Antec SX830 and SX840 Workstation Computer
Last updated: 8/14/02
BAYS. The SX800 case has eight drive bays: three hidden,
one exposed, and one partially hidden 3 1/2" bays, and three exposed
5 1/4" bays. All of the exposed bays come with snap-on dust
covers. The three hidden 3 1/2" bays are in a removable cage
which rests on a shelve in the motherboard cavity and secured with a large,
easily-accessed and executed lever, a couple of fingers at the bottom and
one at the top, and no screws. The drives are well-spaced vertically
for cooling. This bay is the easiest one to remove and install I
have yet seen in any computer case.
The exposed and partially exposed 3 1/2 drives mount in a drawer (see picture
above) that is secured to the chassis with two thumbscrews. The upper
part of the front panel must be removed to access it. This arrangement
for installing these drives is not as convenient as installing the single 3
1/2" partially exposed drive the Antec
KS282 case or the fully exposed drives in other cases, such as the AOpen
HX45A, because one cannot push the drive in from the back to align it with
the front and screw it in place from the side before removing the cage to install
for the feature I really do not like about this case... The 5 1/4 inch
drives mount with rails. Rails cost more than screws
and screw holes. It takes longer to install drives that use them than
those that are mounted directly to the case. Almost invariably I have
to remount them on a drive to get the alignment with the front of the case
correct. You can't find them when you need them. There is no
rail standard. Vendors forget to, or purposely do not give extra rails
to their customers. When customers do receive them, they often lose
them. Altogether, over the last 15 years, I have spent man-days searching
through my big box of rails trying to find a set to match a customer's computer. One
somewhat mitigating feature with this case is that the extra rails are stored
inside of it with clips that hold them to the bottom of the case. I
found no instructions for removing them from the clips or the clips from
the case (if that is even possible without breaking them) and found it rather
awkward to move the rails for and aft through the clips to remove them.
EXPANSION BOARD SLOTS. The
case has seven slots. The covers clip at the bottom and screw into place
at the top. The slots are fully punched-out and all but the first one
come with the covers already installed.
I/O BACK PANEL. The case comes with an A.3.a I/O (Intel "Universal")
back panel (also called an I/O Shield) which was already snapped into a
cut-out in the back of the case. It matches all of the ATX motherboards
reviewed in the Digest to date. Although washed-out by the flash
in the picture it is quite-well labeled. It is also thicker then
the one that was supplied for the KS282
case reviewed sometime ago. This is the only I/O panel available
from Antic for this case. There was a time when Antec carried a wide-range
of these panels with various configurations and would send one to owners
of an Antec case free of charge. As I have seen quite a few of these
panels and they vary by manufacturer on how they attach to the case, you
may have a problem if your motherboard does not match this panel even if
the motherboard manufacturer supplies one that matches the motherboard.
HARDWARE. An adequate assortment
of hardware was included with the case, but I have seen better. It would
be nice if some zip-ties were included.
PACKAGING. The case came wrapped in plastic
and packed in a very thick cardboard box. The styrofoam packing used
to cushion the top and bottom of the case is adequate, but I have seen thicker. All
computers should, however, be double-boxed before shipping commercially.
DOCUMENTATION. The documentation
is poor and out-of-date. I am not asking for a tomb or even something
like a motherboard book, but illustrated instructions on such things as how
to remove the front panels, fans, and rails, and replace the I/O back panel,
need to be included. Novice users should be told to check the power supply
for the correct line voltage setting before plugging it in. I have seen
DIMENSIONS: 18.6"(D) x 8.1"(W)
x 20.6"(H) (52.2 x 20.5 x 47.3 cm)
At 20.6 inches high it is 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm) higher than the Antec
KS282 medium tower, 4.3 inches (10.9 cm) higher than the AOpen
HX45A medium tower, and 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm) shorter than the AOpen
SX830: 28.7/30.7 lbs (13.0/13.9 kg) Net/Gross
SX840: 29.7/31.7 lbs (13.5/14.4 kg) Net/Gross
An SX840 sits on my computer table.
Here's what "copperpipe" wrote in our Forums about
the SX830 case last October:
the Antec SX830 case, here is what I like:
-The metal RF shield/backplate for the connectors that came with
the Antec case already had a knockout for the onboard network connector.
-Lots of space for clumsy hands working near the motherboard and
drives. No sharp edges to cut your fingers.
-Easy to remove the top front and side panels without a screwdriver.
-The two 80mm exhaust fans (included) and the interior design of
the case (including air intakes) appear to provide good cooling.
-The brackets for easy installation of additional case fans.
-The heavy duty construction.
What I don't like:
-The drive rails.
-The hidden 3-1/2" floppy drive with the remote eject button.
-300-Watt power supply (PP303X) that is AMD-recommended for only
a 900 mhz Tbird and lower. The newer version of the SX830 case has
an upgraded power supply (PP303XP) which has 180-Watt output on the
3.3V & 5V circuits. So far, no problems with my 1 ghz Tbird,
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