It has been a long time coming, but we’re busy again thanks to our friends at Antec who have very generously provided us with an exciting new enclosure to review. Previously, we’ve looked at the Nine Hundred gaming case and the Micro Fusion 350 HTPC case, which were both great enclosures for their respective jobs. Today, we will be looking at something geared towards gamers and budget-friendly system builders, simply named Antec One. Read on to find out whether this budget case really is the one for all.
“For 26 years, Antec, Inc. has been the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Antec remains an industry pioneer and market leader for quiet, efficient and innovative products such as the P280 and SOLO II enclosures, and it has been independently recognized as the power supply manufacturer with the lowest return rate.
Founded in 1986, Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with international marketing headquartered in Berlin, Germany. Antec has additional offices in The Netherlands, China and Taiwan. Please visit Antec online for more information..”
|Cooling System||– One 120 mm top exhaust fan
– One 120 mm rear exhaust fan
– One 120 mm side intake fan (optional)
– One 120 mm front intake fan (optional)
– One 120 mm / 140 mm bottom fan (optional)
|Drive Bays||– Three 5.25″ drive bays
– Five 3.5″ drive bays
– Two 2.5″ drive bays
|Front Ports||– 2 x USB 3.0 with included USB 2.0 adapter
– Audio In/Out
|Expansion Slots/Video Card Size||– Seven expansion slots
– 10.5″ (266 mm) maximum video card size
|PSU||No Power Supply included|
|Motherboard Support||Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX|
|CPU Cutout||Maximum-sized CPU Cutout|
|Side Panel Features||N/A|
|Dimensions|| – 18.2″ (H) x 9.5″ (W) x 20.9″ (D) /
– 463 mm (H) x 241 mm (W) x 530 mm (D)
|Weight||– Net Weight: 10.8 lbs / 4.9 kg
– Gross Weight: 12.5 lbs / 5.6 kg
|Maximum CPU Cooler Height||6.1″ ; 155 mm|
What Antec Has to Say:
For new builders and seasonal system integrators alike, everyone will find something to like in Antec’s One. 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.
The One offers first time builders and seasoned system integrators a quality, feature-packed enclosure whilst staying budget-friendly. Despite its low price, the One allows for modern, powerful systems by including innovative features allowing for a neat and easy installation, as well as good thermal and acoustic performance.
Let’s take a closer look…
In The Box:
– Antec One enclosure
– Mounting screws
– 10 x 3.5″ hard drive clips
– 2 x zip ties
– USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 converter
– Product overview sheet
The product overview sheet describes some of the enclosure’s main features, however, it does not give any installation instructions. For installation instructions, Antec requires you download the manual from their website.
Once we had removed the One from its cardboard packaging and foam insets, one of the first things we noticed was how light it felt in our hands. Not only that, but also how sturdy and well built it felt and how aesthetically pleasing it was to the eyes. It was immediately clear that the materials and coatings were of a very high standard. There wasn’t much to remind us that this was a budget case.
The all-black theme continues inside the case to match perfectly with the exterior. This really does make the case seem much more expensive and higher quality, and makes a case look a hell of a lot better than one with ugly bare metal. We love this look Antec has given the One.
The One’s CPU cut-out is very generously sized and we definitely welcome this, as it makes installing CPU coolers so easy and pain-free. Also included are three ideally placed holes for cable management, so no more untidy cables strewn across the interior of your case.
Further down on the floor, you’ll find four rubber vibration dampening feet for the PSU to sit on and, as mentioned earlier, ventilation holes and the pull-out filter below the PSU sitting position.
Testing & Performance
Hardware installation in the One went well, although with our ATX motherboard we found it was a bit tight, but nothing too difficult. It was the same story with the power supply but once the big parts were in, everything else was easy and efficient. Especially the CPU cooler and cabling, thanks to the generous space the One offers behind the motherboard.
Our testing system for the Antec One was made up of the following:
|CPU||Intel Core i5-2500K Socket 1155||US||UK|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-U12P SE2||US||UK|
|Motherboard||Asus P8Z77-V LX||US||UK|
|GPU||Sapphire HD 7850 2GB||US||UK|
|Memory||8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz||US||UK|
|PSU||Corsair TX 650W V2||US||UK|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit||US||UK|
We ran an array of tests that included gaming, rendering and benchmarks for extended periods of time to see the maximum temperature reached. We also monitored the acoustics of the case, but unfortunately we do not have any specialist equipment except a pair of fully functioning ears.
[pullquote_right]…the One performed very well and the temperatures were very satisfactory…[/pullquote_right]The results are great for the little One, showing increases of at least 10°C+ under full load. Of course, when you have a small enclosure such as the One the heat builds up quicker due to the smaller internal volume compared to a bigger enclosure with the same ventilation and cooling. With that said, the One performed very well and the temperatures were very satisfactory. The nifty little ventilation features Antec has included definitely help a lot with air flow and keeping the system as cool as possible. In terms of acoustics, the performance is also great. The One does not produce any annoying or very audible vibrations, so it is very quiet unless you put your ear to it on purpose.
Antec have clearly succeeded with this case. What they have done is produce a high quality, feature-packed, budget case that is sure to attract those first time builders and seasonal system integrators on a budget – and they sure are in for a treat.
The One’s lightweight but solid body, combined with the attractive all-black theme and features such as USB 3.0, large CPU cooler cut-out, ample space for cables plus the two included 120mm fans as well as liquid cooling support really speaks for itself. All of this in a BUDGET case for only $44.99/£44.99 is truly astounding and really makes the Antec One case stand out.
+ Looks great, all-black theme extended to interior of case too
+ High quality construction
+ Good ventilation features, runs cool and quiet
+ 2 x USB 3.0 ports and USB 3.0 to 2.0 adapter included
+ 2 x 120mm fans
+ Tool-less features
+ Flared side panels allow extra room for cables and larger fans
+ Large CPU cut-out
+ PSU dust filter
+ Liquid cooling support
+ Fantastic price
– PCI slots not tool-less
– Some may find HDD cage a bit fiddly
The Antec One can be bought for an incredible low price of $44.99 shipped (US) or £44.99 shipped (UK) from Amazon, who are the cheapest retailers at the current time of writing.