Antec, Inc. is the worldwide chief in high-performance laptop parts and equipment for the gaming, PC improve and Do-It-Your self markets. Based in 1986, Antec is acknowledged as a pioneer within the business and has maintained its place as a worldwide market chief and worldwide supplier of quiet, environment friendly and progressive merchandise. Their product traces embrace PC Chassis, CPU Cooler, PSU, Followers and many others. Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with further places of work in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in addition to within the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China and Taiwan. The corporate’s merchandise are offered in additional than 40 international locations all through the world.
Antec has despatched me their four merchandise for overview goal. At present, I might be their entry degree, funds PC chassis GX 200 Blue. It’s a compact mid tower with trendy entrance panel and two 120mm blue LED followers on the entrance. Construct high quality is strong.
Product: GX 200 Blue
Worth: PKR 4999/- [At the time of the review]
1x 5.25” Drive Bay tool-less
4x Three.5” HDD Bay
1x 2.5” SSD Bay
Customary ATX, microATX, mini-ITX
3x 120mm Fan Mounts
2x 120mm Blue LED Followers Included
Entrance I/O Ports
1x USB 2.zero
2x USB Three.zero
Most Graphics Card Measurement
Most CPU Cooler Peak
450 x 185 x 412mm
Packaging and Unboxing
The chassis is available in a regular brown coloured cardboard field packing. The entrance facet has an image of the chassis on the primary part. GX200 is printed on the underside left facet. Antec model brand is printed on the highest left facet. Antec is printed within the vertical format on the far proper facet.
The bottom has the diagram of the chassis with parts taken off exhibiting its doable potential. It comes with a window and non-window panels in several fashions. Salient options are printed in 6 languages. Antec is printed on the highest left facet and on the far left facet within the vertical format.
The highest facet of the packing field has the specs of the chassis printed in 6 completely different languages. Antec is printed on the highest left facet. On the highest proper facet data like weight, dimension and many others is printed in a tabular method.
This facet has the image of the entrance facet of the chassis printed in the primary part. Antec is printed on the highest left facet.
This facet has the facet view printed in the primary part. Antec is printed on the highest left facet. Mannequin is GX200 Blue PCI.
The chassis is roofed in a plastic sheet and packed inside two white coloration Styrofoam paddings.
Antec has included 5 cable wraps, numerous screws for mounting storage drives, followers, motherboard and many others, and person information.
Each time I hear about Antec, the primary phrase that got here to my thoughts is PSU. Robust model notion talking out right here. Although, Antec just isn’t restricted to PSUs solely as talked about within the introduction of this content material. I get to overview one among their chassis which is GX200 Blue. It’s a compact mid-tower chassis with daring seems on the entrance and useful cooling provision. Chassis is manufactured from Metal and plastic with strong construct high quality. Let’s take a better take a look at the chassis.
The entrance facet of the chassis has a classy panel manufactured from plastic. On the highest, there’s a entrance I/O panel. It has 2x USB Three.zero ports, a USB 2.zero port, Headphone and Microphone ports, a reset button and an influence button. On the far prime, there are LED indicators that gentle up within the blue coloration solely and add to the delicate seems of the chassis.
Proper beneath the I/O panel, there are 5.25” drive bay cowl and a floppy disk drive bay cowl, although later are lengthy out of the motion. The covers will be faraway from contained in the panel for which it must be taken off. To take away the entrance panel, place your hand on the underside facet of the panel and pull it out. Watch out to not exert an excessive amount of stress as one of many cables on the entrance I/O panel is related to the chassis.
The decrease portion has a raised floor with the Antec model identify pasted on. There are vast gaps on the raised floor virtually giving an impression that traces with equal distance are going from the other way up. This space has mud filter underside of it. It’s effectively synchronized with the general design of the entrance panel.
Let’s check out the bottom of the entrance panel. On the highest, we will see the circuit of the I/O panel and the LEDs. Beneath it are the 2 detachable bay covers. There are latches on each ends of those covers. Push them inwards and covers will come out. Beneath these covers is a big measurement detachable mud filter which will be washed to scrub it.
There are two 120mm followers on the entrance facet of the chassis out of the field. Antec was fairly considerate by offering two followers the place competitors normally gives a single fan. Take away the entrance panel to entry the followers.
