Razer fans can show their colors with Antec’s Cube Mini-ITX case

Razer makes more or less everything the PC enthusiast might need save for cases and the components that go inside, but it's been happy to solve the first problem by partnering with prominent case manufacturers. NZXT's S340 "Designed by Razer" mid-tower has that design language covered for ATX builders, but Mini-ITX fans who want to show their Razer stripes have been left out in the cold—until today, that is. Antec and Razer have teamed up to produce a version of the Antec Cube case in Razer black-and-green that's making its debut at PAX today.

The Antec Cube looks like a spiffy enough Mini-ITX case. This enclosure has a lower chamber for the power supply and its cabling that could contribute to a cleaner interior. It's got room for up to four 2.5" storage devices, one 3.5" hard drive, and graphics cards up to 350 mm long. Light strips and a 120-mm LED fan in Razer green cast a glow in and around the case, and an LED-illuminated Razer logo on the front of the case leaves no doubt about owners' favorite brand. Windows on the top and sides of the Cube show off the components and lighting inside. Antec says production of this case will begin in October, and pricing and availability for the Cube will be determined sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.

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    • Amien
    • 3 years ago

    Antec was once a force to be reckoned with in the case/power supply market. I hope they manage to get back to the glory days…

    • EricZBA
    • 3 years ago

    Looks like a slightly tweaked BitFenix Prodigy

    • digitalnut
    • 3 years ago

    Is it just me or does it look like a TIE fighter?

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 3 years ago

      That would be a tie Advanced with the curved heat dissipators.

      • hasseb64
      • 3 years ago

      It is a TIE fighter

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 3 years ago

    At first glance the front appears to be a radiator. That would have been cool….

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    It doesn’t look particularly huge, but it does seem to defeat the purpose of mITX like so many of these gamer-centric mITX builds.

    If you want room for a standard ATX PSU [b<]AND[/b<] a full-length GPU [b<]AND[/b<] either a large 140mm tower cooler or a 280mm radiator, why the frack do you want a gimpy little motherboard that only has one slot, is missing half of its memory slots and is so cramped around the socket that it has fewer than average power phases? Oh, and it'll cost you $50-100 more than an ATX board of the same type despite all those drawbacks.

      • Thrashdog
      • 3 years ago

      I’ll agree with you in the sense that trying to include all the bells and whistles of a full ATX case in a mITX chassis is silly, but only because for the vast majority of enthusiasts out there, those bells and whistles are useless.

      I built a pretty powerful mITX rig a few years back, and to be honest, I don’t think I’m missing anything without extra slots. In this day and age, the motherboard has all the things you might put in those slots onboard already, and the truth is that even with a then-top-of-the-line GTX 780, the system isn’t even stressing a 550-watt SFX power supply. The case I picked is small and inconspicuous enough to sit on my desktop next to my speakers, but still holds all that and a 120mm AIO cooler that doesn’t break a sweat cooling a Core i7 with a respectable overclock.

      About the only things I’m giving up with the mITX system are the ability to run dual GPUs (which only a few percent of gamers do anyway), the ability to stick 8 hard drives in there (I’ve got a home file server already), and the ability to do extreme overclocking. Even in the enthusiast community the people who do those things are few and far between. For the vast majority of us, mITX does everything you’d want a PC to do already.

        • XTF
        • 3 years ago

        SFX PSUs are usually less quiet than ATX PSUs and I’ve already got ATX PSUs.. and mATX boards. I’d love to see more compact mATX (and mITX) towers though, most existing stuff is so wide and deep.

          • Thrashdog
          • 3 years ago

          That’s true, and the Silverstone PSU I have in there does have a bit of harmonic fan noise, but in practice you’d bff hard pressed to hear it most of the time.

          For what it’s worth I an thinking of building an SLI rig in the next year or so, and I am equally frustrated with the lack of SFF micro-ATX cases out there. The BitFenix Pandora comes close, but apparently has some quality issues. I might just give up an design my own when it comes time.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 years ago

            [quote=”Thrashdog”<] I am frustrated with the lack of SFF micro-ATX cases out there. [/quote<] What's your verdict on the [url=http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=392&area=en<]Sugo SG10[/url<]?

