Antec Skeleton ReviewRA1D - November 20, 2008
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The case has a gigantic 250mm that has several different settings you can choose and I've listed them below for you. Fan speed is selectable by a three position, toggle switch while the LED color option is chosen by a push button switch. Labeled the "Super Big Boy", this fan moves a ton of air. At the low setting, it operates very quietly while the medium setting is barely audible. After cranking it up to high, the fan makes a low hum but pushes a large volume of air throughout your system. The lights default to alternating and you must cycle through the colors to reach your desired choice.
- High - 800 RPM - 158 CFM - 32 dBA
- Medium - 600 RPM - 118 CFM - 26 dBA
- Low - 400 RPM - 79 CFM - 17 dBA
- Blue Green
- Blue Red
- Red Green
- Blue Green Red
The Antec Skeleton's front panel provides a reset switch, Firewire port, two USB ports, an eSATA port, audio jacks, and a power on/off button. After installation of the motherboard, it became obvious that the cables provided for these ports are painfully short. This is probably the biggest problem with the Skeleton. The power switch cable in particular is very short and would only let me slide the component tray out a couple of inches with it installed on the motherboard. If you want to slide out the motherboard tray and swap out any component, you will need to remove the front panel connectors from the motherboard and reinstall them when you are finished. Ouch. The issue seems like an easy fix and something that I hope Antec resolves since providing longer cables would allow you to fully extend the component tray with the front panel connectors still hooked up and provide more leeway for cable management. As it is now, there is no way to run these cables out of sight along the frame of the Skeleton, if so desired, since they are so short.
Installation of system components went smoothly. The quick release tabs provided for the drive bays work as advertised. Motherboard and memory installation proved to be very easy. Videocard installation raised an issue with the clear plastic bar that is provided to secure expansion slots in place. You will need to remove this bar in order to install any expansion slots (ex: videocards, sound cards, etc), then reinstall the bar to provide stability for your cards. It seems a bit tedious but not necessarily a deal breaker.