These are 120mm followers in whole black coloration. The entrance facet has no sticker on the motor hub. The bottom has the sticker with Antec printed on it on the motor hub. What’s extra pleasing about these followers is that they’ve the LEDs on three sides of their frames which gentle up within the blue coloration. These are Three-pin followers.
Every fan is secured utilizing two longs screws solely. Take these off and the followers will be eliminated. Now, we will check out the whole entrance facet of the chassis with all the pieces eliminated. Take a observe on the underside space the place the followers are mounted. The realm below the highest fan has mesh model whereas the realm below the underside fan has vents and is dealing with the HDD cage space. We will see the floppy disk mounting space and the 5.25” bay. The 5.25” bay drive mount is tool-less. There are two buttons on the left facet of the bay which will be pressed inside and slid for simple mounting of the 5.25” drive with none trouble or want of screws.
The highest facet is flat and doesn’t have any fan mount or vent for airflow. On the entrance facet, it has a classy container which can be utilized to put equipment and many others. It virtually resembles the ashtray although it isn’t and don’t take my phrases to make use of it for the ashtray. It’s comprised of two components stacked on one another. The complete physique is secured to the chassis utilizing 6 screws with two on the entrance dealing with and the bottom whereas one on the left facet and the opposite on the correct facet. Take these screws off the take away the complete container.
The underside facet has four plastic toes elevating the peak of the chassis by 10mm or so therefore giving sufficient clearance for the PSU to attract recent air from the underside. The PSU mount space has mesh design and is roofed with the detachable mud filter.
The rear facet of the chassis has two holes with rubber grommets on the highest proper facet. Because the chassis doesn’t help any liquid cooling resolution, these two holes can be utilized to route the hoses by means of them for exterior radiator mounting. Proper beneath them is a meshed space for mounting of the 120mm fan. There’s a again I/O panel space on the left facet of the fan mount. The chassis has 7 PCIe slots. There’s a vented space on the correct facet of the PCIe slots for air circulation. The underside has a mounting space for normal ATX PSU. Each facet panels are secured utilizing thumb screws.
The left facet of the chassis has a window facet panel. The panel has a see-through window with the window space being raised outdoors making an inset in the midst of the panel. This provides few additional millimeters to the CPU cooler. The CPU cooler as much as the peak of 158mm will be mounted inside this chassis. The facet panel a little bit of a flex to it.
Let’s check out contained in the chassis and see what it presents to the builder. It’s a compact mid-tower. On the highest facet, we’ve got a cutout on the highest left facet. That is the place the CPU cable is to be routed. Take observe to route the cable earlier than putting in the motherboard. There’s a massive CPU cutout in the midst of the motherboard tray on the highest part. Motherboards as much as normal ATX type issue will be put in inside this chassis. Take a observe that solely 6 standoffs that are in silver coloration, are pre-installed. Three are supplied within the equipment and will be mounted. On the highest left facet of the motherboard tray is a 120mm fan mount. There may be not vent or fan mount on the highest facet. There are 7 PCIe slot covers below the 120mm fan mount. The underside has mount for the PSU.PSUs as much as 162mm will be simply put in inside this chassis with sufficient room for the cable administration. There’s a SSD mounting provision proper subsequent to the PSU mount which is non-compulsory.
There are four cutouts on the correct facet of the motherboard tray with none grommets. These are for cable routing for the connectivity. On the underside proper facet we’ve got a storage drive cage with none caddy. Antec has supplied facet rails which will be mounted on the HDD after which slided contained in the cage. So simple as it might probably get. This additionally helps in air circulation by not masking the unused house contained in the cage. The highest cage is for the 5.25” and floppy drives. Notice the white coloration rounded buttons that are there to make the set up of the 5.25” drive a tool-less one. Graphics card of size as much as 380mm will be put in contained in the chassis.
Let’s check out the bottom of the chassis. We now have an analogous facet panel although it doesn’t have a window as is on the left facet panel. There may be inset of roughly 10mm within the facet panel to make extra room for the cable administration as there is no such thing as a such provision proper behind the motherboard tray. Opening and shutting mechanism of this facet panel are similar as on the left facet.
Ranging from the left facet, on prime we’ve got the left sides of the 5.25” drive bay and the floppy bay. Beneath that there’s a open space and on the underside we’ve got the open space contained in the storage drives cage. Within the center we will see four cutouts for cable routing. The underside cutout is wider. On the highest proper facet we will spot one other cutout for routing the CPU energy cable. Beneath it’s a massive measurement CPU cutout space which helps within the set up of the CPU cooler. The underside facet has an inset the place the PSU is mounted on the other facet. There are eight cable tie areas.
