Antec has thrown a special challenge my way today. This will be two reviews, one after the other… I’m looking at both the new HCG-750M semi-modular power supply and the GX-700 Mid-Tower case to go with it. Both of these are intended for the budget-minded consumer. Let’s get right to it.
SUPPLIED BY: Antec
PRODUCT: GX-700 Mid-Tower Case
PROD LINK: Antec’s Current Offerings
PRICE: $59.99 @ NewEgg
Price is at the time of testing!
Now, we’re going to get started with the case. Here’s the box, followed by a list of specifications lifted directly from the Antec site.
|GX-700 Mid-Tower Case – Specifications|
|Color(s)||Black and military green|
|Cooling System||– Includes 2 x 140 mm top fans
Capable of mounting 240 mm radiator for water cooling
– Includes 1 x 120 mm rear fan
– Optional 2 x 120 mm front intake fans
– Optional 120 mm side fan mount to cool graphic cards
|Maximum CPU cooler height||up to 172 mm|
|Water cooling support||Rear water cooling grommets|
|Drive Bays||– 3 + 1 x 5.25″ tool-less drive bays
Click-on 5.25″ drive bay clasps
Top bay designed for controls
-5 x 3.5″ tool-less HDD tray each with 2.5″ SSD/HDD mount
|Front Ports||– 2 x USB 3.0
– 2 x USB 2.0
– Audio In/Out
– Fan controller
|Expansion Slots / video card size||– 7 x PCI-E with thumbscrew access / up to 293 mm (11.5″)|
|Motherboard Support||Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX|
|CPU Cutout||Enlarged CPU Cutout|
|Cable Management||– 13 mm of cable routing space behind motherboard tray
– Cable routing holes
|Side panel features||– Side Panel Window (Right side)
– Two 120 mm fan mounts (Right side – Optional)
– One 120 mm fan mount behind motherboard (Left side – Optional)
|Dimensions||– 19.7″ (H) x 7.9 ” (W) x 17.7″(D) /
– 500 mm (H) x200 mm (W) x 450 mm (D)
|Weight||– Net Weight: 13.8 lb / 6.26 kg
– Gross Weight: 17.2 lb / 7.82 kg
I don’t always copy things in a blatant attempt to be lazy, but when I do, I…
Oh. Uh, yeah. I don’t like it, much. The styling just isn’t really doing it for me today. The military color scheme just doesn’t look that good to me. And talk about light… either this case is made of aluminum or really thin steel.
The front of the case has a removable grille and air filter for the optional front fannage. I count four optical bay slots.
The left side panel has a spot for a 120mm fan. I haven’t seen a case with one of those in a while, come to think of it. Maybe I’ve not been looking hard enough.
The right side panel is as plain as they come.
The back of the case. Nothing much out of the ordinary, here, except the water cooling grommets up top. Something Corsair omitted on the 750D for some reason.
The top of the case has a couple of spaces for fans, which came with this unit. The case will take either 120mm or 140mm fans here… the latter is installed. Towards the front, we have some butt-ugly features that give us our fan control functionality, USB ports, and audio jacks.
The bottom of the case has nothing to talk about but the fan filter. It pulls out to the rear and is very loose on my example.
Wait… is that a fan control switch? If I use it, will I nuke North Korea by accident? I’m going to push it.
No, it doesn’t nuke North Korea. You get high, low, and off positions for your fans.
The 5.25″ bay covers are held in by nothing but the wire clips on either side. You can remove those clips if you want, but doing so will mess up the look of the case if you want to keep any of the four bay covers.
And you have to because the top one is blocked by the cabling for all the ugly stuff on top. You might be able to fit a card reader or fan controller up here or something, but that’s it.
We’ve come to my first major complaint about this case. That grille over the front fan filter? getting that off is a real pain in the you know what. You can get the thumbscrews out with your bare hands, but you then need a screwdriver to pry it out. Once it does come out, the filter can be removed by unclipping it.
Let’s pull the front off now, by grabbing it at the bottom and yanking.
The front bezel is very easy to remove, as you see here. And now, another complaint about this case. The front fans are optional, but unlike the top fan locations, you can only use 120mm fans here. It seems like it might take a 200mm fan as well, but it does not. I tried both the ones from my Corsair 650D and the one from the Twelve Hundred. Both have frames slightly too wide. It does not take 140mm fans here, either. Therefore, the only fan that will work that actually came with the case is the one on the back.
Dislike. This means you’re forced to use negative air pressure to cool this case if you want to use the fans it came with. In this house, in this basement, that’s asking for a dusty mess inside in no time at all. I like to remain positive.