Wow. There is just so much sexiness with the S10. The textured front panel with just the Antec name at the bottom, all of the curves and angled panels, and the dual panel sides made of brushed aluminum - there is nothing externally that we found fault with. Even using plastic for the top panel as well as for the single large foot at the bottom, it still matches well and looks great in our mind.
The interior is laid out very well, allows for a very clean finished build, and seems to pack surprises into every little nook and cranny. We love the panel popper tabs, the large removable dust cover in the middle, and if you have to see all of the parts you invested in, you still have the option to buy this chassis with a 5mm thick glass panel rather than the 4mm thick aluminum one we have here. This case also has to be the most water cooling friendly option that Antec has ever produced. It is easy to see why it took so long to go from the drawing board to this final product; there is just so much going on in this design to tweak and finalize to get us this excited about the S10.
If there is one thing we could pick on the S10 for, it is the factory equipped fans that come with the chassis. Using our hand as the guide with the basic feel test for air flow, we were left wanting more. While the temperatures of our components were good, it is hard to "feel" much air flow at all. The trio of 120mm fan in the front, you can barely feel any air coming from them, but there is some. The pair of fans at the top of the chassis can hardly be felt through the top of the chassis either. The rear exhaust fan offers about the same, but without a dust filter there, air is easier to feel passing through the back.
The one fan that did seem to push a lot of air is the one under the HDD stack, to cool the front compartment. However, without the AIO fans running, the most we could get the sound meter to report inside or around the chassis was 25 dB of noise, and for a lot of users, they like the chassis silent anyways. So this aspect comes down to which you prefer, a bunch of airflow, or silence of operation.
Even if this Signature Series S10 full-tower chassis was selling currently at the MSRP, we would still highly recommend you get up close and personal with this chassis for your builds. The fact that you can get this chassis currently for near a third of the $499 MSRP just makes us want to press you even harder into buying one. As we mentioned earlier, if you are ready for a high-end chassis to house your components, and have $200 (now $238 at Amazon at the time of publishing) laying around, act fast and take advantage of these crazy introductory sales going on right now. For just $200, there is not another chassis of this caliber on the market, and none offers the feature set and included goodies that this Antec S10 brings forth. The bang for the buck in a chassis like this blows the lid off the charts, and we can honestly see no reason not to get this chassis.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||99%|
|Bundle and Packaging||99%|
|Value for Money||99%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: Antec has delivered the best chassis we have ever seen from them! It is a beast, and is sexy with all the thick brushed aluminum panels, but it is all of the features and overall design implementations that won us over. Even if you have to pay the MSRP, this S10 chassis is still worth every penny.
PRICING: You can find the Antec Signature Series S10 Full-Tower Chassis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Antec Signature Series S10 Full-Tower Chassis retails for $238 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Antec Signature Series S10 Full-Tower Chassis retails for £252 at Amazon UK.
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