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Antec PlusView 1000 AMG Enclosure Review - The Exterior

It wasn't too long ago that any PC you looked at had a very drab and common appearance. Since that time, more manufacturers than ever have jumped aboard the "Looks Cool" bandwagon. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the Antec PlusView 1000 AMG case that falls into this new category for enclosures. Though Antec has been making high performance cases for some time, can they now do it with style? Let's find out!

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Dec 22, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%      Manufacturer: Antec

The Exterior

 

 

Beginning with the front of the case we see that it maintains the same figure as the PLUS1080 model that this one is based on. The lockable front door hides away your optical devices like we are accustomed to seeing and works with the normal smooth movement as is expected. One nice thing about having the door is that it saves you from having to find colored optical drives. When the drives are not in use, just close the door and you don't have to worry about the white drive being an eyesore to others.

 

 

Tucked in behind the door are the power and reset buttons as well as ample room for externally accessible devices. Available for your Power User pleasures are four 5.25" drive bays as well as a pair of 3.5" drive bays. This will ensure that you have more than enough room to handle all but the most hardcore of computing needs.

 

To put it in a more graphical format, you can have a CD-ROM drive, a CD-RW, a DVD-ROM drive and still have room to add in one of the new DVD burners that are now getting to be almost affordable. It also gives you room to handle a floppy drive (still useful for BIOS Flashes) and a ZIP or ORB style backup device too.

 

 

In the style of the PLUS1080 model, the 1000 AMG also sports the front panel USB/Firewire ports. You get a pair of USB 2.0 compatible ports as well as a single IEEE1394 Firewire port. They connect to your motherboard's extra headers so you won't have to worry about losing the use of the ports that come natively on the rear of the system board.

 

 

Just about everybody is getting into the side window craze of late. Not that this is a bad thing, though, since it adds a more unique look to what would otherwise be a very basic and bland enclosure. About the only drawback that I have seen so far with the windows is the need to be neat with the internal wiring of the system. After all, you certainly don't want to have a messy view through this opening, do you?

 

While we're looking at the side of the case, it should be noted that the coloring is not what you may be used to seeing. If you'll recall, the name of the case is the PlusView 1000 AMG. The AMG portion is an acronym that stands for "Antec Metallic Grey". And better yet, the coloring is an applied coating to the base metal of the case so it won't be easily chipped or scratched. And before you start worrying about trying to match the color, remember that the front of the case has a door to allow you to have no problems with color matches.

 

 

This is a very welcome addition that has also been getting very popular lately; a side fan already built into the panel. Not only does it save us the effort of having to cut a hole in the case, but it also makes additional airflow readily available for the monster systems that are getting so common anymore.

 

But what makes this design even better is that the fan is mounted directly onto the window. And better yet, it requires no screws. It uses the standard Antec style mounting clips and has pins that will fit into the screw holes of any standard 80mm x 80mm x 25mm fan. Of course, I just happened to throw in a lighted fan that I had handy, so the interior will benefit from some blue lighting while the system gets some much needed airflow. This is sounding like one of those win-win situations to me.

 

 

The rear of the case is pretty much standard fare as far as a tower case goes. You get seven expansion ports, which matches any standard ATX board available, and the motherboard back plate can be easily removed in the event that your board requires a custom plate to be installed.

 

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