Antec Six Hundred V2 Mid Gaming Case

Posted by on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 12:00am

antec 600 v2Today we get to take a detailed look at another new case of Antec's, one that is based around a great selling previous model, which this one will no doubt continue that success. The previous model we are talking about is the original Six Hundred case, a winner due mostly to its unique top panel and aggressive front bezel, a style that was something many of us have never seen in a gaming case before. But now, Antec figures that they could improve on that uniqueness even more by re-releasing the case under the Six Hundred V2 badge, and kicking in some nice features as well; typically found on their higher end models.

Introduction to the Antec Six Hundred V2 Mid Gaming Case

When it comes to creating a gaming chassis it seems that the goal is to be as different or unique as possible, while still remaining efficient and functional. Yet, at the same time you have the make the chassis appeal to the buyer as well. We have seen many gaming cases pass across the test-bench here at Pro-Clockers, and they all seem to have those small differences that matter.

Antec, a grand manufacturer that has been in the DIY case market for some time, and is one of those top producers of gaming cases. Proof of that is Antec is celebrating their 25th year of being in business, and Pro-Clockers salute you for this feat! This great achievement aside, when it comes to making cases which looking like no other, Antec take the cake. Just look at the very unique LanBoy series, the very wild open-air Skeleton tech benches, or the extreme looks of the Dark Fleet models (which we had the honor of reviewing one). Antec shows no signs of stopping and is looking to keep these changes coming.

Today we get to take a detailed look at another new case of Antec's, one that is based around a great selling previous model, which this one will no doubt continue that success. The previous model we are talking about is the original Six Hundred case, a winner due mostly to its unique top panel and aggressive front bezel, a style that was something many of us have never seen in a gaming case before. But now, Antec figures that they could improve on that uniqueness even more by re-releasing the case under the Six Hundred V2 badge, and kicking in some nice features as well; typically found on their higher end models.

The differences are not readily apparent to most, at least visually from the front, as you have to venture to the top panel in order to see one of the additions made to this case. So follow on to the next few pages and we will fill you in on what all this Six Hundred V2 has in store for you!

Antec’s take on the Six Hundred V2

The Six Hundred is designed for gaming purists. With new features like a built-in 2.5" hot swap hard drive caddy and CPU cutout, the Six Hundred delivers both the flash and the core essentials, including a hard-hitting cooling system with a 200 mm overhead TriCool™ blue LED fan. The Six Hundred is pure, simple gaming design at its finest.


Specifications

· Bottom-mounted power supply isolates heat and noise
· Front-loaded hot swap 2.5" drive caddy
· Perforated front bezel delivers maximum air intake
· CPU cutout allows for easy installation of CPU coolers
· Windowed top panel for unique "moonroof" visibility
· Windowed side panel with optional fan mount
· Cable management compartment organizes cables discreetly
· Front-loaded HDD cage for up to 6 hard disk drives
· Cable management ties help keep your case tidier
· 11 drive bays
   - 6 x internal 3.5" HDDs
   - 3 x external 5.25" HDDs
   - 1 x external front-loaded hot swap 2.5" SATA HDD caddy
   - 1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD drive
· 7 expansion slots
·  Cooling system
   - 1 x top 200mm TriCool™ blue LED fan
   - 1 x rear 120mm TwoCool™ blue LED fan
   - 2 x front 120mm fans for HDDs (optional)
   - 1 x side 120mm fan for graphics cards (optional)
· Front ports
   - 3 x USB 2.0
  - Audio In and Out (AC'97 and HDA compatible)
· Washable air filters for quick, easy cleaning
· Maximum video card size: 11.5"/292mm (Note: some video cards may block access to the adjacent hard drive bay)
· Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
· Power supply not included
·  Unit dimensions
   - 491mm (H) x 212mm (W) x 492mm (D)
   - 19.3" (H) x 8.3" (W) x 19.4" (D)
·  Package dimensions
   - 565mm (H) x 273mm (W) x 559mm (D)
   - 22.25" (H) x 10.75" (W) x 22" (D)
· Net weight: 15.3 lbs / 6.9 kg
· Gross weight: 18.7 lbs / 8.5 kg


Closer look at the exterior

Here we have a snapshot of the Six Hundred V2 dead on from the front, and like the model it is based off of, it is not overbearing at all. Indeed, somewhat simple in design, but the result is a case that looks ideal for a gaming rig. The case stands just over twenty-two inches tall and weighs in at just over fifteen pounds.

