Antec Roundup July 2014 – featuring Nineteen Hundred Case and Kuhler 950/1250
Antec are well known for creating high performance cases and PSUs, with many of their models receiving awards from us in the past. In recent times they have also created some high performance liquid coolers and even branched out into audio products. Today we have a roundup of a little of everything from them… Bluetooth audio devices, a couple of coolers, two different PSUs and their high end Nineteen Hundred case.
The Nineteen Hundred
The Nineteen Hundred arrives in a large box with familiar Antec Styling. We get a decent image of the case on the front and various bits of product info on the other sides. Inside the case is wrapped in plastic, suspended in foam and the case windows have another protective layer on them too. Bundled with the Nineteen Hundred is a small manual and a collection of screws, cable ties and fan adapters.
Antec make the Nineteen Hundred in black/green and black/red with the red one being our sample. The red is applied to the PCIe slots, front grill and the drive bay tray’s rubber vibration dampeners. On the front surface we find three 5.25” bays and power/reset buttons along with our front panel connectors. Those are 2x USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio in/out and 4x USB 3.0. Also visible in the above image is the left side panel which is windowed.
The Nineteen Hundred measures 69.6×22.3×55.5 cm and uses a SECC steel construction.
Turning round to the back of the case and starting at the top we find two screws to remove the top panel and beneath them a fan controller. A 12cm exhaust location sits beside the I/O location and beneath that 9 expansion card slots and two tubing holes. Finally on the back we have two PSU locations, more on them later.
Turning round to the right side we have a blank surface and then on the base four rubber feet and a PSU intake vent (dust filtered).
Up on top we have a perforated surface and by removing the panel we can see that Antec pre-install two 12cm fans and a dust filter in this location. Like the rest of the factory installed fans these are fluid dynamic bearing models.
After removing the sides we can see that the Nineteen Hundred is split into two chambers. Up top is our “normal” area and then in the bottom section, which has its own noise dampened doors, we find six drive bays and a PSU location.
Back up in the main chamber we see that there are plenty of rubber lined wiring holes and a CPU backplate cut-out to make installation of coolers easier. Antec have also installed some cable holders on the back of the tray at the factory.
Looking around the main chamber we can see that the PCIe slots use thumbscrews and that the three fans in this area are wired in to the fan controller already. The three 5.25” bays have tool free operation and there is another column of drive bays beneath (for a total of 17), sitting to the side of three more 12cm fans on the front panel. Antec also provide clips on the left side of the bays for additional cooling should we need it.
In terms of compatibility we have support for GPUs up to 13 inches and coolers with a height of 17.5cm. Motherboards of SSI CEB, E-ATX, ATX, MicroATX and Mini ITX are all supported.