Antec S10 Full-Tower Chassis Review
Peter Donnell / 5 years ago
As I said before, the little button/clip here can be pushed, which pops open both doors. It’s not really needed though, as the doors are magnetic and you can pull them open without too much effort, but this does help keep finger prints off the side panel. Antec, if you’re reading this, metal finish clips would have been better, the current ones feel a little cheap in my opinion.
The panels open right out, but again, you can lift the off the hinge and move them out of the way, making the installation and maintenance process much easier.
With the side panels off, it’s quickly apparent how Antec has innovated here. The chassis is split into three distinct compartments, the front being for all your storage, the largest for your motherboard and graphics cards, the bottom for even more storage and your PSU. There’s an ultra-wide CPU cooler mounting cut-out behind the motherboard, which should be well suited even for dual-socket motherboards.
The bottom section is huge, leaving more than enough room for enthusiast grade PSUs, excess cables and more.
There’s a 2.5″ hard drive dock here too. It features a single flip down clip allowing you to slide in and mount your drives tool-free.
Above the PSU section, a large cable routing grommet; perfect for passing through your GPU power cables.
Three 120mm fans, which benefit from the mid-section (the gap) dust filter. This will supply your motherboard/CPU/GPUs with a wall of cool air. Most chassis have the airflow blow over the hard drives first, but that’s not the case in the S10.
The rear 120mm exhaust fan.
Ten expansion slots, each fitted with thumb-screws and providing all the space you’ll need for quad-GPU configurations.
The hard drive bays are plentiful and come with quick lock tool-free systems.
The trays support mounting of 3.5″ and 2.5″ drives and are rotated 90 degree and you’ll find flexible trays with silicone grommets to help reduce unwanted noise.
The storage bays feature a vertical airflow system, with a 120mm fan in the base and a dust filter in the top, helping move storage drive heat away from the other fan intakes for the main compartment and PSU area.
You can see the storage section fan here in the base, as well as the way it uses that raised bottom section, which at first just looked like it was simply there for added style, for airflow.
The full hight dust filter for the main section can be removed with both side panels in place, allowing quick and easy maintenance of the filter, without having to access the chassis interior, or interfering with your storage bays.
As with all the other filters on this chassis, it’s fully removable, washable and very easy to re-install.
Still not enough fans for you? Here’s another set in the top, with dual 140mm fans ready to take extra heat out of the chassis; that brings the total fan count to 7 (5 x 120mm + 2 x 140mm)!
The rear panels open and lift off in the same fashion as the other side, giving us access to the rear of our hard drives, the PSU mounting area and, of course, the cable management space behind the motherboard.
There’s a lot of fans on the S10, but you’ll be glad to see an eight port fan hub, helping you get everything connected. This is handy, as not a lot of motherboards have that many fan connectors.
There’s a good amount of cable routing space, but the side panel sits quite snug against that bottom ridge so you absolutely will need to use the cable tie loops to ensure the side panel closes comfortably.
The PSU slides in from the side and mounts on some almost 1-inch thick foam strips; these will help greatly reduce any vibrations from the PSU.