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 years ago

            P.S.:
            [url=http://store.antec.com/cube_razer<]Antec Cube[/url<] (mini-ITX): 365mm x 250mm x 460 mm HxWxD = 14.37" x 9.84" x 18.11" = [b<]42 liters[/b<] [url=http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=392&area=en<]Silverstone Sugo SG10[/url<] (micro-ATX): 295mm x 220mm x 354mm = 11.6" x 8.7" x 13.9" = [b<]23 liters[/b<] [url=http://www.corsair.com/en-us/carbide-series-200r-compact-atx-case<]Corsair Carbide 200R[/url<] (ATX): 497mm x 210mm x 430mm = 19.6" x 8.3" x 16.9" = [b<]45 liters[/b<]

            • EndlessWaves
            • 3 years ago

            [url=http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-3650-desktop/pd?ref=PD_OC<]Dell Inspiron 3650[/url<] (Micro ATX with full height expansion slots) 13.78" x 6.06" x 11.13" = [b<]15 litres[/b<] The SG10 isn't a bad mid-sized option option for Micro ATX, but it's another case that takes up extra space just to cater to extremely niche hardware like 1500W power supplies and dual-GPU cards.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 years ago

            That 15.2 liter Inspiron 3650 is useless for gaming and can’t easily be upgraded.

            The [url=http://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_inspiron_desktop/inspiron-3847-desktop_reference%20guide_en-us.pdf<]Inspiron 3847[/url<] is 22.4 liters. It can accommodate a standard ATX power supply and a gaming graphics card.

            • EndlessWaves
            • 3 years ago

            Not easily upgraded? The person here put a GTX 960 in it without an issue:
            [url<]http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/19657974?pi21953=3[/url<] Well, they did have to use an external power supply, but that thread gives the dimensions of the Dell one of unknown standard and it's a similar volume to a TFX/SFX PSU.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 years ago

            Hacking an external power supply falls into the “not easily upgraded” category.

            • EndlessWaves
            • 3 years ago

            Given you have to buy the entire system to get the case the quality isn’t up to scratch for that money either.

            I’m pointing it out as the sort of small form factor MicroATX case that manufacturers could be making, not an actual case suggestion.

            Obviously it would need a few tweaks for the differing requirements between dell and us such as swapping the PSU for a TFX/SFX model but they seem like they’d be doable without increasing the size.

            • tay
            • 3 years ago

            Not for TR readers haha

      • blahsaysblah
      • 3 years ago

      Seems like really good case to me. A review on real world cooling performance would be excellent. Though I couldn’t find tech specs. Just looking at picture. Btw, that case doesn’t support 140mm tower, look at fan profile versus back panel size.

      – Hottest component, aka video card on top and next to vent.
      – Full size PSU for fanless and or quite 120mm fan designs.
      – DDR4??? 2x16GB@3000Mhz is plenty of capacity and performance.
      – Space for a few drives, so you can have built-in backup drives.

      The number of people with more than one video card, a dedicated sound card, network,… today is absolutely miniscule. A small case that direct airflow properly can get away with one case fan and be better off than most full ATX cases. Where the front fans are usually not even pointed directly at key components.

      ATX is for workstations. A decent mITX is much better for 99% of people. Who only have one video card and maybe two drives.

      Your’re being motherboard-ist. There are all different kinds of mITX builds. Cheap to highend. 😀

      • ImSpartacus
      • 3 years ago

      I got my Z87E-ITX for $119 and it came from built-in wifi (surprisingly handy) and an msata pretty (unusual at the time).

      You’re probably right about it having inferior power delivery and it probably isn’t the best value amongst boards of all sizes.

      But since most gamers only need one graphics card and only use two DIMMs of ram, it isn’t terribly limiting. It’s nice to have features and options, but if you wouldn’t’ve used then anyway, then you wouldn’t miss em.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love mITX!

        What annoys me is case manufacturers who squander the cost, slot, port and upgradeability sacrifices you make in choosing an mITX board by designing a huge case.

