thumbscrews secure the drive bays and ODDs are installed using screws, in the conventional manner. With the product tour out of the way, let's get some hardware installed and see how Antec's Nine Hundred chassis performs.