Antec GX700 Case Review
Looking first to the build quality of the GX700 we have a case which feels sturdy with minimal flex to the main body of the product. The paintwork is fault free and each component well soldered or bolted/screwed to the next. Even smaller items like the drive trays and front buttons are of a decent quality but there have clearly been a few minor corners cut to minimise costs. For example the plastic surround on the front, lack of rubber covers on the internal wiring holes or dust filter on the side intake location.
In terms of design the military theme will appeal to many and it has allowed Antec to make some really nice little design tweaks such as the external drive bay clips and interesting fan speed switch cover. We also like that the front filter is easily removable, that there are three exhaust fans installed as standard and that there is plenty of space inside the case. That means we can get cards like the GTX 680 or Radeon 7970 installed with ease as well as 12cm rear radiators or even 240mm top mounted cooling.
What would we have tweaked? Well there are a few minor things such as the front panel audio cable being a little short. Also Antec really should have provided replaceable PCIe slot covers and the panel above them that protects the screws is just too fiddly and really not required. Having three fans for exhausts also seems overkill for the factory install and we would have preferred to see one less fan in that area and instead have a 120mm intake as standard.
For performance the case does well, matched with Antec’s entry level liquid cooling we get some decent temperatures and low noise operation, with additional airflow available on the high fan controller setting if required.
So that brings us to value where it is very hard to fault the $59.99 RRP for this case. Yes there are some small design decisions and little bits of corner cutting but it is all there to balance the low cost and decent flexibility the case offers.