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Antec ISK 310-150 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. A 150-Watt external PSU keeps the size small!
- Three drive bays, 1 x slim optical 5.25 inch external, and 2 x 2.5 inch HDD internal bays!
- Cooling is handeled by an 80MM TriCool 3 speed exhaust fan. Features 1 half Height expansion slot.
- Conveinent front ports include, 2 USB 2.0 and 1 eSATA. Feature front USB 2.0 x 2 and 1 eSATA connector.
- Silver front bezel.
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- Brand Name: Antec
- Model Number: ISK 310-150
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Supported Motherboard: Mini-ITX
- Device Type: Cases
Top Customer Reviews
As other people have said, the power-supply is *internal*, and the "door" to the optical drive is kind of flimsy (I broke it within the 1st 15 minutes of unpacking, but I probably would have removed it permanently anyway, for personal reasons)
Probably the main thing people worry about with this case is the power-supply. It is only 150W and most hardware recommends more power. Some reasons why this power supply is sufficient (or can be made so):
(1) Some processors have integrated graphics and this contributes to their higher power recommendation (for example, I am using an i5-2400 processor and intel says its max power usage is 95 W). If you intend to use a dedicated video card, adding the estimated power usage of the CPU to the estimated power usage of the video card is not accurate: something like 1/3 of the CPU estimate comes from integrated graphics, and this is disabled when a separate video card is in use.
(2) A solid-state drive is expensive, but also awesome, and helps a lot with the power consumption. I think various traditional hard-drives use something like 5-40 watts depending on what the drive is doing. This is significant for a 150W power supply. On the other hand, the power use of a solid-state drive is trivial (for example, intel says that my 80GB SSD uses 150 mW while active)
All told, my system has an i5-2400 processor, the motherboard and storage/optical drives listed below, and a Gigabyte HD4350 video card that I didn't really plan for. The system's idle power usage is about 65W and occassionally spikes to at most 110W while it's booting up.Read more ›
1) Several reviews you'll find around the net note a problem on the right side of the case with the exhaust fan assembly. You can find pictures of a plastic peg sticking out into the space for the motherboard, which could interfere with plugs on the board. This peg is not present on the unit I received.
2) The front panel usb ports are now usb3 ports, with the proper internal connector. There is also an adapter for use with a usb2 internal header.
A couple of really minor complaints:
1) The front USB3 ports are a nice improvement, but the internal cable for them could be a problem. The plug for it is hard plastic (and an inch+ tall from the board), and is attached to a fairly thick, stiff cable. The resulting connection to my board is solid vertically, but can wobble horizontally; it seems like it could be torquing the connector on the board a bit. I know usb3 takes some heavier cabling for signal integrity, and I can't really think of a better way to do it, but it could be a concern depending where your internal header is.
2) The power led is not your typical pin header that plugs into the board. Instead it's a generic molex power connector that plugs into the lone molex lead from the power supply. Not that you'd ever need the molex for anything else, but it's an odd choice to have those big plugs in such a small case. It also prevents the power led from "breathing" when the computer is asleep, it's just off.Read more ›
For comparison, I also bought a Thermaltake ElementQ case, and I like the Antec ISK 310-150 a lot more. While the ElementQ is physically larger, and able to hold a full height PCIe card (which doesn't matter to me), I would say that's it's only major advantage (though I suppose the extra 70 watts of power could be considered an advantage, but it might be overkill for an ITX board). The Antec has USB 3 front panel connections and a front eSATA port, unlike the ElementQ, and I was able to fit a Zalman CNPS8900 inside the case with just a little cutting of the top hard drive bracket and an artful readjusting of the power cable to put an S-bend in filter that's attached to the power cord receptical (which is connected to the power supply via a long cable). By comparison, the ElementQ's power supply only clears the stock Intel cooler by a millimeter, preventing the use of most aftermarket coolers and severely limiting your ability to overclock the system. Granted, the requirement to modify, ever so slightly, the power cable came from my choice of maximally sized CPU coolers, but the fact that such a small case let me put in such a large cooler (so that I could run a great overclock) is what is so great about this case.
I'm currently running the ASROCK and 3770k overclocked to 4.8GHz on this cooler with temps stable under 70c running prime95's tourture test, so this case has more than enough ventilation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've purchased hundreds of these and their cousin the 300-150, very reliable and no problems that weren't created in shipping. Read morePublished 5 months ago by evlfred
Quality product, solid construction with decent 150w power supply unit included, liked the front panel setup except the lack of labels for different ports, which can be mildly... Read morePublished 16 months ago by John Lin of NRA
Very nice small PC case for a mini-itx build.
Using it with a i7-4790K, a SSD and no optical drive. I used a low-profile noctua cooler, (the NH-L9I). Read more
Apparently sending out scratched ie returned units is normal business practice for Tech for Less. My unit had scratches going all over the front 'plastic' face. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by Dynobot
Basically an okay case, and it's doing the job I want it to.
Small complaint 1: The power LED needs to be properly wired so it can be connected to a MB header. Read more
I bought this case for my first computer build. I wanted a high-performance desktop system that could sit under the monitor. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by David Lamkins
Some reviewers had issues with scratches. Mine had none on it. The form factor is perfect for a shelf. Plenty of connection points from the built in power supply. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Charles
The case is very functional for it's size. It's the perfect size for a compact yet powerful HTPC. A few screws and thumb screws allow you access to the entire case. Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Eric