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Antec Performance Plus1080 Case Review - Drive Bays

What happens when you take an Antec SX1030 SOHO case and give it a healthy dose of steroids? You get the topic of today's review; namely the Antec Performance Plus1080 Case. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at this new line of enclosure from Antec. The SX1030 was a mighty fine case, so we need to find out if they were able to improve it to a point to make it worthy of spending more hard-earned money on. Try it, you just might like it!

By: | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 3, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Antec

Drive Bays



As stated on the Spec page, this beast has drive bays to spare. A total of 10 drive bays greet you when you begin the task of installing your system. As shown above, six of these bays are externally accessible. This gives you an awful lot of room for your imagination to run wild, so go for the gusto!


5.25" Drive Bays



Whether you love them or hate them, the Plus1080 case uses a rail system for the installation of 5.25" drives. I have learned to enjoy this because it's only one time that you have to mess around with putting the screws into the optical device. After that, it's a simple matter to squeeze inward on the two tabs and remove the drive. Another advantage is that you don't have to remove the far side panel to install a drive (or remove it). I can't even begin to say how many times I have dropped the screws of the drive down that far panel. And unless you have a magnetic wand handy, it can be a royal pain to retrieve them. Below are a couple of pictures that show how the rail system works...




3.5" Drive Bays



Next up on our tour of this case is that little area that will be used to hold our hard drives. The 3.5" dive bays are very easy to work with since they can be completely removed from the case. The lever that sticks out to the side just needs to be moved toward the rear of the case and the entire 3-unit drive bay slips right out. If you've never had the luxury of being able to sit the housing on the table in front of you while you install your drives, then you don't know what you're missing. Sometimes it is the little things that make a difference.



Another nice addition to the bottom drive bay is the added mount for an 80mm fan. With all the bad press that IBM has been getting recently, it seems that a lot of the problems that folks are having with these drives are cooling related. This little gem will not only keep your hard drive(s) cool, but will also help extend their life.


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