Antec Solo II: The Legacy Lives On

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Assembling a system in the Solo II is straightforward. The power supply, motherboard, and expansion cards are mounted with in the traditional way, with Phillips head screws, while 5.25" drives are attached on the sides to drive rails and 3.5" drives are secured at the bottom to drive trays or suspended using the suspenders. Our base test system consists of an Asus 790GX motherboard, a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD Caviar Black 1TB hard drive and a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply.

Accessing the hard drive cage is easy enough. Remove the front bezel and loosen one thumbscrew, and the top intake fan mount lowers, exposing the hard drive trays and suspension elastic. If a fan is installed here, orient it so the fan cable is in one of the bottom corners or it might be pulled out of its socket when the door is opened.

The 3.5" drive caddies have been updated with 2.5" mounting holes though our sample did not include the smaller grommets needed for them.

When using the suspension system, twist the elastic to ensure a tight fit. You can also insert screws on the bottom of the drive so they will hook onto the elastic and prevent the drive from slipping out.

You can use both suspension and the drive sleds simultaneously for five drives in total, but this doesn't leave much breathing room between them.

Plenty of space for components: The case can accommodate a graphics card up to 40.9 cm long, and a CPU heatsink up to 17.4 cm tall.

These hooks can tie up much of the excess cabling.

The blue LEDs complement the all-black coloring. Note fingerprint smudges around the 5.25" bays — the glossy finish makes them hard to avoid.

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