Antec GX 700 Mid-Tower
OverviewHardware: Cases & PSU
WHAT WE LIKED:Low price point, many cooling options, integrated fan controller, flat side panel that's begging for a window.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Front plastic feels cheap, audio cable too short, tight spacing on backside of motherboard tray, who still uses knockout plates on 5.25" bays?
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Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The Antec GX 700 is has a cool military-themed styling and a side panel that’s just begging for a big custom window. The ability to hold up to six fans is great and the integrated fan controller is a great idea although it really needs two more connectors (or a pair of “Y” cables) to utilize all possible fan mounts. The metal on the front panel is nice but the plastic bezel feels kinda cheap.
The ability to easily fit a 240mm radiator in the top is great and depending on the radiator you may be able to fit a 120 in the rear as well.
The drive trays are some of the sturdiest I’ve seen in a while and work great. They feel solid and don’t feel like they’re going to break while you’re trying to pop a drive into them.
The top 5.25″ bay is useless for anything long like an optical drive but should work OK for other things like a card reader or lighting controller.
Knockout panels included on both the 5.25″ bays and the rear expansion slots? This is 2013 right?
Over-all the Antec GX 700 is a great case for the price. Cool military styling, integrated fan controller and pretty generous water cooling support in a case that retails for $64.99? Yes please! The removable PSU and front intake fan filters are great, as are the drive trays. There is a large CPU cooler back plate cutout and large case feet to ensure adequate airflow to the PSU. Also, the 5.25″ bay tool-free mechanisms work flawlessly. The blank side panel can be seen as either a positive or negative depending on your tastes. For us modders, it’s no big deal to cut it open and pop a window in. There are some however that may just want a window in it from the factory, but that would up the price a bit.
On the downside, the topmost 5.25″ drive bay is unusable except for anything small, there are knockout panels all over, there are no grommets on the cable routing holes (although they’re not sharp at all), and the fan controller seems to be missing two connectors. It’s also a tight space between the motherboard tray and the side panel. Regardless, at this price point, one has to cut a few corners. Overall the Antec GX 700 gets out Great Value award for packing a pretty decent feature list into such an inexpensive case. It’s currently available at NewEgg for $54.99 + $7.99 S&H.