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Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 1:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Antec

Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower Chassis

 

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On the front of the chassis you can see the Antec name across the bottom, then two-thirds of the front is a solid mesh panel between the thick plastic sides. At the top are three removable 5.25" bay covers and the front I/O just above those.

 

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The front I/O panel consists of simply a pair of USB 3.0 ports, the headphones and microphone jacks and the rest and larger power buttons. Just to the left of the button assembly there is a pair of holes backed with LED for power and HDD activity LED lighting, blue ones to be more specific.

 

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The top of the chassis is mostly flat except for where the mesh rises up a bit so the fans dome make noise blowing through them. Behind the 140mm fan placed in the top of the chassis, Antec chose this as the location for water cooling holes and grommets.

 

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There is a texture to the black paint on the side of the Three Hundred Two and breaking up all of that plain steel is the 120mm fan mounting position behind the embossed mesh area. I also pulled the dust filter out a bit at the bottom to show where to gain access for removal and cleaning of it.

 

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The back has a basic layout for a bottom mounted PSU design. The rear I/O area is next to the 120mm exhaust fan, above eight expansion slots with a new location and mounting setup. Oh I almost forgot, there is a pair of switches at the top as well.

 

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The left switch is wired to the top fan and the right switch is mounted to the rear fan. This allows you to switch between the two speeds of the included TwoCool fans inside.

 

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The expansion slot mounting has been taken to the outside of the chassis in this design to give more room inside for cards. While it seems there is easy access to your cards at a LAN, there is a padlock loop just showing at the bottom of this image, so even if they got the screws out, they can't get inside to remove them.

 

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The right side of the chassis offers a mesh area behind the CPU socket and you can fit a 25mm thick 120mm fan in here. At the bottom, embossed in the steel panel is Antec Design, so even from the back side of the chassis it still looks good.

 

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Under the chassis you find it is supported with large, round, rubber feet that will keep the Three Hundred Two from vibrating on the desktop or sliding around easily. There is a large hole, honeycomb mesh, used under the PSU. Just in front of that are four holes in the floor to allow a 2.5" drive to be mounted inside the chassis here.

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