|Item model number||SONATA ELITE|
|Item Weight||25 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||21.3 x 10.8 x 19.8 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||21.3 x 10.75 x 19.75 inches|
Antec Sonata Elite Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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This case hit on pretty much every count! I purchased an Antec Earthwatts 500W power supply to go with this, and used both as the basis for a new Core i7-based system.
I am using the stock cooler that came with the i7-920. For performance, I chose to go with a 300GB 10,000 rpm WD Velociraptor system drive and a 640GB WD Caviar Black data drive. I knew these would generate some noise, but the performance trade-off was worth it. The two video cards are fanless, so there's no noise coming from them. The case fan can be set for three different speeds based on your needs, and there is also a second fan that can be installed over the expansion slots, which I am not using.
Now that it's built and the side panels are on, it's difficult to hear that the machine is running. CPU and case temps are well within norms. I do hear the occasional clicking from the Velociraptor, but I expected some noise from it, and it's not annoying at all.
I was unprepared for how nice the black finish was going to be -- it's similar to an automotive finish. While it does tend to attract dust, it is very attractive, and it's almost difficult to hide it under a desk! The case construction is also very solid, and the side panels are also treated with heavy sound deadening material, which not only makes them add to the quietness of the case, but also to the overall heft and sturdiness of this case.
The front USB ports are useful, but my motherboard didn't have a spare connection for the eSATA port, so I can't speak for that.Read more ›
Suggestions: there is a strut or structural bar that makes placing the power supply and other items a bit of a challenge. Couldn't this be made so it unscrews to temporarily take it off and placed out of the way?
I used a Micro ATX motherboard, that fit easily, it has holes marked with an "A" for mounting an ATX motherboard (which also were appropriate for my motherboard). I also installed a rather large processor cooling unit (Scythe SCMG-2100) and graphics card (GIGABYTE GV-N98TSL-1GI GeForce 9800 GT) that both fit - although the graphics card is a tight fit. I selected those components in order to make the case as silent as possible. The case is extremely quiet, the only time that sound is noticeable is when the optical drive is spinning and the front panel is open (closing the front panel reduces the sound of the optical drive significantly).
The design of the case makes adding up to four 3.5" hard drives very easy. It also contains an additional mounting point for a 2.5" solid state drive (the outer left wall where the four 3.5" drives are mounted) but I will be unable to utilize that feature because of the size of my processor cooling unit and graphics card. I can always use a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter to mount a solid state drive in one of the four 3.5" drive bays.
This case is designed for easy cable management, hiding unused cables behind the opposite panel from where you install components. The front case LED's all worked as well as the front inputs (2 usb, 1 eSATA and headphones/mic inputs). There is also a lock on the front panel, although I do not use that. Temperatures in the case are very low - I am only using the 2 fans that came with the case and have them at their lowest (and most quiet) settings.Read more ›
I'm not a huge computer DIYer yet, but as far as I could tell this one had ample space and good layout to take all the components I wanted inside.
Build quality is solid, with pieces easy to remove/replace, screws fitting holes, and firm rather than flimsy overall structure.
High quality build.
Easy access to drive bays.
Drives are placed on grommets to reduce vibration noise
Adjustable-speed case fan and slot fan.
It looks very good. It is very convenient to assembly and very quiet.
Has a separate place for SSD.
I only want the power button not to be under the lid and USB3.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far I own three Antec Sonata cases, one file server and two desktops. Here are the things I really like about them:
- the case is easy to service. Read more
I really love this case! It is pretty heavy though. I recommend getting a desktop cart with wheels to put it on, at least while building the computer.Published on August 3, 2012 by Andrew
I couldn't be more pleased with this case. Very silent and easy to work onPublished on October 23, 2010 by Pat
Initially had a problem figuring out where the external drive rails are. Asked Amazon and they immediately sent a replacement, I sent it back. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Barbara M. Gruen