We begin our tour of the V2 at the front, from the top and working our way down. Here we have a total of three standard 5.25” drive bays for your optical drives, card readers, fan controllers, etc etc. An addition to this case that was not present on the first version is a front mounted 2.5” hot swap bay caddy; ideal for SSDs and 2.5” laptop drives. Below the drive bays is a large mesh area that hides the location for dual 120mm cooling fans. Placed in front of them is a nice, large and washable dust screen which just pops off when it needs cleaning.

The most interesting part of the Six hundred is the top panel. Here we see there is a lot to talk about. The first would be that huge 200mm TriCool fan Antec has re-equipped this case with, but since that isn't new we'll have to skip over it (although it does illuminate blue when the system is powered up). Next would have to be what Antec calls a ‘moonroof’. What this is would be, a smoked translucent panel, which is a bit too smoked as you can see... Had it been a tad more clear, would even then only give you a good visual of the top of the optical drive. Given the option to mount the optical in a lower bay would work out a little better as then at least you would be able to see more of the other components inside. A for effort as least!

The I/O area was kept quite simple as there are a total of three USB 2.0 ports, but no eSATA, USB 3.0 or FireWire. To their right are the reset and power buttons, along with two complimentary audio jacks sitting in between.

The left side panel contains a window that covers about half of it, which is covered in a plastic film coating to protect it during shipping. The window has a small fan location for mounting another 120mm cooling fan to blow in the direction of the GPU.

The opposite side panel is plain Jane, with no ventilation opening.

In the rear of the case is a 120mm TriCool that also glows blue when powered. Atop the rear is a two channel fan controller to adjust the speed of the top and rear fans. Also present is a switch to power off and on the LEDs on the top mounted fan.

If you want to run an exterior rad for a water-cooling loop these covers will have to be punched out. Be prepared to purchase rubber grommets for the opening in order to not cut your tubing, as these will be razor sharp! Also, the rear expansion slot covers also need to be punched out in order to be operational. Once removed they are not replaceable, which is rather unfortunate.


Closer look at the interior

Removing the two thumbscrews that hold on the side panel, you are greeted with a steel gray interior. Sadly in order to keep the costs down it does not sport an all black interior like what we have come accustom to seeing. Aside from that, you are quickly greeted by a large cut-out in the motherboard tray to remove/replace CPU coolers backplates. Lacking is cut-outs from running cables but there is a narrow channel beside the drive cage to do some cable management.

Speaking of the drive cages, the Six Hundred V2 has room for six internal 3.5” hard drives and a two 2.5” drives. One of the 2.5” locations is actually just four holes located in the bottom of the chassis to bolt down the drive, the other being the front hotswap port. Up front you can see where the location to mount two more 120mm cooling fans.

The two cooling fans from the inside. Left to right are the 120MM rear, and the top mounted behemoth 200mm.


Conclusion

The Antec Six Hundred V2 is a refresh of case that we feel offered quite a number of good features, though did manage to lack some as well. The overall design is a plus in our book, even as a refresh it is a welcomed change to what we are currently seeing being offered at local stores and e-tailers. The way the fan is integrated into the top of case is very unique, but the addition of the window could have been moved back towards the rear of the case to where you can view other components of the system. Where it is right now it only provides a birds eye view of the optical drive.

Speaking of drives, the Six Hundred chassis offers a lot in the way of drive support. A total of six 3.5” drives can be installed, along with a 2.5” in the front hotswap port. Unfortunately, in order to install the hard drives you have to get your screw driver ready, as the Six Hundred V2 is not tool-less.

The motherboard tray does have a nice sized cut-out for ease of changing out CPU coolers. But it offered very little in the form of cable management. There are no outlets to route cables to the side of the case. But there is a small area beside the HDD bays to place any extra cabling you may have left over.

Two things the Six Hundred V2 does have going for it is the external hotswappable 2.5” hard drive slot in the front, and the three year warranty.

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