        This Antec isn’t vast, but it could still be close to half the size if they stopped trying to make it fit 240mm or 280mm radiators. Also, when was the last time anyone though a 12.5″ graphics card was a good fit for their mITX build?

          • Ikepuska
          • 3 years ago

          Well, the NCASE M1 that I have is able to manage both a 240mm radiator, and a 12.5″ card, and do a great job of being small. It’s what, sub 11L? Admittedly it cost a pretty penny, but I plan on using it even after the system inside it is retired as long as it’s physically compatible with all the components, which should be indefinitely for now.

            • EndlessWaves
            • 3 years ago

            NCase M1 is 13.5L.

            By Mini-ITX standards that’s big, huge even. A typical Mini-ITX case has historically been between a third and a half of that size.

            When it became popular for gaming some size increase was inevitable, graphics cards being as power hungry as they are, but 13-14L should be medium to large when Micro ATX cases that take the same components start at about 18L.

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            I also wish people would stop talking about the NCASE M1. Yes, I’d love one. Yes, I’ve built into one.

            NO, I don’t ever want to have to wait that long for a production run again, nor do I want to deal with the import tax and shipping costs.

            For all intents and purposes the M1 is absurdly expensive and perpetually unavailable.

            [i<]Edit: Just checked. If I wanted to buy an M1 right now, it is [b<]ACTUALLY IN STOCK!!![/b<] It would only cost me £225 ($300) and take 7-11 weeks to arrive if I paid right now. I could have it for Christmas, maybe. That's sure better than waiting 8 months for the next production run, but it's still a whole lot less convenient than spending £75 on a Lian-Li case and having it on my doorstep tomorrow morning.[/i<]

            • Ikepuska
            • 3 years ago

            *shrugs* I didn’t pay that much, or wait that long personally. I don’t doubt the issue but my experience was that it was less than 210USD including shipping and that I had it within 9 days.

            As for ITX case sizes, if you are talking the 7L range, well in a lot of ways those compromises no longer make sense what with the availability of NUCs and mini-STX. The only scenario where mITX is critical is if you need the expansion slot for a graphics card, and the half length mITX cards are an interesting compromise, but honestly I feel a pointless one. If you want it for gaming then 7L vs 13L is IMO not nearly as big a deal, and if you want it for HTPC then something like the skull canyon NUC would be amazing within an even smaller footprint so, yeah.

            ETA: And given that it’s 185 USD on the website, you must be paying some kind of crazy import tax because I can’t believe shipping could account for the 300USD price.

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            It’s $40 shipping to the EU and by the time you add import duty and currency conversion it comes to £224.97, which is about $300 and it comes over in a shipping container hence the 6-10 weeks.

            A guy at the office here ordered a M1 V3 about a year ago and I built it for him in April once he had it.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      I don’t see a whole lot of wasted space in that design though. It surely looks smaller than the Bitfenix Prodigy. And to be honest, accomodating standard ATX PSUs, full length graphics cards, and 240mm radiators while not making things so blasted cramped that it turns builders away takes up space.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        You’re right, there’s not a lot of wasted space if the design brief is non-modular ATX PSU with far too many cables, 14″ GPU, [b<]FIVE[/b<] drives and an oversized cooling system. My complaint is that those of us who want a smaller PC can't have one because manufacturers keep making cases for people with those things. What If I have a modular SFX PSU a 10" graphics card, one drive and a good quality low-profile cooler? Then this box is vast hollow cavern of wasted space, like so many stupid ITX designs. Yes, I left the [i<]m[/i<] out intentionally!

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 3 years ago

          My current gaming PC has a Core i7-6700K and a [url=http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=06G-P4-4992-KR<]10½" graphics card[/url<] with a 600-watt power supply in a 14-liter [url=http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=533&area=en<]Fortress FTZ01S[/url<]. Even so, I'm going to go back to micro-ATX for my next build.

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            Need more slots, or too little soundproofing?

      • floodo1
      • 3 years ago

      Because I don’t need more than the one slot for my video card, because my mono has everything I need.

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