It seems to me Antec has been building cases, well, forever now. Being a user of the original 900 was where I got my feet wet with Antec and until I started here, that was all I had to go on. Well, time moves on and cases got released. I have been graced with quite a few unique and stylish designs over the last year or two. Something I grew to love with most, if not all of the samples I have seen, was the way Antec thought out of the box with the Skeleton series and the air flow that seem synonymous with the Antec name.
One thing that went with the previous samples air flow was a fair bit of noise and Chris Ram actually referred to my 900 as a vacuum cleaner when I booted it at his house, just to prove my point. With the Sonata line, Antec is taking a slightly different approach to the design. Sticking with things like maximizing motherboard compatibility, air filters and subtle styling, Antec is staying true to what we all love and know. Antec threw me a curve ball when I see they list this Proto as being the ideal combination of affordability, efficiency and silence. That's right, I said silence and Antec in the same sentence. It's a slight shock to me as well.
From what I know of mid towers, cooling can become an issue fast, especially if you plan to build what I like to refer to as a sleeper. You know, the guy that shows up with the smallest case at a LAN and has the "leetist" gaming hardware inside. Here is to hoping that Antec didn't take a leap in the wrong direction, offering "silence" in a mid tower PC at the expense of airflow. Offering the ability to house a full motherboard and room for SLI or Crossfire to be installed, I hope it can keep up with the demands asked. Come and have a look with me as I get the camera ready and run through what Antec offers in the Sonata Proto.