Hello and thanks for visiting mattgadient.com . In today's instalment we're
taking a quick look at the Antec Sonata 3 mid-tower quiet case.
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Now the Sonata 3 is very similar to the old Sonata Piano-Finish case although
they've made a few minor improvements.
it's worth noting that it doesn't have the same piano-finish look to it but it still
does look pretty good and it's got the same affinity for fingerprints
unfortunately as the old model.
Now here we're taking a quick look at the front -
looking at the case the first thing you'll notice is that the panel is double
hinged. The old model was single-hinged and didn't open quite as far.
If you whipped the old one open actually the panel would usually hit the end and kinda
bounce back. This one doesn't do that.
A small area for refinement but certainly a welcome one.
As we get close up, you're gonna see that the ports are readily available. Again,
The old case had a little silver door that you pulled up to open
which created a couple issues...
First if the computer was on the floor you couldn't see the ports because not only
was the door in the way but the ports were inside -
you either had to feel around and guess when plugging something in, or bend down, it
really wasn't ideal.
With the Sonata 3, you can see all the ports from pretty much any angle.
The other problem with the old version was that with the silver door open a lot of air would be
sucked in and subsequently a whole bunch of dust would collect around the ports.
By having the ports flush with the front the Sonata 3's design really works to
You'll notice also that in addition to the speaker, microphone, and 2 USB ports, this one
adds an ESATA port.
So if you're using an external ESATA hard drive it'll plugin nicely to the front.
Finally you can't really see it in the video but the intake events on the lower left
and right side are larger than the ones that came with the original Sonata. This
should increase airflow into the case and is a very welcome addition.
Moving to the back of the case we've got some pretty standard stuff. At the top you can see
it comes with a power supply. Just below it we've got a 12cm fan.
To the left there's a IO panel plate, although I'm sure you'll be using the one that comes with
your motherboard anyway,
and at the bottom we've got a rectangular space for a fan
although good luck finding one because they're not easy to find. You might have have to get it from Antec, or
just cover over it with tape.
There are also a couple thumb screws and
you can take those off if you want because the panel does actually attach on the side.
Now here we're gettin to the good stuff - the inside of the case.
First up we have the Antec EarthWatts 500 Watt power supply -
a pretty decent power supply, pretty standard cables, they're not sheathed or anything like
Going over to the left a little bit we have the 12cm fan. You can see
it dangling the little speed switch -
you can choose "Low", "Medium", or "High". High is a little bit loud, low and medium you probably
won't hear over the CPU fan though.
Going over to the right a little bit we have the spot where you can mount an internal fan.
It does not use standard-sized mounting screws -
Antec includes some long screws - they're a little bit thinner
actually kinda nice because you can install it even with the motherboard in
the case - you should have a problem although the fan can interfere
with long video cards or if you had a special RAM cooler or something like that.
Going over a bit more to the right we have the hard drive bays.
There are 4 - only 3 of them are installed for this video, and you can see the
one just outside the case.
One of the great things about
these harddrive sliders is... first of all you can pull it in and out to
remove the hard drives pretty easily.
The other thing is they've got these silicone mounting points that helps to reduce the
vibration that the
hard drive brings to the case and also if you bang the case there's less shock that's going
to go to the hard drive.
So they're actually really good they also elevate the hard drive and that helps
with heat and that sort of thing.
Now here we've also got one of the 5 1/4 inch drive bay covers.
They've got the sliders you can attach to your CD, DVD, or BluRay drives to make it
easy to slide your drives in and out. Because the sliders are stored in the panel you don't have to worry about
And then finally we've got the front panel 3.5 inch drive bay that pulls out as one
And you can put a couple 3.5" drives in there.
Nothing much else to say about that.
All in all the interior is pretty well designed.
One of the key things is actually the internal fan - even though it doesn't
include one, when you install it,
not only does it pull air over the hard drives to help keep them cool,
but with most motherboards it ends up blowing over the bottom portion of the
RAM, keeping that pretty cool as well.
It just really helps a lot in the way of airflow.
The other really good thing is of course that you can slide the hard drives
in and out very easily
and that they are also attached
with the silicone mounts.
One problem you might run into though...
if you don't use 90 degree SATA cables,
you're gonna notice that when you put the side panel on it's going to put a lot of stress
and kind of bend the straight cable. So you might want to consider getting
90 degree cables if you can. Otherwise you can bend them but make sure you be
careful not to break anything.
And finally last but not least... something pretty simple - it's just a
plastic filter -
slides and out from the bottom -
you can clean it, wash it whatever you want to do.
It catches dust like you wouldn't believe. If you're used to
pulling the side panel off your case and being greeted with
layers of embedded dust just stuck to the heat sink,
this is for you actually. You'll be opening the side panel of your case and there will be very
very little dust. It's amazing how much this thing catches.
And that is all for the Antec Sonata 3 review. I hope you found it to be
helpful and educational,
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the mattgadient.com website.
Until next time...