Mid-Tower Case Round-Up: Antec, Corsair, NZXT, Thermaltake

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Mid-Tower Round-Up: Antec, Corsair, NZXT, ThermaltakeIt’s been a while since our last case roundup--a long while, actually--so it’s high time we did another. We take a look at a slew of (mostly) mid tower cases on the following pages, including the Antec Eleven Hundred, the Corsair Carbide 400R and 500R, the NZXT Source 220, and Thermaltake Chaser MK-I, each designed for a slightly different consumer.

Every case in this roundup has strengths, weaknesses, and features that the others may not have, although each also has its own value proposition. If a case is flashy and feature-laden, in general, it will come with a higher price tag as well. If it’s more stripped-down, it'll generally costs less. If a case is targeted as an attention getter, it should do so with swagger, but if it’s trying to keep a low profile, in turn it should deliver that with stealthy class...

Mid-Tower Case Round-Up: Antec, Corsair, NZXT, Thermaltake

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fat78 replied on Thu, Jan 5 2012 1:05 PM

Nice review

Antec has some nice airflow cases, but most don't have airfilters to slow airflow. Which also makes them dust magnets.

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fat78:

Nice review

Antecedent has some nice airflow cases, but most don't have airfilters to slow airflow. Which also makes them dust magnets.

You can rectify that with some swiffer pads over the fans or pantyhose. 

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fat78 replied on Thu, Jan 5 2012 3:46 PM

Well i dont mean that it is hard to clean the computer out, but their cases do need to be cleaned out more often.

I would love to get an antec df-85 case because i love the number of fans they stuck on it .

Edit:  the 1100 does have air filters. Although i don't see them doing much because they are very thin in front of  the hard drive bays, so airflow isn't really limited much and most of the air intake spots are opened mesh which helps airflow.

Personally i love antec cases because of how they make their cases with large open mesh for airflow.

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FYI guys, the Eleven Hundred does have dust filters in the front of the chassis and is easily removed by pulling the bezel off (which requires no screws to be removed).

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I like the NZXT box, just because of it's plainness that comes with good features, and at a nice price.

The type of fasteners inside don't matter to me because I use screws to anchor everything anyway.

I also like the Corsair Carbide 500R for looks and utility if I were to consider building a Enthusiast Water Cooling Setup of my own. It has a lot of room and isn't gaudy either.

It's just BIG! Surprise

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NZXT just makes cheapo cases. Even the Phantom feels cheap.

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Antec FTW. I've used them a lot and no complaints.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Jan 8 2012 1:31 AM

Great review. Corsair makes some good cases but boy are they expensive; regardless, I'm surprised that all cases performed similarly. In this case it almost feels less like finding the best case and more like finding the case with the best looks. I'm not doubting Corsair's editor's choice win; just whether or not they'll ever be a truly unique case we can buy.

 

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Thermaltake, the Chaser-MK-I for me is the winner nice design ,nice airflow, acceptable price and just looks beast.i liked the corsair too

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