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Antec GX700 Military Themed Mid-Tower Chassis Review - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

Antec GX700 Military Themed Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Antec brings forth a rugged, military inspired, mid-tower chassis perfect for those military themed case mods everyone is doing these days. Say hello to the GX700 case.

| Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 5:21 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%      Manufacturer: Antec

Specifications, Availability and Pricing

 

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Starting with what we see on the chart, Antec starts by covering the nine bays in the front. This includes the 3+1 5.25" bays as well as the five 3.5" trays that also work for 2.5" drives. They jump to the back of the chassis and address the seven expansion slots, and move into the motherboard tray being compatible with ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX motherboards. Then there is the maximum length of 293mm for the video cards, and the 172mm of clearance for the CPU cooler. Next comes the fans, and three of the six holes are covered from the factory. There is a pair of 140mm fans in the roof of the GX700, and a single 120mm fan in the rear. As for the unoccupied fan spots, there is one in the door for a 120mm fan, and two spots in front of the HDD rack that will also use 120mm fans. Just before they end the list with dimensions and weights, they do cover the fact that there is a large CPU cutout and USB 3.0 as well as USB 2.0.

 

What the list doesn't show is that this mid tower is made of steel, and the majority of it is painted black inside and out. The exception to this is the four olive bays covers on the front, nor did they mention the metal clips on the outside that make these bays tool-less. Below the bay covers, inset into the plastic front bezel is another OD painted plate. This time the plate is removable to allow access to the dust filter and mounting of the fans there, so in essence, you really never need to remove this bezel from the body of the chassis. They also don't mention the fan controller that is 4-pin Molex powered, and controls up to four fans off the one switch.

 

What is really going to blow the wig off your head is that Antec isn't trying to rake anyone over the coals with a themed chassis. In fact, it is quite the opposite. From the news I see about, and even as I was told at CES in the Antec suite, the goal here was to deliver all of this to the users with an MSRP of $59.99. Not only is that a great price for any mid-tower chassis, but to get one as well appointed as this, and it takes some of the modding out of it so you don't have to wait for paint to dry, or even a need to make unique things to set your case apart.

 

Antec has done a lot of the work, and is giving users an excellent and economically friendly solution in these hard times. The only issue currently is that this chassis isn't listed on sale as I type this, but expect them to get to your favorite e-tailer very soon.

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