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Antec GX505 Window SC Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 6)

By Chad Sebring from Jul 28, 2016 @ 11:45 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 69%Manufacturer: Antec

Case Build & Finished Product


Nothing on the front of the GX505 changes for our build needs. In fact, the only thing about this that has changed is that you can see the wiring behind the motherboard tray, and just how little the door panel has to cover with its depth.


Since the exhaust fan is shifted right to the left side panel, we could not use an AIO, as they are too wide, and one up top is just not in the cards either. There is room for a longer card, but just one with our motherboard since the HDD rack does not come out. Other than those points, everything we use did fit well.


When it came to putting in the dust shield, we got our first sense of just how flexible the thin steel is. We did manage to get it in, but even when installing the video card, we had to flex the panel to align the screws. The PSU is the only thing that went in smoothly back here.


There is no way we could have left things how Antec shipped it, so we broke things up into sections and tried to keep them as close to the tray as possible. As limited as we kept things in the wiring, we still found issue putting on the side panel, which required us to flex the panel onto the chassis to cover what is seen here.


All back together as we get one of the last looks at the GX505, we do appreciate the view through the side window. It shows the full video card, shows us the CPU cooler and even a bit of the PSU at the bottom. On the flip side, we do wish the front edge was not as wide, as we do not care to see the drive bays.


Adding power to the GX505 Window SC brings it to life. On the front are two LEDs that look a bit like angry blue eyebrows. The center and outer edge of the power button is also blue to match, as well as the tiny HDD activity LED. With the case fans being the loudest thing running if the fans controller is set on high, we heard them at 34 dB. With the fan switch set to low, the noise level drops into the 24 dB range.

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