While the Antec Torque is not for everyone, it is hard to not applaud them for what they have done. Yes, it is similar to another chassis on the market, at first glance, but once you dig into the both of them, there are defined differences beyond just an angled chassis. The Torque blends red and gray with aluminum and glass, angles all over the place, bends and cutaways, all to deliver one of the most unique open-air designs we have ever seen. For those building a PC without much need for storage, and you want the system to be noticed as soon as someone walks into the room, there is no better option for that currently being offered. Without any fans, there is no noise to speak of, and this is also a plus, as each user can define the amount of cooling, RGB fans, radiators, whatever suits your needs the best.
This is not to say we did not run into anything odd that is worth mentioning, however. Starting with the extra screw in the box, where we did find it, and others were working their way out of the feet. A few turns of the screwdriver seems to have fixed it, but the initial feeling to a customer who sees screws coming out will not be a good one. The chassis, when empty, is front heavy, and care is needed to not accidentally put the chassis on its face while spinning it around and looking at how to build the system. Once populated with gear, this goes away.
Not a single standoff attaching the frame parts was tight out of the box, but again, since the chassis needs disassembled to get the parts into it, there is ample time to grab each of them and tighten them up before finishing the build. The instructions are tough to make out, and you are left to figure things out, which is not so good for the aspiring builder, but with some time, many back and forth glances between the chassis and the instructions, we were able to assume what it is we were supposed to be adding as the chassis is rebuilt. While all of these points are a nod to what you can expect to see with the Antec Torque, none of them were unfixable or addressable to rectify them, but the initial impression of the chassis can and will go downhill fast for those less forgiving than us.
We understand that something new and fancy will cost a bit extra, we do, but we do feel that Antec is stretching things a fair bit with what they are asking for the Torque. With limited storage capabilities, virtually no wire management, and having to see wires behind the back glass, we feel that this chassis should have been in the $200 to $250 range. Asking $349.99 for this chassis is just too much in our opinion.
Yes it is cool to look at, yes the design is attention grabbing and stylish, and yes it will show off all of your hardware, but we feel there is not enough to justify the cost. In the end, we do like what Antec has done, and we like the path of out of the box thinking when designing a chassis. At the same time, we feel they could have done a much better job with this chassis to make the masses feel like they are getting what they pay for with such a high price tag associated with the Antec Torque Mid-tower Chassis.
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)
|Overall TweakTown Rating||78%|
The Bottom Line: At first glance it looks to be brilliant. However, the deeper you go into the rabbit hole, the more you realize what you are not getting for all of that money. Stylish and attractive, we feel it needs cable management, more storage options, and a better out of the box experience!
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