As stated at the beginning of this review, Antec has a history of making enclosures that are not only good looking, but functional as well. After working with the 1000 AMG case, I can state for fact that this is still the case. The functionality is everything that I have come to expect from the company and the color scheme helps make sure that your performance rig stands out from the crowd.
Pricing for this case isn't cheap, but is not really expensive either when you consider that it falls squarely into the "Performance Case" category. Suggested retail price is US$100, but this doesn't include a power supply. This concerned me when I first learned that the enclosure would be missing one of the exceptional Antec PSU units, but I was informed by the company that they would still be offered in most of their product line. Since this particular design caters to the Power User, many in this category already have a serviceable PSU of their own. This allows them to still enjoy this case design without having to spend extra for a PSU that they already have.
As far as downfalls, about the only one that I see is one that I have commented on in the past; the lack of a removable motherboard tray. Even with large cases, the ability to install the mainboard onto the tray separate from the case is a huge plus. Maybe one day this will come about, but that day isn't here yet.
One final note is construction material. This case is a steel model so don't expect a lightweight. But then, I can sit on this case with no fear of bending so much as a panel, so have no fears about the sturdiness.
Bottom line...If you are looking for a new case that can handle the powerful systems currently in use today and also want something that isn't a ho-hum design, then you may have just found exactly what you've been looking for. The 1000 AMG offers excellent cooling, plenty of drive space and a look that will turn heads.
Plenty of space for drives/devices
No removable motherboard tray
Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award
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