|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.2GHZ|
|Motherboard||MSI 680i Diamond|
|RAM||Super Talent 6400 4GB @ 1200MHZ|
|Graphics Card||Vvikoo 8800GT 1GB DDR3|
|HDD||Western Digital Raptor 75GB, Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB|
|OS||Windows XP Pro x86|
Testing cases is another of those odd ones, as the main test of any case, is what features it has, and whether it’s cooling options are quiet. The features are detailed in the look at the case itself, but individual ones will be looked into during the testing to highlight any problems or particularly innovations we liked.
We also have a rather unique test termed the case “strength” test. This involves yours truly standing on said case, and checking how it reacts in terms of flexing. This test is detailed more here.
The original 900 did very well in this test, not flexing at all. I’m happy to announce that the v2 is just as, if not stronger than the original 900. I was able to stand on it (with my measly 10 stone/140lbs) and there wasn’t even the smallest hint of flexing at all. Users should have no problem slinging this bad boy around at a LAN.
Noise wise, the Antec 900 V2 is a bit of a mixed bag. If all fans are at their lowest settings, the case is completely inaudible. Thankfully Antec have provided switches and dials that allow you to increase or decrease the speed of each fan. All you need do is crank the speed on each one up to about 50%, and it’ll begin to get a bit noisy. Get them all the way up to 100%, and it will quickly turn into something far too noisy for most people. The highest speed I would personally have, before it begins to annoy me is around 40% on each dial for the front 2 fans, and “low” for the top, and rear mounted fans.
Behind the rear side panel (yea that’s what I’m calling it) Antec provided plenty of holes to route cables through, with lots of space behind the motherboard tray to allow a large quantity of cabling hidden behind. There’s also two cable ties provided to make the process even easier.
The 900 v2.0 will set you back around £100. For what this case gives you, I’d say that was a pretty fair price.