Thursday, March 4th 2021

Antec Presents New Dark Cube ITX Chassis with Optional Glass or Mesh Front Panel

Antec Inc., a leading provider of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself market, is presenting a new ITX case which offers PC enthusiasts the best watercooling options in a small format case. The Dark Cube will soon reach store shelves and online retail outlets in Europe with a competitive MSRP of 209 Euros.

The Dark Cube is a masterpiece of the revolutionary ITX case from Antec. This untraditional case provides powerful support for the latest gaming gear. Despite the small size, the Dark Cube still supports motherboards up to M-ATX. The Dark Cube supports high-end hardware and provides dual front panel options: Users can choose either the tempered glass panel or mesh front panel - whether the emphasis is on maximum airflow performance or on showcasing the gaming components.
The frame measures 512 x 240 x 406 mm (L x W x H) and features a case structure made of 3 mm aerospace standard aluminium alloy. The Dark Cube offers one 3.5" HDD drive bay, one 2.5" SDD bay and four expansion slots. It offers space for graphics cards with a length of up to 330 mm. A total of three fan mounts ensures sufficient cooling. The Dark Cube is water-cooling ready with space for a 240 mm radiator in the front and a 120 mm radiator in the rear.
The chassis come with two front panels. The pre-installed diamond grill front panel features an understated look and, the same time, allows to pull in more air for better cooling performance. The included tempered glass front panel shows off the gaming setup and showcases RGB lighting. Hidden light bars in four corners are in sync with the LED control button on the front panel. The Dark Cube features a slide-open case structure. Combined with Micro-ATX configurations, the metallic rails on the top and bottom will bring you the best PC-DIY experience than ever. The Dark Cube also features upside-down configurations. It not only reduces the troubles of heat dissipation but also allows you to show off your fascinating GPU. This thought-out case could serve as a conventional PC, gaming rig, or home theatre device and media center, but is also well-suited for professional users.
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17 Comments on Antec Presents New Dark Cube ITX Chassis with Optional Glass or Mesh Front Panel

#1
Chomiq
If only they'd also include a mesh side panel option.
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#2
Mats
512 x 240 x 406 mm
Mmm, yeah that's 50 l.
Despite the small size,
That's not small!
It's not close to a cube at all, even a big one. Glue two of them next to each other and it'll start to resemble a cube.
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#3
Valantar
ITX? Last I checked, four expansion slots meant mATX. Also, this design (as with too many others) is just a box with variously shaped panels tacked on the outside, making it huge without any utility. You can get ATX cases half the volume of this...
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#4
dyonoctis
MatsMmm, yeah that's 50 l.

That's not small!
It's not close to a cube at all, even a big one. Glue two of them next to each other and it'll start to resemble a cube.
It seems that for some people, a case being a bit chunky, on the larger side, is enough to be called a cube
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#5
Chaitanya

Those look like M-ATX standoffs.
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#6
Valantar
Chaitanya
Those look like M-ATX standoffs.
There are also four rear I/O covers. This is an mATX case.
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#7
Mats
ValantarThis is an mATX case.
Yeah, the text says so, look again.

However, mATX and large cases isn't trendy enough these days so they try to sell it as something else. :D
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#8
Operandi
MatsYeah, the text says so, look again.

However, mATX and large cases isn't trendy enough these days so they try to sell it as something else. :D
mATX is the sweet spot. ATX is huge waste of space and iTX dosn't really offer any expansion options and can be pretty hard to work with if you really making use of form factor.
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#9
sepheronx
I may buy this case actually.
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#10
MDWiley
“The Dark Cube is water-cooling ready with space for a 240 mm radiator in the front and a 120 mm radiator in the rear”.
A water-cooling ready case of this size should be able to have AT LEAST 2x 240/280mm radiators simultaneously. Really sick of this trend of massive ITX cases with limited liquid cooling options. It’s just needless bulk at that point.
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#11
Valantar
MatsYeah, the text says so, look again.

However, mATX and large cases isn't trendy enough these days so they try to sell it as something else. :D
It says so... 1½ paragraphs in, while the headline and text before that has described it as an ITX case. Going by that standard, literally every case on the market that isn't STX, NUC or some proprietary form factor is an ITX case. So that's pretty misleading. And weirdly so given that this is a pretty huge case too. You could fit nearly five Ncase M1s in the same volume...
MDWiley“The Dark Cube is water-cooling ready with space for a 240 mm radiator in the front and a 120 mm radiator in the rear”.
A water-cooling ready case of this size should be able to have AT LEAST 2x 240/280mm radiators simultaneously. Really sick of this trend of massive ITX cases with limited liquid cooling options. It’s just needless bulk at that point.
At 50l I would expect SSI-EEB and dul 360mm support. But I guess I'm spoiled. I mean, you could fit two ATX Cerberus-X cases in this volume, and depending on how you configure it those support the same amount of cooling...
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#12
Mats
ValantarGoing by that standard, literally every case on the market that isn't STX, NUC or some proprietary form factor is an ITX case. So that's pretty misleading. And weirdly so given that this is a pretty huge case too.
It's not a standard, it's my irony speaking. Maybe you misunderstood what I tried to say here.:
However, mATX and large cases isn't trendy enough these days so they try to sell it as something else. :D
Hint: I wasn't defending them.. ;)

I've already pointed out that it's a huge 50 l mATX case, marketed as a small ITX cube.
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#13
Valantar
MatsMaybe you misunderstood what I tried to say here.:

Hint: I wasn't defending them.. ;)

I've already pointed out that it's a huge 50 l mATX case, marketed as a small ITX cube.
Sorry if it wasn't clear, I didn't mean that was your logic :) I mean, I guess this is small if your current PC is a mini fridge? Next up: Product photos next to world record sized vegetables for scale :P
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#14
Mats
Well, someone has win the "biggest ITX case evaar" competition no one was asking for, even if this is cheating.
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#15
defaultluser
The Dark Cube is water-cooling ready with space for a 240 mm radiator in the front and a 120 mm radiator in the rear.
You know what other ITX case can do that in less than half the wasted volume (and 1/4 the price?)

The Core 500:

www.newegg.com/black-fractal-design-core-500-mini-itx/p/N82E16811352060

Just because you dress-up your case with a wall of LEDS, and useless hexagons doesn't mean you're worthy of anyone's time; most of the popular > $200 minITX cases do things a lot better than this crap.
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#16
Crackong
A totally block off top panel design in 2021...

I would say nope.
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#17
Caring1
And it's a no from me, with that inverted Motherboard design.
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