Introduction and Specifications
Antec has been in the chassis game for what seems like forever. In that time they have made a name for themselves, not only with advancing the standard chassis design over the years but they have also proven they are not afraid to push the envelope making cases which do not fit within the usual boundaries of chassis design. Cases like the Skeleton, the Lanboy, and who can forget the S10, all took what we knew about cases, and scrambled our brains as to what we expect when someone mentions they have a new case to look at. That is the direction Antec has gone again.
This latest design from Antec is a partnership with Razer, makers of loads of peripherals and gaming gear. This means that we are getting some of the brilliant engineering from Antec with the use of high-quality materials and they deliver yet another unique chassis. This case will be a love it or hate it design. For those that do not appreciate the aggressive angles and styling will still have to admit that Antec is delivering a Mini-ITX chassis that is well appointed, structurally stable, is aesthetically advanced, and the way it all works and comes together is better than many Mini-ITX solutions we have seen in the past.
Today, we bring you a preview of the Antec Cube-Designed by Razer Mini-ITX chassis. We will still be going at this like a review in all aspects except for two. Since there has been a delay in pricing, we cannot give our full opinion on the chassis without cost to factor into the equation. Secondly, this also means that we will not be awarding this chassis. What we will be doing is going over the Antec Cube with a fine toothed comb, and giving you our initial impressions on what Antec and Razer are capable of delivering to the enthusiast market who appreciate compact gaming.
The chart provided by Antec even comes in Razer colors to provide all of the specifications the Cube has to offer. The Cube is a Mini-ITX chassis, but Antec has left out that this chassis is made of steel for the frame, plastic for the bezel, and that the top and sides of the case are made from extruded aluminum panels. Antec also does not make a single mention that this chassis comes with three windows, which are tinted slightly. They do go ahead and offer the dimensions at the bottom of the chart, where we see the Cube is 365mm tall, 250mm wide, and is 460mm deep, with no mention of its weight.
Inside of the chassis, there are no 5.25" bays to leave room for other gear to be installed. There is a large plate, behind the motherboard tray, intended to have a 3.5" drive installed upon it, but is also designed to use with a pair of 2.5" drives if needed. Still, behind the motherboard tray, there are also two dedicated 2.5" drive trays found, for a maximum of four total storage drives to be securely installed. At the back of the case, we are shown to find three expansion slots, and inside of this Cube, you can fit 350mm of video card, and the CPU cooler restriction is 190mm. As to the front I/O panel contents, things are kept basic, with just a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HD Audio jacks to be found there.
Cooling is done out of the box with a single 120mm fan located at the back of the Cube case to blow the heated air out of the chassis. There are other options for cooling as well, though. The front of the Cube is designed to allow a pair of 120mm fans to be installed there. At the same time, there are also holes in this location to support a 140mm or an 180mm fan as options. The back of the chassis can also support a 140mm fan as an option so that either a 120mm or 140mm radiator can also be used in this location. Additionally, at the front of the Cube, there is room for 240mm worth of radiator.
As we mentioned earlier, we do not have any idea of the pricing. We were asked to have this written for the holidays, and on a certain date, but there are things left in the air at this time. We have no real concept of when this chassis is slated to hit the market, and as far as pricing goes, all we could find was that Antec should be releasing that information late this year or early next year.
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)