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Antec ISK 300-150 Black Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150 Watt Power Supply
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- Mini-ITX case designed to work with the Mini-ITX motherboards
- Three drive bays, 1 x slim optical 5.25 inch external, and 2 x 2.5 inch HDD internal bays
- Cooling is handled by an 80MM TriCool 3 speed exhaust fan
- Convenient front ports include 2 USB 2.0 and 1 eSATA
- Elegant black finish
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With this one, I has looking for something slightly bigger and more powerful - the ISK 300-150 fit the bill.
Where the ISK100 was very inflexible and difficult to work with, the ISK 300-150 provides a bit more space, more power, and provides options to expand.
I am using a Xeon E3-1230 80W CPU and I wanted to be certain there would be sufficient cooling for it. The case ships with one TriCool 80mm fan. It provides the additional slot for a second one (which I just installed - less than $5 through Amazon/Beach Audio). There is no necessity to use a TriCool for the second fan - any 80mm chassis fan will do. What makes it a "TriCool" fan? It's just that they put a 3-position switch on the control pin and then a 2 pin to Molex adapter on the power pins. I actually pulled those off so I could plug that fan into the motherboard chassis fan pins.
The other thing which was nice - everything is modular. To get out the holder for the fans, it's on a slotted rail. To get it out, you need to move the power supply - also nicely on a slotted rail. Take out the two screws on the power supply rail and everything slides out nicely - didn't even have to disconnect anything on the motherboard when adding the second fan.
The PCIE slot in the case lines up fine with the mini-ITX motherboard. Though I am using a single slot wide PCIE graphics card with only a passive heat sink on it, it appears that there's enough room between the slot and the case that you could use a card which is a bit wider - definitely not a card that would be 2 slots wide, but there is sufficient room that it could be wider than just a single slot.
There also is a slot for a slim-profile CD/DVD.Read more ›
Cons: Wiring from power supply bunches into a big mess. There isn't any way to install it neatly or out of the way. Only instructions are on line and a few sections are reused from the obsolete ISK 100 case and slightly wrong. Mic and headphone ports on front are not labeled. See below to make sure this meets your needs.
Other thoughts: No expansion slots, so no way to install graphics card, etc. No room for an optical drive, card reader, etc., either. Neither is an issue for me. Get a CPU with good enough on board graphics for your needs, in my case Intel HD4000. PSU is 90W external, so watch your CPU's power requirements. The only cooling is from the CPU fan which has to be low profile. My stock Intel fan clears the case by maybe 1/4" if that. 2.5" HDD/SSD only; there is room for two. No USB 3.0 on front panel, only four USB 2.0 on front panel. That might seem like a Con, but in my case I use two of the front USBs for the keyboard and mouse and the others for connecting phone, etc. It would be difficult to fit a USB 3.0 front panel plug into the case. Since the case is so small and sitting on the desk, I use the rear USB 3.0 from the motherboard. Paired with an Intel DH77DF motherboard, Intel 520 SSD, Intel i3-3225 CPU, and Crucial DDR3-1600 RAM.
To judge it's size, it has the footprint of a shoebox and just about half the height. My latest WHS2 case is a Fractal Array R2 and is a monster compared to this (but holds 7 3.5" HDD's, which is the point of that build).
What you'll be facing is a 150W PSU, one low profile expansion slot, the usage of two 2.5" internal drives, and a slim-DVD/BluRay drive. That 2.5" internal drive space is best for SSD's IMO as notebook drives are just very slow. If you really need capacity, then an SSD and a 500G notebook drive will fit nicely in this case. I went with a slim DVD drive, but only use it here and there...it's really optional. The 150W PSU hasn't given me any issues and is actually a big PSU for it's class. Build specs are listed below, but it's not once hit the wattage wall given it's usage. It HAS failed while folding@home on the CPU and GPU which places both at 100% usage, but not all that often. I did F@H just as a test of sustained 24/7 loads and if the PSU can handle it. If I leave it folding, it might fail once a week while playing LFD2 when it's being starved. If I were not using a dedicated GPU and the i3's on-chip HD graphics, it'd chug right along IMO. It's also an internal PSU, so no wall or desk warts...just a normal cord to plug in. To get into any iTX build above 150W, you're really getting into cases meant for mATX.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've used this for three computer builds so far and it's a fantastic case. The included power supply has worked fine for years on my pfsense router. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kevin Williams
This case is about as small as it gets. Inexplicably the drive cage came installed backwards, which made me think my drives wouldn't fit, but I figured it out when I tried to run... Read morePublished 11 days ago by stannius
Very compact case only slightly larger than an itx motherboard. Using with Gigabyte Q87N motherboard with a 55w Pentium chip, 16 GB ram and Samsung mSATA SSD 850 EVO. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Albert M. Bleakley
It is very tiny case for a mini itx pc. It works perfect with AMD A8-7600. If TDP is set at 45W , stock heatsink and 90 W power are good enough. However, no USB 3. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack
It's an OK little case, but after only a couple months of operation, the fan in the power supply started to make an annoying grinding sound. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Ruppert
Great small footprint case, good airflow for the size, excellent for home entertainment PC's, etc. I've used mine to build out a Sophos UTM system to enhance network security, and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chief Points
great case. looks nice. has dual usb 3.0 in the front. comes with a case fan pre installed as well as a psu fan installed. very tight quarters for a build. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Thrash
Great quality, sturdiness and easy access to install components. It is perfect for a serious, mini-itx build with 100 watt CPU, 16/32GB RAM and a pair of SSD sata drives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ken