Antec's Return: Cube mITX Case Designed by Razer Hands-On

By Published September 04, 2016 at 1:58 pm
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Once a leading force in the industry with the Antec 900, the company has been mostly quiet for the last few years. Antec's newest endeavor is in partnership with Razer, similar to what NZXT did with the H440 (“By Razer”) and S340 (“By Razer”) cases. We're not completely sure of how much design involvement Razer had with Antec on the case, but previous partnerships were largely logo licensing/branding and green/black color schemes that were not otherwise available.

The case was at PAX West 2016 for the first time, where we got a few moments of unsupervised hands-on with the case (see video below) for the basic specs. Since shooting that video, we've also retrieved a specs table from Antec (also below) with the hard information.

 

Antec Cube by Razer Specs

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The Antec Cube Designed by Razer is a small form factor, mini-ITX case with an aluminum shell. The enclosure goes hard with acrylic windows, outfitting the top, left, and right sides with tinted acrylic paneling. On its face, the Cube uses a meshed front intake with the usual assortment of front I/O and buttons or switches.

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Internally, the enclosure is capable of supporting up to 1x140mm rear radiator (or fan) and up to a single 240mm radiator in the front (or 2x120mm fans). The system includes a single 120mm exhaust fan. PSU length maxes out at 200mm and GPU clearance maxes out at 350mm (most cards – though not all partner cards). You'd probably want to use a blower fan for this case, as the motherboard is inverted and faces the GPU up (out of the acrylic), similar to the Revolt 2. This means no breathing for dual axial fan cards.

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There are 4x 2.5” SSD mounts and a single 3.5” HDD mount in the case (at least three of the total mounts are in the right side compartment). The PSU is partially obfuscated by a shroud, and its cables route up-and-out into the main compartment.

We might be reviewing this one. Stay tuned.

Editorial: Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke
Video: Keegan “HornetSting” Gallick

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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