At first glance, this case looks strikingly like the SX1030 that is sitting on the right in the photo above. As a matter of fact, the exterior dimensions are identical. While this doesn't qualify it as the world's largest enclosure, it certainly gives you a lot of room to grow. And I have found that when you fall into the "Enthusiast" category, you tend to find a need for expansion.
Not only are the exterior dimensions the same as the SX1030 case, but the inside is laid out in a very similar manner. You'll be looking at a total drive capacity of 10 devices. This includes four 5.25" bays (all accessible from the front) and six 3.5" bays (two accessible from the front). So this gives you room for a CD-RW, DVD, sound card panel, thermal monitoring unit, floppy drive, ZIP drive and a four drive RAID setup! Granted, we don't all have this kind of workload for our cases (I know that I don't), but it gives you an idea as to how much you can pack into this monster.
Well, after detailing how much stuff we can add to this beast, it's time to see just how we can expect to keep the juice flowing to all these power-hungry devices. The answer is the Antec 430 watt TruePower PSU. Antec has long been making some of the most stable power supplies available, and this unit here is no exception.
This new model of PSU is made to an exacting level of quality that is getting harder to find in today's power supplies. It features dedicated outputs to all of the different source lines, it has not one but two dual ball-bearing fans to keep things running cool, and it uses the Antec Low Noise Technology that helps maintain a quiet system.
Something else that was added to the setup was a braided nylon wrap around the main power cable. With so many modern motherboards putting the main power input so close to the processor socket, this ensures that no stray wires will fall victim to a hungry fan mounted atop the heatsink. And to top this all off, the connectors have gold-plated leads to give you better conductivity. All in all, a very nice power supply to have aboard.
Side and Bottom
Entry into the case is a matter of simplicity. Though this is the same latching mechanism that was present on the older SX1030 model, it still has managed to earn a fond place in my heart.
When most people think of a Tool-Free enclosure, they think of the addition of some thumbscrews to the rear of the side panel. Not so with Antec, though. They believe that if you're going to use a Tool-Free entry, then it should be exactly that. The latch shown above is how you get into the working area of the case. Simply pull forward on the handle and the side panel swings out. And in the event that you have nosey employees who THINK that they know computers, well, just lock up the side latch and you have a secure system. This can also be handy if you head off to a LAN and someone decides to get a little too personal with your pride and joy.
Also included on the Plus1080 are the feet that Antec is known for. Though I don't use them myself, they can come in handy if you're concerned about the stability of such a tall case. Besides, even if you don't point them out, it still manages to keep the case elevated slightly from direct contact with the floor. This has come in handy a time or two at the office after a good summer rain.