Take a look at Construct
Following is the check construct configuration to test this chassis:
Intel i7 8700okay
Asus ROG Maximus X Hero
Ballistix Elite 2x4GB DDR4 @ 3000 MHz
Nvidia GTX 1080 FE
Hyper X 120GB SSD
Thermaltake Powerful Energy DPS-G 750W PSU
Above configuration is unquestionably not a funds construct however that’s what I’ve in the meanwhile and it’ll do the job to check the chassis. Throughout whereas assembling on this chassis, I made these observations price sharing: –
Route the CPU energy cable from the highest proper cutout above the motherboard tray earlier than putting in the motherboard. As soon as the motherboard is put in, there gained’t be a risk to route this cable by means of that gap.
Route the entrance I/O panel’s cables from the highest cutout. I routed them by means of the second cutout solely to appreciate afterwards that routing them by means of the highest cutout can be useful in cable administration.
General, the constructing expertise was good and I didn’t encounter any challenge aside from the observations talked about above. The chassis entrance I/O panel cables had been routed by means of the identical minimize out from the place the PSU cables are going out. All of the connectivity was carried out on the backside of the motherboard.
The Corsair ML Professional 120 Pink was out there with me on the time of constructing therefore used it on the rear. Listed here are the photographs of the construct.
Thermal and acoustical efficiency of the construct was examined utilizing the Good Prime WD9819 anemometer and the Fonseo Digital Sound Meter, each are manufacturing facility calibrated. Ambient temperature was 19°C. To check the CPU thermals, AIDA64 stress check was run for about 30 minutes with stressing the CPU, FPU, RAM. Graphics card’s thermal efficiency was checked with the precise sport play. Listed here are the outcomes:
76°C was the utmost temperature on any core. My chip is doing four.8GHz out of the field on Auto and in doing so the voltages are spiking to 1.300V VCore. Temps are effective general. Most temperature on the GTX 1080 FE was 81°C which is predicted for being a reference version design. It’s simply reaching 80°C in an open bench setup so contained in the chassis it has carried out effectively.
System was left at idle for a while to measure the acoustical efficiency. Needless to say that is the system’s general noise degree not only for any fan. 15 dB(A) was sound degree when it was idling and 41 dB(A) when below load.
The Antec GX200 Blue is a chassis outfitted for the funds gamer who likes efficiency and magnificence within the funds. The chassis has daring seems on the entrance and has effectively all spherical options to stir the competitors on this vary. It’s a compact mid-tower chassis with the size of 450mm x 185mm x 412mm. It has a window facet panel which. It has 7 PCIe slots. It has as much as four Three.5” storage drive mounts, 1x tool-less 5.25” drive bay and 2x 2.5” SSD mounting. It comes pre-installed with the 2 120mm Blue LED followers on the entrance.
There’s a detachable and washable mud filter on the entrance panel. The entrance I/O panel is glossy and good trying. We now have 2x USB Three.zero ports and a USB 2.zero port along with the audio jacks. There are trendy rounded energy and reset buttons which really feel actually good on touching. There’s a massive measurement LED indicator on the highest of this panel which lights up within the blue coloration.
The underside facet mud cowl will be eliminated for cleansing and it isn’t magnetic. The chassis has help for Customary ATX, microATX and mini-ITX type issue motherboards. Graphics playing cards of as much as 380mm size will be put in within the chassis. The CPU Cooler peak clearance is as much as 158mm. PSUs as much as the size of 160mm will be put in.
The storage drive cage is mounted but it surely doesn’t have caddies. Antec has supplied rails which will be mounted on the storage drives and slided contained in the storage cage. It is a useful method as it could assist in the higher airflow from the underside facet purchase not masking the unused house. By way of the cooling provision, the Antec has supplied two 120mm blue LED followers pre-installed on the entrance facet. There’s a fan mount for 120mm on the rear. There isn’t any fan mount on the highest facet or any vent for air circulation. There’s a trendy accent container on the highest facet. Don’t take it as a deal with to hold the chassis round.
The Antec GX330 is listed at PKR 4999/- on the time of the overview. Competitors is stiff on this worth section. That is my second time with the Antec chassis and I’m impressed that Antec has not compromised on the construct high quality even this entry degree funds chassis. It comes with 2 years guarantee.
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