Antec Two Hundred Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on October 23, 2009
Two Hundred is an inexpensive case from Antec, costing only USD 50 in the US. Is it a good choice? Let’s see.
Two Hundred has a small mesh on the left side panel allowing you to install a 120 mm fan there.
The front panel does not come with a door. Two Hundred has three external 5.25” bays and one external 3.5” bay, which is in fact a hot-swap bay for hard disk drives and solid state drives, as we will show you later. The covers used on these bays are not meshed. The bottom part of the front panel, however, is completely meshed, and you can install one or two 120 mm fans behind this mesh.
This case comes with two USB ports and audio jacks on the top part from the front panel.
The top panel features a 140 mm fan with a switch available on the rear panel to select between high and low speeds. At low speed it rotates at 800 rpm, producing an airflow of 33.6 cfm and a noise level of 21.8 dBA; at high speed it rotates at 1,200 rpm, producing an airflow of 58.9 cfm and a noise level of 26 dBA. This fan must be connected directly to the power supply, so you can’t monitor its speed through your motherboard.
In Figure 6, you can see the rear panel from Two Hundred. As you can see, the rear panel isn’t painted. The power supply is installed on the bottom of the case, a feature that is usually only available on more expensive cases. There is a 120 mm fan on the rear panel also with a switch for you to select between two speeds. At low speed it rotates at 900 rpm, producing an airflow of 30.1 cfm and a noise level of 16.9 dBA; at high speed it rotates at 1,500 rpm, producing an airflow of 51.2 cfm and a noise level of 27.9 dBA.
This case has two holes for you to pass hoses from water cooling devices, but these holes must be broken to be used: no rubber protection is available. Also the slot covers used are from that type that needs to be broken, usually found on low-end cases.
The right panel features a tab for installing a padlock or a warranty seal, if you want to restrict people from opening the case.
Both panels are fastened to the case using thumbscrews, which is excellent. In Figure 9 we have an overall look from inside Two Hundred. As you can see, the interior isn’t painted. This first thing that caught our attention was the presence of a big hole on the motherboard tray to give you access to the CPU cooler back plate, allowing you to replace your CPU cooler with a more powerful model without the need of removing the motherboard from the chassis. No holes for routing cables behind the motherboard tray is available.
Daughter boards are fastened to the case using regular screws.
This case does not have an air intake mesh on its bottom panel. Usually on cases where the power supply goes on the bottom part, the power supply must be installed with its fan facing down, and thus the case must have a mesh matching the position of this fan so air can flow. On Two Hundred, however, the power supply must be installed with its fan facing up, eliminating the need for this mesh.
This case has three external 5.25” bays, one external 3.5” bay and six internal 3.5” bays for hard disk drives. This case does not provide any kind of screwless mechanism for the drives.
The external 3.5” bay is not targeted to floppy disk drives but to 3.5” hard disk drives or solid state drives (SSD’s): it comes with hot swap connectors (see Figure 13). The cover for this external bay is in fact a door with a spring, which you can easily push down while installing a drive. When a drive is installed on this bay, around ½” (1 cm) of the front part of the drive is kept outside the case. To remove the drive, you must first press a release button available on the front panel.
Antec Two Hundred case main specs include:
Antec Two Hundred is a mid-tower case targeted to the user that wants an inexpensive mid-tower case with some interesting features. Here is a summary of what we found about this product.
Although very well priced, other products on the same price range may offer a better selection of features for the average user, like Cooler Master Gladiator 600 and NZXT M59 – unless, of course, you can’t live without the external hot-swap bay.