There is a lot to like when it comes to the Antec Cube-Designed by Razer case. It is compact, yet solid, it is aggressive in its lean and styling, and the lines down the front behind the Razer logo just help to add to that feel. With steel used for the frame and plastic for the bezel, the 3mm thick extruded aluminum wrapping around the outside gave it an elevated, high-end feel to the Cube.
The layout inside is inverted but does hit on all of the major points for wiring, fitment, as well as clearances inside of it. The glowing Razer logo on the front, the name painted on the PSU cover, the 120mm green LED fan, and of course, who can forget the strips at the bottom which flood the desktop with green light, drives home that this is a Razer product. Even with just a single fan, the air flow inside of the chassis is sufficient as to not boil your parts, and running full speed, it only delivered 33dB of noise out the back of the Cube.
However, at the same time, it is almost as if Razer had free reign with this design, and Antec just went with their ideas. There is some naivety found with this design. The wire for the LED on the front bezel should have a break-away point or should have had the LED mounted to the steel portion, behind the plastic bezel, as it would simplify the build and maintenance of the Cube. The fact that the aesthetics on the outside seemed to surpass functionality when it comes to mounting video cards, in this case, is something that got overlooked. We also feel that some form of support for the video card would be greatly appreciated as well.
We also had issues with mounting the PSU flush to the rear panel due to limited room offered in the cutout for it. While we like the addition of the fan hub, it is not a PWM hub, so anything connected to it was running at full power, and noise is something a lot of potential customers do not want. Lastly, we like the look of the dark tinted windows and how it plays well with the exterior of the case, but the whole point of a window is to see behind it. With the Cube, only bright colored stickers or LEDs from your components are visible, and almost negates the point of having three windows in the first place.
We are torn with the Antec Cube-Designed by Razer. In one hand, we see the styling, use of high-end materials, the effort it takes to come up with something original, and all the time it took to get both companies on the same page with this design. However, on the other hand, it seems to us like Antec did not have much input on what a case should be before styling overtakes functionality. Some will love the Cube, some will hate it, and that is due to the aggressiveness of the approach, and maybe green just will not work for you. If you do not mind a few minor details affecting what we consider reasonable in case design these days, this is a sleek chassis to sit on your desk.
Even if we had gotten the pricing for this chassis, we do like the Antec Cube-Designed by Razer Mini-ITX chassis. From what we saw in this chassis, you either have to be a Razer fanboy, love green LED lights, or have an almost sick desire to struggle, not only with the build process, but to see anything you put inside of it. At least, that is if changes are not made before the Cube goes full blown retail.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
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