Introduction


We have already looked at quite a few cases from Antec, including the extremely popular P160, the follow-up P182, and the Three Hundred. We didn't get a chance to test the Nine Hundred or the Twelve Hundred, but today we're looking at the successor to the Nine Hundred: the Antec Nine Hundred Two. The appearance has changed a little and it does include some new features, but it retains many similarities with its predecessor, including the nine front 5.25" drive bays.

The focus of this chassis is clearly on the gaming market, where users want maximum performance but still desire a case that's easy enough to carry to LAN parties. The Antec Three Hundred impressed us with a smaller chassis and simple but effective features, and while it's somewhat larger we expect very good things from the Nine Hundred Two as well. Let's start with a look at the specifications for the chassis, then we'll take a closer look at its appearance, internal design, ease of use, and performance.

Specifications
Motherboard Formfactor ATX, Micro ATX
Drive Bays External 9x 5,25" (1x 3,5" cover)
Internal 6x 3,5"
Cooling Front 2x 120mm intake
Rear 1x 120mm exhaust
Top 1x 200mm exhaust
Side 1x 120mm (Optional)
Bottom -
Expansion Slots 8
Front I/O Port 2x USB, 1x Audio, 1x Micro, 1x eSATA
Power Supply Size Standard ATX
Weight 11,5kg
Dimensions 218 x 493 x 472 (WxHxD in mm)
Appearance
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  • JeBarr - Saturday, February 14, 2009 - link

    This might have made sense on the full size 1200 and I suppose still useful for some, but still seems like a waste for the targeted audience. Thanks for the nice photos I don't always get that here and is appreciated. Reply
  • CZroe - Saturday, February 14, 2009 - link

    Many people mount their HDDs backwards in Antec 900 cases. It certainly looks cleaner and it solves the problem with clearance behind the graphics cards. My older 900 required me to Dremel some holes under the motherboard to route the wires but Antec caught on quickly and pre-drilled them in later 900 cases. I'm sure that they didn't forget when making the Nine-Hundred Two. Reply
  • jjj - Saturday, February 14, 2009 - link

    It's nice to see that you guys try to test cases with high end parts but I wish you would use some bigger CPU coolers too.I'm farely sure a TRUE on a DFI LP UT X58 or EVGA x58 wouldn't fit because there isn't enough space above the mobo. Reply
  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - link

    That does seem like an omission. If you are going to go with 3 freaking GPU's in tri-SLI I would assume you would have a Tuniq Extreme or something on there that is massive.

    Mr. Katzer, please at least test this in the future to make sure large cpu coolers will fit. I understand you want to keep the setup the same for comparison purposes to previous reviews, but just pop a larger cooler on to make sure clearance issues don't cause problems.
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  • Christoph Katzer - Thursday, February 19, 2009 - link

    I am currently building a second system (i7) and Noctua sent us two different coolers that we can test different setups. First ones tested with two systems are the Thermaltake ElementS and Antec NSK4480II. Reply
  • poohbear - Saturday, February 14, 2009 - link

    u guys say:

    "The drawback of course is that you can only fit a maximum of nine hard drives"

    wow, so, their target audience might need more than 9 hdd?! lol that's hardly a drawback man. jebus.
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  • yacoub - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    quote:

    As it stands, with 380 800 Ultra graphics cards


    Using dictatorial software, eh? :)
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  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - link

    Ha I wondered what that meant, now I just read it phonetically and see how Dragon misconstrued that. :) Reply
  • strikeback03 - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    Glad to see they added a side filter to this. I built a system for by brother in law in a Three Hundred and we ended up having to tape cheesecloth to the inside of the side panel behind the side vent to filter dust. Has the standard fans at the top/rear, and a 120mm blowing in through the hard drive cage, all fans at slow. Reply
  • ianken - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    ...that's a pretty sloppy cabling job there guys.

    Alos, this might make a nice server box. Nine bays up front, I could fit three four disc traless hotswap cages there.
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