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Antec Three Hundred Two Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Mar 6, 2012 1:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Antec

The Build and Finished Product




All assembled and ready for this round of images I am starting with the front of the Three Hundred Two. I like the all mesh design of the front and almost didn't install an optical drive for this review. Sticking it in the top slot is the best choice as not to break up the mesh that is left running down the front.




I know most of you are going to say "where are the drives?", but I assure you I have what I need in this build to get things fired up and functional. As for the room in the main area, I had plenty of room for a bunch of wiring along with the ATX motherboard and large air cooler.




I do wish the inside and back were painted, but even in the SECC primer coating, it isn't all that bad to look at when the parts are all installed. Let's be dead honest, though. Without a window most people never see the back of the chassis, it really isn't a big deal that it isn't painted anyways.




See, I told you I had all the right stuff in this build. Leaving the drive bays open will allow optional fans to cool the interior better, plus since I am using an SSD for the build, why not show off the cooler of the two 2.5" drive installation locations. I also bundled three leads from the PSU, the SATA cables and the entire front I/O wiring, all in one large group to see if I could impede on the doors closing. Let's just say I failed at that, the door went on with ease.




I just wanted to give you a look through the 120mm fan mounting position behind the motherboard tray. You can see if is in a great location to definitely add some cooling to the back of the socket for those avid overclockers out there.




All back together for one last image before we add the power cord to it for testing. Besides the DVD drive poking out the front and a view of hardware through the mesh holes in the side panels, nothing really has changed from the original product we saw in this review.




With power running through the system, the only glow of LED lighting is the pair of blue LEDs at the top. At the time I snapped the image the HDD was flickering the light, but I was able to catch the ODD lighting as well. With the limited output of LED lighting, it makes this chassis' presence mostly unnoticed with its simpler, much more subdued design than most others we see.

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