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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  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - link

    Circular swirling of hot air stuck inside the case? Doesn't make a lot of sense with the huge 200mm exhaust fan at the top but I guess anything is possible when you cram 3 large graphics cards and multiple HD/opticals in there. I did a double take when I saw the open case shot with everything installed. It looked like a mini-ATX!!! Reply
  • Christoph Katzer - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    Nope, Reply
  • volgagerman - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    Any chance we'll see a review of the Cooler Master HAF932 on this site? It seems to offer the best possible cooling at the moment, if you can get past the military data center look. Just curious as to how it would compare with the rest of your current lineup from a temp/acoustic perspective. Reply
  • sonci - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    Not surprised that is a good cooling case, tons of fans without dust filters, certainly not for my living room.. Reply
  • Zak - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    I'm actually running an older CM Stacker with lots of fans and no filters and due to large positive pressure very little dust accumulates inside. It can be done. Z. Reply
  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - link

    Does....Not....Compute....

    Unless you have a filter on the intake fan(s), there is no way you are not accumulating dust inside unless that is a jet engine on the intake side that prevents any dust from settling. I'll agree if you have adequate positive pressure on a FILTERED intake you will see very little dust in the system. But if you are telling me you have zero filtration, I just don't see it being possible unless you're in a cleanroom.
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  • fri2219 - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    Kind of defeats the purpose of the fans.

    I guess they surmised that if you put enough plastic windows and blinking lights on it, you'd be able to sell a bowl of tapeworms to you average WoWTard.
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  • Bonesdad - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    I think it's pretty hideous... Reply
  • MamiyaOtaru - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    Looks better than the original 900 IMHO. That slanted front was hideous. I don't mind this one at all, though I wish the pastic accents would go. Reply
  • Nfarce - Friday, February 13, 2009 - link

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I suppose. I think it's pretty cool looking. Apparently the "in" thing right now for cases is military stealth-type design with angular references. Kinda like something you'd see in a futuristic Sci-Fi flick. Reply

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