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August 03, 2012

Gadget ON: Antec One S3 Gaming PC Case - Unboxing

Just recently Antec send me this Antec One S3 Gaming Series PC case for review and for now let me show you how I was impress by this pc gaming case.

antec one s3

For new builders and seasonal system integrators alike, everyone will find something to like in Antec’s One S /One S3.

This enclosure is stocked with features any builder will value at an attractive price – ample cooling, USB 3.0, tool-less 5.25” & 3.5” drive bays and bottom mounted PSU intake with air filter – so that you can put your PC together with ease and get to the fun stuff. If you’re looking for high quality PC essentials at an affordable cost, then this enclosure is the One for you.
S3-Box  S3-Box Side

I was expecting this box will be heavy since this a gaming case with how it is design, but surprisingly the package weight is just right.


The back panel’s design is neat, one of its feature I like is the second exhaust fan, another thing I notice was the support for the parallel slots that you seldom see nowadays in new PC Case.

S3-Side

The side panel design was clean and simple and comes away smoothly, The cover case can be removed easily by a thumbscrews, which is becoming the standard for easy access.

S2-Open

One opened, I notice that this might be a bit cramped if I will be using a gaming motherboard, if you will be adding some PCI cards and VGA cards on it.

S3-Backlook  S3-cables
S3-HDD bay  S3-HDD lock
S3-Opened

The tool-less ODD bays is advantage , using a levered system that is not only simple, but that’s quite reliable. There are also a lot of cutout for the cooler access.

S3-Front
S3-front1 S3-Top

The front panel design on the upper edge have USB 3 ports for easy connection to your USB devices, with the Line In/Out, it also include a USB2 adapter for your devices that are not yet USB 3.

S3-SideOpen  S3-Topside

SPECIFICATIONS:
• 10 drive bays: 3 x 5.25” / 5 x 3.5” / 2 x 2.5”
• Motherboards: Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX
• Maximum graphics card length: 10.5” (266 mm)
• Maximum CPU cooler height: 6.1” (155 mm)
• Cooling system:
- 1 x 120 mm top blue LED exhaust fan
- 1 x 120 mm rear exhaust fan (optional)
- 1 x 120 mm side intake fan (optional)
- 1 x 120 mm front intake fan (optional)
- 1 x 120 mm / 140 mm bottom fan (optional)
• 7 expansion slots
• Maximum-sized CPU cutout
• Water cooling support: rear water cooling grommets
(support ½-inch tubes)
• Bottom-mounted power supply with intake filter
• No power supply included
• Front I/O ports:
- (One S) 2 x USB 2.0; (One S3) 2 x USB 3.0
- Audio In/Out

Price : TBA

Conclusions:
I find the build quality of Antec One S3 PC case is not your typical PC case quality but a high-standard quality, and it’s even light enough to carry if you need to moved it around. With the tools-less build options is I a must for every PC case. With the PSU design that I don’t see everyday, not to mention that it comes with fan and more than enough expansion.
This is one rock solid PC Gaming Case that hardcore PC Modding enthusiasts will love to have.

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