USB 3.0 comes to budget Antec mid-tower

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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    • PenGun
    • 8 years ago

    I don’t understand. This is a tech site … right. It’s a case it holds the bits so they can work together.

    I am still using my ancient 24″ tower from the beginning of ATX. It is just fine and being tall has room for air among other things. I have 24″ furnace filter taped on the off side and it allows massive air flow which keeps my nice stuff cool and happy.

    I don’t want a cramped modern case and quite frankly my paint job, red which sets off the beige nicely, makes it look pretty sweet. Now just putting the components on the table like the extreme OC guys do is maybe a little too Spartan but the love for these strange looking, to my eye, cases baffles me.

    It’s not going to help the case makers and those who sell them but there is no real reason to buy a new case if already have one. Unless it so crappy it drives you nuts. Once you have a good one there is little reason to buy another one.

      • just brew it!
      • 8 years ago

      I still use my old Chieftec monster tower cases too. But I can also understand how some people might want something a little more compact and/or physically attractive. Lack of front connectivity is also an issue on many older cases; sure you can mount jacks in a drive bay, but good luck getting the panel to match the rest of the case.

      If I was in the market for a new case (I’m not…), I’d consider this Antec.

      And as far as “just putting the components on the table” goes… yeah, I do that fairly frequently. But not for my main systems; those always get put in proper cases. The “naked” systems are screw-around systems and/or stuff I’m testing or burning in… like these two systems: [url<]http://justbrewit.net/trstuff/crate-111211.jpg[/url<]

    • blitzy
    • 8 years ago

    seems like decent upgrades to an already good case, it’s a little on the cheap side but price wise I don’t think anyone has beat it.

    depending on cost difference I might consider stepping up to a corsair, but really they both offer good basic cases with fundamental stuff like cable routing

    • Mentawl
    • 8 years ago

    I really wish they’d stop putting side vents on cases :(. It’s the ugliest thing in the world, and if you’re being sensible about cooling, completely unnecessary. (IMO)

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      And if they’re going to include them, put filters on them.
      (At least when they keep them small, sized for 120mm fans, it’s possible to easily buy cheap aftermarket filters; for the larger vents, you’re rolling your own)

      • blitzy
      • 8 years ago

      Fully agree with it, they are just putting them there to fill another feature checkbox. But IMO most people don’t actually want them.

      • Krogoth
      • 8 years ago

      It is part of the ATX 2.0 spec.

      That side vent is meant for CPU cooler, and it does help with reducing case temperatures especially with the current crop of tower CPU coolers.

        • yogibbear
        • 8 years ago

        I thought It was there for SLI cooling. i.e. you’d add a fan there if you’re going to stuff two GPUs in SLI.

        I like the cases where it is optional. i.e. it comes covered with a soundproof material that can be easily removed around that vent hole allowing for the case to be used both ways depending on your config.

        • Mentawl
        • 8 years ago

        Yeah, it was implemented back in the Pentium 4 days when Intel couldn’t keep their CPUs from catching fire. It’s a bit of an archaeological relic now, and I personally will never buy a case with a vent on the side panel, as for me it just lets noise out. I’m just annoyed that it limits me to so few cases.

    • Deanjo
    • 8 years ago

    Nice looking little case but way to limited expansion for my personal uses.

    • drfish
    • 8 years ago

    Love my Antec 300! Great practical functional case.

      • dmjifn
      • 8 years ago

      Can I ask – what’s so good about it?
      Not trying to snark here. It looked great on newegg but, when I saw it in person at Frys, it looked downright chintzy. The buttons were clunky, the secc was visible through the mesh… Granted, I don’t expect to receive the world at this price but what’s it got over one of the Centurions?

        • drfish
        • 8 years ago

        I got it for $40 w/ free shipping at the time – so mostly just because it was a killer deal. I like the exterior look a lot and I like the large top vent. My previous case was the original Sonata and while I miss the perpendicular 3.5″ bays I only use a single SSD in my system and don’t even solid mount it so its not a big deal.

          • Zoomer
          • 8 years ago

          I got 1 at $35 and another at $25. Really can’t beat that! SECC visible if case is eye level with plenty of light? I can live with that, particularly since it lives on the floor.

    • jensend
    • 8 years ago

    I wish Antec would make a mini-ITX case with USB3 ports. The ISK 300-65 is a great case with a nice ~100W DC-DC power supply, but its 65W power brick doesn’t do the PSU justice and is just barely not enough for a lot of ITX builds, and I’d really like to see USB3 ports as well.

    Hopefully by the time Ivy Bridge and Trinity are on the market…

    • ImSpartacus
    • 8 years ago

    I don’t want to sound like a blind fanboy, but Antec makes some very functional and attractive cases.

    I’m still unsure about the decision to go with a negative air pressure design, but Anandtech’s review showed spectacular thermal results with passable acoustics.

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      Negative air pressure is often better as you can direct the airflow much better. For instance i have 2 120mm intakes. 1 pushing air over the HDD and GPU, the other is in the optical bay slots (scythe do a accessory for mounting it, takes up 3 slots but then my case has 4 external drive bays and nobody has ever really needed more than 2) and pushes cold air straight to the CPU and RAM. I then have a single 120mm exhaust (my PSU is bottom mounted so gets its own air supply).

    • RickyTick
    • 8 years ago

    This is really a great case for the price. Too bad they didn’t add a black painted interior like they did on the 902.

      • indeego
      • 8 years ago

      I also want a headhole so I can reach my head into my case at any time and look at the darkness.

        • Deanjo
        • 8 years ago

        It would be just like playing Doom 3.

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        indeego, I think you should start a business selling HeadHoles™

        • jensend
        • 8 years ago

        No, silly, the real reason to have the inside of the case be black as well as the outside is that [url=http://www.dansdata.com/black.htm<]this will make your computer faster[/url<].

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