First things first, and let's start with the obvious. The exterior of the GX700 has a great theme without destroying any of the practicality of the chassis. The olive drab paint, the nuclear launch key style fan controller and the dog tag shaped name plate just screams military. On the functional side of things, I liked the access through the front to do things like swap out or add drives, gain access to the fans and filter, without the need to ever pull the front bezel. The whole build went pretty smooth, and while in somewhat confined space, this mid-tower was still able to keep the 2600K and HIS Radeon HD 7950 cool in testing. I really wish they hadn't skimped on the HD Audio cable. This is something I have seen time and time again with Antec cases, and is something they always seem to overlook.
Even with just the three fans in the top and rear of the chassis, the GX700 was able to keep everything cool and well within the margins of average to good as far as case air flow is concerned. Well that is if you leave the fan controller switch set on high. Swapping out to the low position drops the flow by at least half, and while dead silent, isn't quite enough to handle gaming loads. The nice thing is that even when the controller is set to the highest setting, there is quite a bit of air flow, and an almost complete lack of noise. I had to step within a foot of the chassis to even pick up on the slightest whir of a fan.
I really thing Antec has taken a large step in the right direction with the GX700, and should be a solid base for the heavy modders out there, and still offer guys like me without the time to add cool little touches like this has, a chance to buy a themed chassis off the shelf. What is really outstanding about this design is that Antec is really dropping the floor out of the pricing. Most other cases in this caliber are in the $79-99 range usually, and being willing to set the MSRP at $59.99 for the GX700 makes it oh so much more appealing to the masses.
It really is a shame about that HD Audio cable, as it is things like this that take the award from being the Editor's Choice, down to a coin flip of the Value or Features award instead. Even so I do like the chassis, its design and layout, as well as the feature set and theme.
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