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Antec Skeleton Open Air Case - Fit and Finish

Today we look at the open air concept of a tech bench with the Antec Skeleton. Let's see if they've gone about it the right way.

| Open Air Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 26, 2009 4:18 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Antec

Fit and Finish

 

Antec Skeleton

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Looking into the front of the completed build shows both drives are installed, the wiring is connected and we are almost ready to plug it in and try it out.

 

Antec Skeleton

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Turning the Skeleton to the right, you can see there are no clearance issues with graphics cards. If you haven't noticed by now the back half of the 250mm fan shroud is higher than the front. This is to allow for taller coolers and cards to slide easily into place. Another thing to show is the room in the bottom behind the drives. I was able to stuff quite a few of the unused cables into this area and leave an overall clean build, even without a modular PSU.

 

Antec Skeleton

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The rear of the Skeleton even looks clean when completed. The wire tie that was on the tray worked well to hold my 8-pin wire and keep the top fan power wire out of harm's way. I chose to mount my PSU with the fan down for only one reason in the Skeleton and that is based on the fact that the side of the PSU that had the switch needed to be exposed for easy access to it.

 

Antec Skeleton

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The left side view of the Skeleton gives us a view of our GPU mostly, or a sound card if placed in a lower slot. To the right is the nest of wiring I wasn't quite sure what to do with. Antec uses all black wire leads which is good, but they don't leave enough to try to hide them anywhere, so they just have to lay out in the open.

 

Antec Skeleton

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I did pull out the tape measure and from the top of the motherboard to the left side of the fan shrouds bottom most edge is 4.5". So it won't accommodate the largest air coolers, but still offers quite a bit of room for a choice of quite a few coolers.

 

Antec Skeleton

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My biggest issue really was the lack of length of the audio cable. With the board I chose the header is at the far bottom left corner of the board and as you can see, it barely gets there.

 

Antec Skeleton

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Adding power to the Skeleton and starting it up shows both the little blue LED hard drive activity light shining, as well as the illuminated system power button.

 

Antec Skeleton

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These last few shots are to show the 250mm fan in action. This time the fan is on, but the lighting is from the motherboard underneath it; the switch is set to no lighting.

 

Antec Skeleton

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With the switch set to blue.

 

Antec Skeleton

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The switch set to green.

 

Antec Skeleton

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Lastly, with the switch set to red. I know it's hard to see, even with the lights down in the room the red option isn't lit as brilliantly as the other two.

 

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