While the feature set in such an affordable chassis is a huge win for the buyers, we feel that adding in a few things to this design is costly in the overall scheme of things. We don't mind the aggressive styling, with all the angles and protrusions, nor do we mind the angry eyebrows of light near the top. The catch-all tray at the top, with access to all the connectivity from above, is also appreciated. In the masses of affordable mid-tower cases, things like the large window and built-in fan controller are things that will get potential customers excited, for sure.
We are just not sure that style, a couple of tiny rubber dust covers, and a fan controller are enough, though. With those three main features out of the picture for a minute, we had quite a few issues with the design. For one, it is weak, and without the side panels and plastic bits on the chassis, it is flimsy and twists without much effort. The gauge of steel is too thin in our opinion, as the issues we found in the back of the chassis pointed out to us. The old-school tool-free mechanisms, the fact that the HDD rack is not removable, and the complications that can cause to multi-GPU setups is something other cases seemed to find ways around. There is very little room for wiring, and internal water cooling in this chassis is nearly impossible. The list of cons to this design are just seemingly overwhelming and left us wanting much more for our hard earned dollar.
While looking at things from just a price perspective, we do not see many cases that are this affordable, but we do find that others like NZXT seem to have a better handle on this market. They may not have something as aggressively styled as this GX505 is, but they offer things that address all of our concerns. We realize there are those out there that will fall in love with the looks of the GX505 Window SC mid-tower chassis, but if it were our $59.99 being spent, we feel that there are some better solutions to avoid the issues we found in this chassis. The reality is that this is not a horrible case for the money, but at the same time, it isn't all that great either.
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)
|Quality including Design and Build||60%|
|Bundle and Packaging||80%|
|Value for Money||65%|
The Bottom Line: Antec's GX505 Window SC is a stunning mid-tower to look at. The issue is that once past the outside of the chassis, it becomes very apparent that this design is not very well thought out, and does not deliver enough bang for our buck.
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