Antec Nine Hundred Two Reviewtacohunter52 - February 15, 2009
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If you decide to spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on an insane computer, you're going to want the case to look as good as the hardware you stuff inside it. While some people may live by the paradigm, "It's whats on the inside that counts," it's these types who usually can't tell the difference between a microwave and a toaster oven. The real Gamers/Enthusiasts know that you need a sweet chasis for your rig. If the case looks great, that's awesome, and looks should be considered an added bonus. A great computer case needs to have good airflow, hopefully some kind of noise reduction, lots of space; and most importantly did I mention good airflow? If a case has all of these, it usually looks cool. The case I'll be reviewing is what I will call the sequel to Antec's popular Nine Hundred case - the Nine Hundred Two. With a 200X30mm top exhaust fan, two 120X25mm front intake fans with fan controllers, one rear exhaust fan, and room for 2 more fans, this case looks like a mid-tower beast. Because the case is a mid-tower, I'm curious on how things will fit in. Video cards seem to be getting bigger by the generation, so hopefully Antec has made room for any card to fit.
According to Antec, the Nine Hundred was one of the best selling gaming cases. This could be true as many people use an Antec case of some sort: the Three Hundred; Nine Hundred; or Twelve Hundred. The Nine Hundred Two is supposed to build upon the design of the original Nine Hundred. It should have increased air flow, as well as a dominating new look. If the Nine Hundred was 3 times better then the Three Hundred, then the Nine Hundred Two should be 2 times better then the original. Will this case be the new "Ultimate Gaming Case"? Let's find out!
Antec took a more pleasant approach to the boxes design then usual. Instead of trying to cram it full of logos and specifications, we are greeted with a picture of the top portion of the case, as well as the Antec logo in the top left and along the bottom section. Additionally, there is the case name and a description of how this is the "Ultimate Gaming Case Evolved." I'm hoping it will live up to its title.
The back of the box reveals three pictures of the Nine Hundred Two, along with three columns. Each of these columns contain specifications in different languages. The Antec logo keeps its home in the top left corner, while the three other corners are populated with a Quiet Computing logo, some brief information about contacting Antec, and the bar code/pictures of junk (aka umbrellas, wine glasses, hands, and the recycle logo). Both sides sport separate pictures of the product with brief descriptions; one with all the special bits and where they are located and the other with a brief description of why the Nine Hundred Two is the Ultimate Gaming Case.
Upon opening the box, we see the top of the case tightly wedged between to pieces of foam. This is where we get our first glimpse of the "Big Boy." upon removal of the case, I was pleased to see that absolutely nothing had been damaged. The plastic did have a slight rip towards the bottom of the case. The way things are shipped these days, it wasn't unexpected.