Antec ISK 100 Mini-ITX Case

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Antec ISK 100

March 20, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Antec ISK 100
Mini-ITX Case

The mini-ITX form factor is undoubtedly growing in popularity, but there still isn't much choice in cases. The market is dominated by a myriad of low quality generic/OEM cases with limited cooling capabilities. A number of Shuttle-style breadbox shaped cases are good options for those who seek high performance and cooling good enough for hot CPUs, but there are few cases that take full advantage of the very small size of the mini-ITX. Antec is one of the few big name chassis manufacturers with a line of compact mini-ITX cases, and more importantly they actually make cooling a priority without overly expanding the dimensions.

The box.

The ISK 100 is a smaller follow up to the ISK 300. The 300, with a "floor to ceiling" (or side-to-side if the case is positioned vertically) dimension of nearly four inches, isn't particularly slim. That 4" dimension is necessary as it is equipped with an 80 mm fan with the option for second. It is akin to a breadbox style case chopped to half height. The ISK 100 is a more minimalist approach, sacrificing both the optical drive bay and expansion card slot for a smaller chassis. The exterior is composed of plastic rather than steel, and much of the side panel is mesh to provide plenty of fresh air to the top of the motherboard. Rather than an 80 mm fan, the ISK 100 is armed with a thin 100 mm exhaust fan positioned on the side meshed panel. (Note: Since it comes with a stand to position it vertically, enabling the smallest footprint atop your desk, we'll be referring to the panels paralled to the motherboard as the sides.)

Package contents: power cable, power adapter, screws, and insulation strips for hard drive mounting.

AC power brick.

The ISK 100 ships with an AC power brick rated for 90W, enough to power most contemporary dual core desktop CPUs. At most, we would recommend a TDP of 65W or lower for AMD processors and 73W or lower for Intel chips. Using integrated hardware based on Atom, CULV, ION, and/or Fusion components would be no problem as they typically use less than 45W total including basic system components. The case does not support any expansion cards so discrete graphics are out of the question, not that there would be enough power to drive anything more than an entry level model.

Features & Specifications: Antec ISK 100
(from the product web page)
2 x 2.5" internal drive bays
ABS plastic/0.8 mm SECC construction
Special extruded housing for fan
Includes standard case lock slot for integrated anti-theft protection
Stand included
No expansion slots
Cooling system
- Side 100 mm TwoCool™ fan with switch controls
Front ports
- 4 x USB 2.0
- HDA/AC'97-compatible audio in/out
Motherboard compatibility: Mini-ITX only
90-watt adapter plus PCB for stable and reliable power
Unit Dimension
- 248 mm (H) x 70 mm (W) x 212 mm (D)
- 9.8" (H) x 4.3"* (W) x 8.3" (D)
[*note: appears to be a typo, should be 2.8"]
Package Dimension
- 505 mm (H) x 296 mm (W) x 368 mm (D)
- 19.9" (H) x 11.7" (W) x 14.5" (D)
- Net : 2.6 lbs / 1.2 kg
- Gross : 4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg

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