|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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7 drive bays: external 3 x 5.25" - internal 4 x 3.5". Adapter (5.25" to 3.5") for external 3.5" device. Two layer, steel with polycarbonate, side and top panels to deaden noise. 7 expansion slots. Advanced cooling system: 1 rear (standard) 120mm TriCool 3-speed switch control exhaust fan - 1 slot 120mm exhaust blower with 3-speed switch. Built-in washable air filter. Front mounted I/O ports - 2 x USB 2.0 - 1 x eSATA - Audio In and Out (AC'97 and HDA compatible). 0.8mm cold rolled steel for
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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. The fan that mounts on the side will need to be removed in order to get to certain components, but it is very easy to mount/remove it from the case.
Overall I am extremely pleased with this case and would recommend it to others. I purchased this one instead of the Sonata III because I was using a Micro ATX board and my components required a power supply over the 500W power supply that comes with the Sonata III. The only con I can think of is that I have to remember to open the front panel when ejecting a disk from the optical drive.
So in conclusion, if you are looking for a quiet, stylish, well-made case that can house common ATX motherboards, this is a good case to consider.
Update: Installed a Solid State Drive to the mounting point (on the opposite wall to where the other hard drive bays are located). The nice feature is that you simply need to remove the hard drive closest to the mounting point to access the screw holes for the SSD. The process was quite easy and the SSD fits even with my large graphics card. The downside is the lip of the wall where you mount the SSD - it makes inserting the SATA and power cable very difficult. I had to plug those cables in before mounting the SSD but they all fit and everything runs properly. It would have been nice to have a cut out in the wall's edge for the cables.
I also installed a full ATX motherboard, the Intel DP55KG. It fits without a problem. I also installed a bluray optical drive. Even with the additional hardware the case's internal temperatures have been fine over the past year.
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?
- the case is easy to service. most things just slide out, not tools required
- it can hold 6 hard disks. 4 of them just slide in. no screws required. I can build a big raid box out of it. the cheapest 4-bay raid enclosure costs over $200.
- it is dead quiet. the case fan in the back has a adjustable speed switch.
If I have to build another PC, i would not know if there is a better choice :) Just wish the price is lower.
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.
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.