Antec Solution NSK4480BII Case Review


Everything you need and nothing you don't

Well, well.  Here we are with yet another PC case.  Another round of “will it fit” and “what’s the airflow like”.  Another exploration of the inner workings of a piece of architecture meant to house the latest and greatest in hardware.  I give to you none other than the illustrious Antec NSK4480B II.  It’s sleek. It’s black.  It’s “green”,  and it is a pain in the ass to figure out how to get it open for the first time.  Don’t worry, once you get it, you’ll feel like a complete moron for not figuring it out sooner.

I love cases.  If you’ve read any of my other case reviews, I swoon over them.  Like a teenage girl yet to hit puberty swoons over a barely yet badly thought-out vampire who gets shiny in sunlight and eats animals.  My getting to play with a new case is like a car lover getting a new body that is completely bare, just begging for new interior and a fast engine.  Nothing is better than taking off the side and peering in to see what kind of crap you can cram in there.

Before we do that, however, let’s check out the stats on it:

High-efficiency EarthWatts 380 Watt ATX12V v2.2 power supply (get the “green” thing now?)

  • Universal input
  • Active PFC and high efficiency design for superior environmentally friendly operation
  • 80 PLUS® Certification means you’ll save money on your power bills

Advanced cooling system:

  • 1 Rear 120mm TriCool™ 3-speed fan
  • 1 Front mount for optional 80mm fan
  • 1 Advanced Chassis Air Guide, with mount for optional 80mm fan

Drive Bays

  • Front Accessible: 3 x 5.25″, 2 x 3.5″
  • Internal: 3 x 3.5″ with silicone grommets to isolate drive vibrations
  • 7 Expansion Slots
  • 2 x USB 2.0 front bezel ports
  • 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction

Motherboard: Fits micro and standard ATX

  • 16.6″ (H) x 7.8″ (W) x 16.5″ (D)
  • 42cm (H) x 20cm (W) x 42cm (D)
  • Net: 18 lbs. / 8 kg
  • Gross: 20 lbs. / 9 kg