- Brand Name: Antec
- Model Number: NSK2480
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Item Display Weight: 19.85 pounds
Antec NSK2480 Desktop case 380W PS
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- Quiet and highly efficient 80 PLUS Certified EarthWatts 380W power supply
- Triple-chamber structure to isolate power supply and hard drive heat for cooler & quieter operation
- 2 sidemounted 120 mm TriCool 3-speed fans
- 4 drive bays and 4 expansion slots
- Front-mounted ports for easy multimedia connections
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The case isn't as quiet as I had hoped. There is no foam or other sound dampening material on the interior of the case as with some other Antec models and there's a little resonance as a result. The supplied case fans have controls to allow setting their speeds, but the power connections are the standard 4 pin power and so there is no way to connect to the motherboard fan headers for monitoring.
Here's a big WARNING: Do not plan to use this case with a mini-ATX motherboard that has side mount SATA connectors (like many MSI boards). There is not enough room to connect the SATA cables unless you're willing to cut a hole in the metal divider between the motherboard chamber and the drive bay.
The case is solid, very well built, and the internal design is fantastic. The compartmentalized areas make installation easy and makes the final installation of all components very clean and tidy. The only issue (as another review pointed out) is that some motherboards, such as the MSi I own, have their SATA ports pointed to the side. This makes it impossible plug in and unplug SATA ports. If you have 90 degree angled cables you could plug in 3 devices, but you would be blocking the remaining 3. The only solution is to modify the case. I have no qualms about modifying my equipment, so I took a rotary tool with cutoff discs and cut a 3in x 1in hole where the SATA ports were blocked. Now it works perfect.
The 380 W PSU is more than enough for most home systems out there, especially if running intel processors. If you have an AMD CPU, a SLI setup, and several harddrives you might want a bigger PSU, but otherwise the included PSU is absolutely perfect and quiet.
The case is big, so don't get it unless you have the room. It's solid, easy to open and maintain, with a great setup for the Hard drives (lots of good shock-absorbing grommets and logically based vents (the separate chambers are a great idea). Love it and highly recommend.
The case is somewhat basic, which at first was a turn off, but I've grown to like the simple layout.
I believe there are two bays for hard drives that are rubber mounted. You can add more drives, but the additional drives will not be rubber mounted and my experience was that the extra drives were noizy with where they mounted into the case.
Great overall case, and a decent starting point for a media pc. Although you can go much smaller now, this case provides plenty of options.
Installing the micro-AT motherboard was a snap, the hardest part was installing a couple of additional standoffs to support my motherboard, nothing with the design, just fat fingers. The motherboard is in its own section of this case, there is a pass through from the power supply bay to pass through power to the motherboard. The two 120MM fans draw air out of the motherboard bay.
The 5.25" carrier is very cleverly designed. Once the top cover is removed the carrier lifts up and out so you can mount a 2.5" drive in the bottom. WARNING: There were no standoffs for mounting the 2.5" drive in the bottom of the case. I needed a molex to SATA power adapter to attach power to my SSD because the SATA plugs on the power supply were in the middle of the cable run, I couldn't fold the cable enough to attach it to the SSD on the floor of the case.
This case is the size of a full size stereo receiver. It sits in my enclosed home entertainment center, the computer is running Windows 7 with XBMC for an HTPC front end, temperatures on the CPU hover around 45C. The fans are nearly silent, with the door closed on my entertainment center I cannot hear any noise from the case. The only problem I had was when my son put CD cases next to the case and blocked the two fan outlets, temperatures in the case were at 50C and the fans were running at high speed (using SpeedFan to control fan speed)and I could hear them very clearly. Once the cases were removed and temperatures dropped the fans throttled back and the case was silent again.
I highly recommend this case. It is worth every penny!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my third NSK2480 so that says it all. They are roomy, well powered, and well built. Whenever I need a case, I buy Antec.Published on December 31, 2012 by GarthK
I've had this case for about a year now. I have no complaints and am nothing but happy with it. It is great to look at, very quiet, and works without any problems. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Brady
This case has served as a home for my man cave build for over a year now. It housed a Phenom X4 945BE on a Micro ATX board, two Seagate 2TB drives which you can't hear running at... Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Tesfaye D. Hiwot
This is a great case. Very quiet and nice and spacious.
I almost returned it because I had a DOA power supply as well. Read more
I think this case really solved my HTPC needs and it what made everything come together. I am running the case with 2X 2TB HDDs and a slim Radeon 5450 graphics card. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by G. Deng
The case is very easy to work with. Swapped a 550 watt modular 80 Plus certified PS and it runs just as quiet with no excess cables. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by Nathaniel Dames
The Antec NSK2480 is a solid performer and should be considered by anyone planning to build a custom HTPC. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by bmcclure