Antec New Solution NSK 3480 MicroATX Tower Reviewccokeman -
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Hard drives can be mounted in several areas in the Antec NSK 3480. There are two dedicated areas that feature silicon vibration dampeners to isolate the hard drives to reduce any noise from them. One is available in the upper compartment and will take up the space of one 5.25" bay. The other is on the floor of the enclosure and is similarly attached. If a floppy drive will not be used, this area can house another drive if need be.
The side panel air intake features an adjustable duct to bring fresh cool air directly into the CPU heatsink. Shown, are the fully extended and retracted positions. This gives a fair amount of adjustability to work with the heatsinks on the market. In this case the stock AMD heatsink was used.
To ventilate the upper chamber of the dual chamber design, Antec has used the power supply as the sole means of moving air through this area. In the lower chamber, Antec has used a three speed 120mm fan in the rear with the option of adding two 92mm fans on the front of the case. The 120mm fan is not self adjusting based on temperature, but by a three position switch with each "stop" marked with the speed.
Case connectivity is for the most part standard fare. The front panel connections include front panel audio and microphone, two USB, and one Firewire port. The connections for the switches include a power L.E.D., Hdd L.E.D., and power and reset switches.
Last but not least, are the power supply cord, hardware kit, and documentation. The documentation includes information about the warranty, manual, pin assignments for the case wiring, and of course the Antec case sticker.