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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  • IvanAndreevich - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
    (Quad-core 3.0GHz, 2x6MB L2, 1333FSB)

    It's 2x4MB L2 ;)
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  • v1001 - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    My brother has this case. It's hideous. I about laughed when I saw it. I just bought this super small shuttle case that is very cool and quiet and fits anywhere. He gets this monster and it's HUGE. I mean really HUGE and loud. Totally out of place in his living room. At first I seriously thought he had like this big ugly guitar amp sitting next to his desk. I was like "what the hell did you get this for?? This isn't 2001 anymore! We don't have super hot CPU's, they run super cool and can fit in any tight case with minimal fans now!". I made him turn all the fans down though so at least it was quiet. Which the temp never budged because it was overkill anyway. With all the fans down and really not needed it tells you that it's all pointless anyway. Reply
  • bruf - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    Any case recommendations for long gfx card (GTX or Radeon X2) from Antec or other manufacturers which sport the same minimalist/conservative design? I really like my Antec Solo case, but it doesn't fit the new high-end gfx cards from nVidia & ATI...

    Thx,
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  • Christoph Katzer - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    If you don't have too many drives take this one ;) Reply
  • just4U - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    I'd love to see a revamped Lanboy.. It wouldn't have to be called that just based around some of it's design. All aluminum, (black would be nice) Top mounted PSU, Side drive cages (i was a fan of those) Front and back 120mm fans (hell make them bigger if they want It would be a fatter case tho) Just make sure they have a mesh for cleaning. Perhaps a removable MB tray (wishful thinking) Normal full view window. All in all I think that thing would sell like hotcakes. Reply
  • greywood - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    I did a build based on the original Antec 900 case; worst choice of case I've made in years! I wanted to build a good gaming rig that would also be quiet - not! Config is: Intel E8500, 4Gb Ram, 2 DVD's 2 HDD's, single ATI 4780 512 Mb video. I had to relegate the thing to use as a "guest" machine. Sounds like a bloody 727 on takeoff. Reply
  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - link

    Then just do what I do. I have an older TitanS case which uses 2 120mm fans but is still not that quiet. I keep it under my desk and have the floor underneath with carpet, some foam on the underside of the desk that you can't see unless you are under there, and foam behind the LCD monitor and attached to the wall behind the case. Nothing obstructs airflow or traps heat, it just significantly helps at absorbing sound that would otherwise reflect up to the user and be unbearable. Reply
  • The0ne - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    I've built a few computers using the old 900 and they're not loud; the fans that is. You should determine what this "loud" is coming from other than just putting everything in and saying the case is loud. It's one of the quieter cases out there but still doesn't compare to 180's. Reply
  • pepsimax2k - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    fwiw, mine's not bad at all (quieter than vaio laptop when idle).
    5200+ (89w), 4gb, 2dvds, 2hdds, 3850.
    Every fan's on low (two front, top, rear, 2x psu 80mms), hsf's at 1000rpm, and it's perfectly fine. Only the HSF gets pretty loud when it ramps up, but idle temps are 24C so it's all good. I figure if I remove a front fan and either the top or rear it's gonne be quiet enough for most people.
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  • pepsimax2k - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    About the GC space and cages sticking out the front; this is actually doable without too much hastle.

    Just shunt *all* the front devices forward a little; it shouldn't look abnormal at all as the sides, front and bottom overlap quite a lot (at least on the original 900). If that doesn't give you room, you can just remove the three front bezels from the front fan adaptor and move it even further forward. You loose the uniform look, but if you screw on a fan filter (black, or in my case chrome) to the front of the fan holder it covers the fan up and gives an almost normal looking front. You'll also wanna fill in the gaps in the side of the fan holder (left after removing the bezels), just some black electrical tape over some card cut to the right side works for me. This has given me enough space to fit an ide cable in behind a GC / power connector (angled towards the front of the case).
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