USB 3.0 comes to budget Antec mid-tower


— 11:54 AM on January 24, 2012

Antec's Three Hundred budget mid-tower has made quite a name for itself. We've included the case in our own system guides, and Newegg is littered with accolades for it. Of the over 3,000 user reviews on the retailer's site, 79% give the enclosure a five-star rating, and only 5% think it's worthy of fewer than four stars. This morning, an email hit our inbox announcing the arrival of the Three Hundred Two, which is already selling at Newegg for $70. Impressively, that's $10 less than the suggested retail price quoted in the press release.

The most important addition to the new model is front-panel USB 3.0 ports tied to an internal motherboard connector. Tool-free bays have been added for 5.25" and 3.5" drives, and there are more cable routing holes cut into the motherboard tray. The Three Hundred Two also has an extra fan mount, but the number of included spinners hasn't changed. In its stock configuration, the case comes with one 120-mm fan at the rear and one 140-mm unit up top.

Devotees of the original Three Hundred will be pleased to know that the new variant has the same styling cues. It looks pretty good for a budget case, and we may have to consider it for our next Econobox build. That system is currently configured with a Fractal Design Core 3000 that costs the same as the Three Hundred Two but lacks front-panel USB 3.0 ports.

   
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