Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Sonata Proto is a cold rolled, steel, mid tower chassis that uses plastic for the front bezel. The outside is painted in a textured black finish, while the inside is left exposed. In the front there is room for up to nine drives in total; three external 5.25" bays, two external 3.5" bays and room for four 3.5" hard drives. The chassis uses a top mounted power supply and offers room for m-ITX, m-ATX and ATX motherboards. Spinning around to the back, the Proto has seven expansion slots, so multiple GPU setups will not be an issue even with a soundcard, or NIC if you still use one.
With the efficiency of the layout and air flow and the silence provided from using the one fan, that leaves us with the affordability factor. Looking at Google shopping tells me that this version of the Sonata lineup isn't that easy to obtain currently, but if you look hard enough, the Proto can be found. I was able to locate it at Newegg for $69.99 plus shipping. Total out of the warehouse and to your door will end up running you about $85 USD.
Let's see what's inside and if Antec has the mid tower case to buy in the Sonata Proto.
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