Antec recently bombarded my work table with its Antec GX900 Mid tower cabinet! Its green, its rugged and of-course its military theme, yeah I know just like me you even like that paint job. Not only is the GX900 impressive and catchy at first glace but is also a killer deal priced at just around Rs 4500/-. Aimed not only at budget users but also at those who have a knack for distinguished computer components. Its not only my first military themed cabinet but still I'm impressed by its over all appeal and would like to congratulate Antec for offering something like this in this price range.
So without any further a due lets take a quick look at the spec sheet and see what's the Antec GX900 actually has under its hood.
- Dimension: 450(H) x 210(W) x 435(L) mm
- Motherboard Support: ATX, micro ATX, mini-ITX
- Expansion Slots: 7
- Form Factor: Mid-tower
- Drive Bays: Toolless (x2) 5.25-inch, (x4)2.5-inch, (x3) 3.5-inch
- Cooling: Rear 1x120 mm (optional), Front: 1x120 mm + 1 optional, Top 2x120 mm (140 mm optional), Bottom 1x120 mm optional
- Front I/O: (x2) USB 3.0, (x2) USB 2.0, Audio jacks
- Weight: 6 kg
- Warranty: 2 years
Now lets start with our review and weight the Antec GX900 on the following criterion. Feel free to jump to any particular section if you feel like.
- The Packing
- Inside and Out the GX900
- Testing: Load tests and Noise Levels
- To Buy or not to buy?
The PackingThe Antec GX900 comes in a plain and simple cardboard box with key configurations and features printed on either sides. The cardboard is a bit thin but is wrapped in bubble wrap and is customary by Antec so that's a part of the packing and isn't postal service dependent.
Inside the cabinet rests in an upright face up alignment & this of-course reduces the overall packing cost to put the extra money in cabinet quality and hence is a welcome move by Antec.
Still in compensation the cabinet is secured firmly between two thick braces of Styrofoam blocks and in support two sheets on the sides to cushion the convex side panels from taking any damage during transit especially in India where 'fragile' stickers are solemnly payed attention to by the delivery guy.
The Styrofoam is thick, as this case is not very light so there is plenty of shock value to this packaging. The case is actually really lightweight for this amount of foam. Its big and very compacted Styrofoam that is really tough to break.
Mine came in ship shape condition and I was highly impressed by this packing scheme as there wasn't a single dent or scratch on the cabinet.
Also it includes a standard manual for the cabinet, three braces for HDD and two for SSD and two zip ties along with ample of screws for your radiators, fans, SSDs etc.
Inside and Out the GX900
The top houses 2x120mm fans which come pre-installed and are connected to the fan controller provided along. You can replace them with a 2x140mm fans set or even a radiator block of 120mm, 240mm, 140mm and 280mm. No dust filters on top are provided and the fans are from some Chinese manufacturer which surprisingly gives decent cooling!
At the bottom we have an option to add an extra 120mm fan alongside the PSU. Both these come with two individual dust filters that can removed easily even when the cabinet is upright.
Ample of Cable routing options are available and we have over 2.5cm of clearance in the rear along with additional 1cm courtesy to the convex side panel to make cable routing a breeze.
- Ample of space for installing big and heavy components
- Cable management is very easy
- Long graphic cards can be easily installed.
- Comes with three 120mm fans pre-installed
- The caddies for HDD/SSD is still a more convenient option over braces
- No dust filters for the top vents
Exhaust fan vents on top are huge! And might be appealing to some and very ugly to others, leaving it to your own personal taste.
The side panels are a bit flimsy and are tightened by thumb screws at the back with cheap plastic handles to assist in removal.
- Very appealing and impressive build quality
- The military theme is fully justified
- Sturdy build quality with flamboyant designs
- Side panel is a bit flimsy
- Panel handles are cheap plastic
- Dust filters are not removable
Testing: Load tests and Noise LevelsTo see the performance of the Antec GX900 I fitted it with the following key components:
AMD FX 8350 3.5 Ghz Octa Core
ASUS STRIX-GTX 750TI OC 2GB DDR5
Antec Kuhler H2O 650 Liquid Cooler
Antec VP400P 400W PSU
I installed one of the two pre-installed top 120mm fans at the back to make space for the radiator block & didn't left all the fans to run on maximum speed at 12V DC.
The results were quite surprising for both the temperatures and noise levels. Not only were the temperatures well within the safe range and quite cool but also the noise from all the fans and cooler were decent because of the rubber legs at the bottom and the the thick metal frame avoiding any shaking or vibrational activity.
To Buy or not to buy?The Antec GX900 is surprisingly a very versatile cabinet catering to both gamers & enthusiasts alike. Not only is its performance and customizability options rich and easy to use but also the lucrative price tag of Rs 4500/- makes it a sweet deal.
I highly recommend the Antec GX900 to everyone who has a sweet tooth for military theme and doesn't want to compromise on performance for the sake of looks. Its wild, solid, stern and uninhibited with features to make your neighbors go green with envy!
I give it a 8.5/10