Antec ISK-600 mITX Chassis Review
Peter Donnell / 6 years ago
The Antec ISK-600 is priced very competively given its overall component support and build quality, it’s available at CCL Computers for just £53.14 (including shipping) here in the UK and $57.90 + $10.19 in the US from Amazon. There are solutions from brands such as Cooler Master that are a little cheaper, but the aluminium side panels and clean looking front panel of the ISK 600 certainly justify the extra cost. Something similar from the likes of Lian Li will likely set you back around 50% more than the Antec chassis.
It’s been a while since we had a new Antec chassis in the eTeknix office and I’m really happy to see them come back with something as nice as the ISK-600, and at such a perfect time for the industry too. I know a lot of people that are working on building their own compact gaming rigs since the reveal of SteamOS and SteamBox type systems. There are a lot of people out there who enjoy console gaming on the big screen, myself included, but the “glorious PC master race” can’t get by without anything less than a GTX 690, and it’s this crowd that cases like the ISK-600 appeal to, allowing you to build a kick-ass gaming rig that you can pop under your big screen TV via a home cinema system, just plug in your favourite controller and off you go. That being said, the ISK-600 is pretty competent as a HTPC too thanks to its clean looks and competent storage capabilities, you could fill it with hard drives, a half decent GPU and use it as a home entertainment unit.
It seems then that Antec have hit on a little bit of everything with the ISK-600, it’s got a great design that makes it look perfectly at home in the office, under or on top of your own desk, under your TV, or even just to take with you as a LAN gaming rig. The style isn’t without its details, but it still manages to be understated. I really like the use of aluminium on the top and side panels and the deep brush finish as well as the clean front panel makes it look like a much more expensive product than it actually is, which is no bad thing at all.
Removable hard drive bays are always nice, and the ones here really do make for easy installations of your drives, while also making it easier to install other components when the bays are removed. I would have liked to see another fan mount somewhere near the front, but plenty of ventilation and room for a 120mm water cooler at the back is a good enough trade off and will be more than sufficient for almost any rig in this form factor.
There isn’t really anything I don’t like about this case and while I’m not under the impression that its the best case ever, it’s certainly one of the best ones within this price range and form factor.
- Great overall design
- Aluminium top panel
- USB 3.0 support
- Spacious interior
- Removable hard drive bays
- Water cooling capable
- Competitive price tag
- Full length ventilation on the left side panel would have been nice (for the GPU)
“The ISK-600 is a highly versatile chassis, it’ll look great in almost any environment and makes the perfect solution for a HTPC, gaming rig, or even just a day-to-day desktop PC and at this price it’s an absolute bargain, providing premium quality at low-to-mid budget prices.”