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Date: september 28th 2002
Article by: Peer van Empelen (Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by : Antec Inc.
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Performance


I needed to make a point for myself why I wanted this case so bad.
That was absolutely the easy part : Noise and temperature.


I did a comparison of my old case and the Antec Plus 1080 AMG. CPU temperature and Motherboard temperature and of course the SCSI-disks. CPU is a AMD XP 2000+ on a Chaintech 7JVL running with a boxed cooler.


 
CPU
Motherboard
SCSI-disks
Idle (Inwin A500)
53
32
60
Idle (Antec Plus 1080 AMG)
49
25
40 !
Stressed (Inwin A500)
61
33
70
Stressed (Antec Plus 1080 AMG)
52
28
42


I think we have a winner here. Just the fact that the fans in the back suck all the hot air out of the case makes it run cooler then I could have have imagined.


To continue with the performance part I think there should be a pit-crew for computers as well ... kinda like the ferrari mechanics. But with this case it wouldn't even be a competition. The one thing that stops ya would be the motherboard as it needs to be screwed down IN the case. A removable motherboard tray would have been nice.

 

Conclusion


I like this case. It solves every problem I ever had with any case ever encountered. It has great looks, is well build and can hold any configuration I will ever come up with. To top it Antec Inc. included a great psu (which I will review shortly). The design will make it last me a long period of time which is more then I can say of my Inwin A500 (lasted me about a year). The filter in the front was a great touch which will come in handy in ensuring the longevity of your computer gear. I kinda was missing my thumbscrews but they were easy to replace. Maybe something for a new revision ?


What can i say ... Go get one !



Pro's


- Easy install
- The colour is just great and still leaves some great modding possibilities.
- It has all the fan's you need (and room for more)
- It's built like a rock ! (thrown around by the shipping company but still in one piece)
- Space for about anything you ever had in your computer and ever will own.
- Price : it's real value for your money (you get a good PSU with it).


Con's


- No removable motherboard tray (how often do you need to replace it ?)
- Small details as fan-orientation and the lack of thumbscrews.


 

 


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