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Antec Take-4 Rackmount Chassis Review - Antec Take-4 Rackmount Case

While not for everyone, rackmount systems simplify your multicomputer installations and add security. Antec's Take-4 gets investigated.

By: | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 7:46 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Antec

Antec Take-4 Rackmount Case

 

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Most rackmount cases are really boring and all black. That doesn't hold true for the Antec Take-4 as it has a nice blue insert that makes it stand out. On the front is a locking door and without the key you can't turn the server on, off or access the drive bays.

 

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The magic happens when you have the key. In the middle of the Take-4 are power and reset switches as well as dual USB 2.0 ports and a Firewire port. Your external 5.25" bays are on the left side and just below them is a cooling vent.

 

Dual 3.5" bays are right of center and can be used for floppy drives or with the panels in, internal 3.5" HDD bays.

 

On the far right are your four removable 3.5" HDD bays.

 

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This is a rackmount case so it has rack ears. Two handles are on either side of the case. The handles do obstruct the way you insert your screws somewhat so you'll want a regular screwdriver and not an interchangeable tip screwdriver with a bunch of tips in the handle.

 

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Here we get a close up of the 5.25" bays, these are typically used for optical drives, but we're mounting an Icy Dock 6-in-1 SATA 2.5" bay unit in so we can hold a high volume of SSD performance.

 

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On the other side are the four removable 3.5" bays. It should be noted this system does not use a backplane so when you pull the drives out you're pulling the cables out as well.

 

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Each side has mounting points for rack rails. Antec offers two rail kits that are adjustable for length.

 

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The back of the case looks like a standard ATX form factor case. There is also a 92mm exhaust fan mounted back here.

 

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A 120mm fan is on the other side. Both fans are very close to the CPU area of the motherboard as you'll see in a moment.

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