Antec is one of the most recognizable names in the PC market, having created many extremely popular products over the many years they’ve been in business. From the high-end to the low-end, they’ve always had a lot to offer for a wide range of budgets. We’ll be taking a look at something from the lower end of the budget range, the very affordable GX500 Window chassis which offers just enough features to satisfy the demands of a desktop gaming build.
“The GX500 Window is designed for gamers from the inside-out, from its advanced cooling system to its I/O panel with USB 3.0. A total of three fans come standard along with washable dust filters and handy cable routing that helps keep equipment cool, dust-free and reliable. The GX500 Window also lets you organize a clean, powerful build with space for elite GPUs up to 15” (380 mm) in length, and extra space behind motherboard tray. With a bevy of in-demand features all at a supremely attractive price, the GX500 Window is more than just a low price – it’s the value case that gives you more for your money.”
The GX500 fits in somewhere near the bottom of Antec’s range, under models like the One and 300, which are slightly more expensive.We have been very impressed with their more expensive cases we have looked at in the past it will be interesting to see if any of the high-end features we’ve seen before will be transferred to this model.
GX500 is painted in black all around. The front panel features a mesh design and between the two fan slots sits a badge with Antec’s logo. The case is clean looking, modern and stylish, with nothing “too much” in the design and is very simple, yet interesting to look at – the top panel, that has vehicle-like grill, slightly curves at the front panel’s I/O and looks a bit streamlined. The chassis has physical dimensions of 525 mm (H) x 512 mm (W) x 248 mm (D).
Paint job is rather good as between the plastic panels and the metal chassis there was little to no difference in the coloring. The case stands on four feet with some rubber material to absorb any vibrations during operation of the system inside and they actually do the job perfectly well. Definitely a nice touch, because some other cases in this price range offer plastic feet that are extremely slippery and cheap looking.
Behind the front cover, you’ll find a pre-installed fan as well as room for one more below it. There’s not the best in the way of air filters, but the front panel mesh should do a reasonable job.
Around the back, you’ll find a slide-lock at the top, which can be used to remove the top panel fan cover. Below that, a couple of routing grommets, a pre-installed 120mm fan, 7 expansion slots and the PSU mount. Unfortunately, the expansion slot covers are a snap-off design, but that’s hardly a deal breaker.
- Three fans included
- Fan controllers included
- Tool-less HDD installation
- Tool-less ODD installation
- Single slot for 2.5" drive
- Full-width ATX board fits without issue
- Removable top and front covers
- Well-placed air vent in its side panel
- Dust filter in front and bottom
- Extruded side panels for additional space
- External 3.5" bay
- All-black cables
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