Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Out of nowhere, we were sent a nondescript package from California, with no company name to be found on the tiny box anywhere to be seen. With a bit of excitement, since we had no idea what was in the box, we tore it open to find a metal tin inside. It was then we knew it was from Antec, as the Antec name and gamer logo along with the name Torque "Be Explosive" were4 all painted on the top. Opening the tin exposed a thumb drive inside, and without any previous knowledge of the Torque name, we thought this was supposed to go to a storage editor. I was not until we connected the drive and looked inside at the video, literature, and images, that we even had the slightest clue about what was going on.
Roughly a week later, a huge red box shows up at the door, and we dragged it indoors. At first glance, our minds did wander to the Cougar chassis we saw in news blasts and from reviews on other sites, upon closer inspection, the Conquer is a vastly different idea. The Conquer is more of a motherboard tray with large feet, where everything is bolted to it, more like a fancy version of a Thermaltake P3 and P5 open frame designs.
However, what is delivered by Antec is more of a chassis than any of the previously mentioned designs. The design is minimalist, where materials are used with functionality in mind, but there is also a keen eye for the artsy side of design as well. We have had many open-air chassis designs to cross our path in the past, and out of all of them, we cannot think of a single option, we have personally reviewed, that blends the feel of a chassis with some of the benefits of a fully open-air chassis.
The Antec Torque mid-tower chassis we are showing off today breaks just about every rule in case designs, some for good, and some that don't pan out so well, but all the same, we deliver it to you in all of its glory. What you are about to venture into is an aluminum chassis with layer upon layer to build out the sides and adding a ton of style. If like us, the black box cases out there do nothing for you when it comes to building a PC that deserves to be shown off, Antec may have the perfect solution. Stick with us as we cover the in's and the out's as well as the good and any issues we ran across along the way, as the Antec Torque is well worth your attention. Even if you may not want it, it shows where the market could go, moving away from the same old boring boxes we see from so many manufacturers.
Following the chart we snipped from the Antec product page, we find all we need to know about the Torque mid-tower. From front to back, the chassis is 621mm, while side to side measures 285mm, and all told, the height is 644mm. These measurements are enormous for a mid-tower chassis, but once you see it, it all becomes clear. All of the bits making up the torque frame are made of aluminum, with steel used in the hardware and the expansion slot covers, while 4mm thick tempered glass flanks both sides. Motherboard compatibility is shown to be for (Mini) ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, and even some E-ATRX options. Connectivity to the chassis at the front is comprised of a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD Audio 3.5mm jacks, and this is the second, maybe the third chassis, to ship with native Type-C USB 3.1 connectivity.
At the back of the torque, there are seven expansion slots to fill, but storage options are severely limited. The Torque provides a single 3.5" drive location near a second location specific to 2.5" drives, and both are located on the motherboard tray. Cooling support allows for a trio of fans to be placed in the front of the Torque, as well as the same at the top. As for the radiator support, it follows the fan options, topping out with room for a 360mm radiator in both the front of the chassis as well as the top.
Between the back of the motherboard tray and the glass panel, there is 37mm of room, but not across its entirety. GPUs can be 450mm long, CPU coolers can be an astounding 215mm tall, and when fitting a PSU in the bottom, there is no length restriction given for ATX PSUs. The last things you will need to know is that the Torque comes with a one-year warranty, and fresh out of the box, it weighs in at just under twenty-one pounds.
Being that the Torque is new, the uniqueness of the design, and what it takes to produce said things, we expected this to be on the expensive side out of the gate. Looking around for locations to acquire it, we were left with one place on this side of the pond to get it, and that is at Newegg. However, currently it shows as out of stock, but it does say that more will be in stock and shippable, between two and three weeks of writing this.
What we did not expect was that the price shown for the Torque is $349.99. While we typically hold our tongue on pricing until the end, but we are experiencing a bit of sticker shock with it at the moment. However, we do need to get a much better look at what is going on before we deliver our final verdict on the Antec Torque, so strap in for a look at a chassis like no other has been provided to us before.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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