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Antec Sonata Proto Black Computer Case
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Product Reviews

Antec Sonata Proto Black Computer Case
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 8.25/10
With 8 User Reviews

Review Date: 03/14/14
Cons: None

Pros: Robust build qualityMaterial on side for noise dampening
I made a PC for a friend with this case. It's really well built and things inside can be accessed easily.

Review Date: 02/22/13
Cons: no cable manegment and not enough cooling options

Pros: great case can fit grapchis cards sizes of 11 inches
great case for the money if your are building a work station or budget gaming pc

Review Date: 01/11/12
Cons: -a little bit cramped inside

Pros: -Great sound damping
For the price, this is a very good case. The sound damping is among the best of the many mid-towers I have used over the years. No problems so far, build quality is nice, and the front door locks as well. The only con I can think of is that it can get cramped inside when working with large video cards.

Review Date: 12/18/11
Cons: hard drive trays are difficult to remove when drives are mounted on themno removable motherboard trayone side panel is riveted in place.included fan is molex only

Pros: antec qualityfairly quietmany features from its more expensive sonata bretherenSSD mountremoveable dust filter
This is a decent chassis for the price, but does lack some of the flexibility of the other Sonata chassis'The fact that the "back" side panel isn't removable severely limits cable management options.The case also isn't too large, so if you have a big video card, be very sure it will fit first.The drive trays are a great feature of many of Antec's cases, and they do a great job of reducing (or eliminating altogether) any vibration noise from the hard drives. however, in the sonata proto, the trays can be difficult to remove after you've mounted a hard drive to them.The included case fan only has a molex connector, and can't be used on a motherboard (probably due to the fact that it's a two-speed fan). that being said, it forced me to use a molex "module" from the modular power supply I had.The case has accommodation for another 120mm fan mounted on the inside of the hard drive bays, but this will cut into any available room for a video card.It also comes with four raised holes on the bottom of the chassis meant to mount an SSD, which is very nice, since it's out of the way.For the price, you can't go wrong.

Review Date: 09/27/11
Cons: - I didn't think the case was very quiet- The rubber/silicone feet came off easily

Pros: +fairly good looking
I bought this case a few years ago so my computer wouldn't be so loud in my room. Now that I use a laptop as my room computer this thing was deafeningly loud in comparison.

Review Date: 04/03/11
Cons: black paint easily scratched.

Pros: sturdily built quality
sturdily built quality but the black paint easily scratched.

Review Date: 03/04/11
Cons: For most people the Sonata III will ultimately be a better buy, IMO.

Pros: Good build quality, nice looking. Reasonably quiet.
I scratch-built my first PC in 2003 starting with a Sonata (Sonata I) case. That was possibly the best of all the Sonata cases I've used... I've not seen the IV. I then built with a Sonata III around 2007-2008. I preferred the Sonata I for its excellent paint job even if it was a bit dated looking. I found the Sonata III noisier (with the same hardware inside).Enough background.... thanks for bearing with me.As you likely already know, the Sonata Proto Black is essentially a Sonata III sans psu. It also lacks the eSATA port on the front. The paint job isn't as nice as the Sonata III and is a far cry from that of the original. That said, it is a case with a certain understated elegance. The build quality has not suffered over nearly a decade in time which is uncommon and welcome.If you are building a basic to moderate system from the ground up go for the Sonata III which has the 500W EarthWatts PSU in it. It is easily worth the extra cost, unless you get the Proto on sale as I did.If you already have a good quality PSU and don't care about front eSATA go for the Proto.Choice is good!

Review Date: 02/20/11
Cons: - did not receive slide tray for my dvd drive so i had to improvise

Pros: - Slide trays for hd were great and help it look less cluttered
Great case. Fits a gtx 460 with no problem. Slide trays were great! Came with a rear fan.
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Product Features

Get all the features and performance of the renowned Sonata line of enclosures with the Sonata Proto without breaking the bank. With 9 drive bays, 7 expansion slots, an intake air filter, the Sonata Proto offers a plethora of features and has all the quiet performance that the Sonata line is famous for. Along with its convenient front mounted USB 2.0 and HD audio connectors, the Sonata Proto is the ideal combination of silence, efficiency and affordability.


   Form Factor:  Mid tower
   Max Mainboard Size:  ATX
   Supported Motherboards:  ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX
   Internal Bays Qty:  4
   Front Accessible Bays Qty:  5
   Color:  Matte black
   Fans:  Front : 1 x 12 cm - ( 0 installed) Rear : 1 x 12 cm - ( 1 installed)

Expansion / Connectivity
   Expansion Bays:  3 (total) / 3 (free) x front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H 2 (total) / 2 (free) x front accessible - 3.5" x 1/3H 4 (total) / 4 (free) x internal - 3.5" x 1/3H
   Expansion Slots:  7 x expansion slot
   Interfaces:  2 x USB 2.0 1 x headphones - mini-jack 1 x microphone - mini-jack

   Power Device:  No power supply
   Max Supported Qty:  1

Dimensions & Weight
   Width:  8.1 in
   Depth:  18.2 in
   Height:  16.7 in
   Weight:  16.5 lbs

Manufacturer Warranty
   Service & Support:  3 years warranty
   Service & Support Details:  Limited warranty - 3 years

Product Specifications

Brand Antec
Model Sonata Proto
Type ATX Mid Tower
Color Black
Case Material 0.8mm cold rolled steel
With Power Supply No
Power Supply Mounted Top
Motherboard Compatibility Mini-ITX / microATX / Standard ATX
With Side Panel Window No
External 5.25" Drive Bays 3
External 3.5" Drive Bays 2
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays 4
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports
Front Ports 2 x USB 2.0
Audio In and Out (AC'97 and HDA compatible)
Cooling System
80mm Fans No
120mm Fans 1 x 120mm rear TwoCool two-speed switch control exhaust fan
Physical Spec
Dimensions(L x W x H) 18.20" x 8.10" x 16.70"
Weight 16.70 lbs.

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