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Antec Gamer Cases

Three Hundred vs. Twelve Hundred
300 vs. 1200
Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 08.07.2008
Manufacturer: Antec
Product Group: System Enclosures
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Temperatures

Both cases being from Antec's gaming range of cases, it made sense to pay special attention to the airflow and temperatures of the components. The temperature tests were ran with all fans set to minimum and maximum speeds. For testing the load temperatures I decided to go with the design of these cases and play Call of Duty 4 until the temperatures no longer rose.

 

Antec 300 vs. 1200
With fans set to minimum speed setting

 

Antec 300 vs. 1200
With fans set to maximum speed setting

In temperature tests the cases come very close to each other. The one or two degree changes in the results can at least partly be blamed on the tests being ran on different days. While the ambient temperature was supposed to be the same 26 C, it may have varied just enough to make a difference.

Anyway let us dig into the results. The largest difference can be seen in the HDD temperature. Despite in the 1200 the disks were placed closely together, the 120 mm fan right next to them simply cools the drives more than the airflow in the Three Hundred. Other than that the results are so close together it seems like even all the six fans of the 1200 simply can't cool the components any further. With higher end parts the differences would supposedly be higher, but with basic gaming computer with decent coolers there simply are no huge differencies between the two cases.

Noise

As one might expect, these aren't actually the quietest cases on the markets. The fans are Antec Tri-Cools and they do their job well in cooling the components. The HDDs are mounted straight to the frame without any vibration dampeners and due to the open front panels of the cases, can be clearly heard. Despite the hard-mounting of the HDDs the case doesn't seem to resonate because of the HDDs. The external fan controllers of the Twelve Hundred are a nice touch, but unfortunately on the 300 the fan controllers are left inside the case. Maybe gamers aren't really after this kind of features, but for me some vibration dampeners and external fan controllers would be very nice details.

Conclusion

Antec Three Hundred

  Dust filters
  Low price and versatile
  Sturdy construction
 
Antec Twelve Hundred

Dust filters 
Cable management 
Well executed drive bays 
Weights a ton 
Award
Editor's Choice!
Award
Highly recommended!


Dust filters are finally starting to really be a standard feature in all new cases, but as the original nine hundred didn't feature them, it's a pleasant surprise Antec decided to add the filters to the new case in the same family.

Altogether the Antec 300 is a sturdy, simple and nicely priced mid-tower case with good ventilation. Installing the rig is easy thanks to the surprisingly spacious inside and the thumb screws. There are no real let-downs in the 300 and especially for its price there's no real reasons NOT to buy it.

The 1200 or, as Antec calls it, The Unbeatable Gaming Case kinda left me speechless. My personal favorites from Antec's product range can still be found from the P1-series of cases, so maybe I'm not the right person to judge a gaming case. Anyway the in-your-face appearances with a window and led fans are sure to split opinions. Also to me the case simply seems too large and heavy. The internal design works well, the whole case feels very sturdy and installing the rig is easy. From these two cases I'd quite frankly pick the smaller 300 one, but as I said, it may have more to do with it fitting my taste better than it being ultimately the better case.






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