Antec GX1200 Case 24hReviews
Antec GX1200 Case 24hReviews. We’re going to check out the GX1200 case from Antec. I’m going to do a full build in this soon, so be sure to subscribe and keep an eye out for that. Inside the box we have the case itself, as well as a bunch of screws and cable ties for cable management.
Alright let’s start with the outside of the case and work our way in. The case is 520mm high, 203mm in width, and 520mm in depth. On the front there’s a black metal mesh material to allow air in from the two included 120mm fans that sit behind it. There’s some subtle Antec branding toward the bottom, and underneath this is some LED lighting, more on this later. On the top we’ve got the same metal mesh material as there’s room for 2 120mm fans or 240mm x 120mm x 30mm radiator for water cooling.
The top also has the front panel which features a microphone and headphone jack, a button to change the lighting colour, the power button, and two USB 3.0 Type-A ports. All of these are connected to the motherboard with the already appropriately routed cables. On the back from the bottom up we have a hole for the power supply, followed by the 7 PCI slot covers, to the right of which is a vent for airflow. Moving upward there is the space for motherboard IO shield, and 120mm fan mount next to this which can also be used to mount a radiator sized 120mm x 155mm x 45mm.
Finally at the top there’s a lovely “Made in China” imprint, this seems like a weird location to me, but what ever it’s at the back. On the bottom of the case are the rubber feet which actually keep the case fairly high off of the ground. This will help allow airflow into the power supply, which is protected by a removable dust filter.
The filter simply slides in and out and is the only removable filter on the case. On the side with the window panel we have, well, the window which is made of some kind of plastic. It appears to have a light tinting to it as the interior appears darker with it on. On the other side there’s nothing, just a blank black panel. Both panels can be removed by unscrewing the thumbscrews and pulling them off, revealing the inside of the case. Inside the first thing you’ll probably notice is the large space for the motherboard as there’s no drive cages here.
This allows for up to 410mm long graphics cards to be installed. I’ll be building in this case with an ATX motherboard, however there is also support for Micro ATX and Mini ITX. There are holes for cable management around the top, side, and bottom of where the motherboard will go which made keeping the build looking neat and tidy much easier. There are also two mounting points for 2.5” disks. Looking to the front from the inside, we can see the two included 120mm fans.
In total the front has 3 120mm mount points, so a third fan can be added or a radiator up to 360mm x 130mm x 40mm in size can be mounted instead. Also looking out the front we can see a foam like material behind the metal mesh on the outside which I assume is for dust filtering. I’m interested to see how this holds up over time, as it is not removable and will be extremely difficult to actually clean. Likewise looking up through the top of the case from the inside we can also see this same material there, again it is not removable.
Toward the bottom we have a non removable shroud over the power supply and 3.5” drive bays which are only accessible from the other side of the case. So let’s move onto the other side. Down the bottom on the left as mentioned are two removable 3.5” drive bays that can also be used to mount 2.5” disks. To the right of this is the area for the power supply.
There is some hard padding at the back of the shroud and on the base where the power supply will sit which keep the power supply firmly mounted and I assume would help reduce any vibration made from the fan. As the shroud is non removable it makes sense to mount your power supply fan down in order to stand a chance at actually getting any fresh air.
I really disliked the metal wall almost directly in front of where the power supply is. As I was using a modular power supply in this case, this isn’t enough room to plug additional cables in after the power supply has been mounted, which I did forget to do so I had to take out the whole power supply just to plug another cable in which was pretty inconvenient. Just up above this area is the third 2.5” drive mount.
On the same side towards the top left is the GX “Magic Box” which handles the fans and lighting. This has six 4-pin fan connectors, an LED light strip connector, a three speed fan control button, and the seven colour light switch. It sucks that the fan control button is only found here, if you want to adjust it you need to take off the whole side panel.
The light switch button is at least also found on the front panel of the case as mentioned before, so we can use that instead to the same effect and cycle through the colours without needing to open the case. There are only 7 different colour options available here, no custom RGB unfortunately. Simply click the button to rotate through them.
Overall I’d say it’s a pretty good case for the price of $80 USD. I didn’t like the inability to plugin more cables to an already mounted power supply, but as long as you plug all your cables in first and then mount it it you’ll be fine, it would be great if the manual was updated to reflect this. I had to unmount it twice during my build, hopefully I make these mistakes so you don’t have to! The only other thing that I didn’t like was that the fan control button is only accessible within the case. As mentioned I’m interested to see how the front and top foam like dust filters go over time as they don’t appear to be removable for cleaning.
Some things that I did like were the use of thumbscrews, even on the PCI slots. The big space inside with no drive bays in the way was nice to build in, and the cable management holes and 20mm of space on the back panel behind the motherboard made it easy to hide cables. I think the end result looks pretty nice with a complete build inside.
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