When it comes down to the testing of the actual Antec Performance TX640B unit, we loaded the chassis up with the hardware components listed below. Due to the components used, we were unable to utilize the Antec 400W SmartPower 2.0 in our setup but are confident in its quality for less demanding systems.
|Processor:||Intel Pentium D 820 (2.80GHz)|
|Motherboard:||Abit AW8 (i955X)|
|Memory:||2 x 512MB Corsair XMS2-5400UL|
|Graphics Card:||Leadtek 7800GTX 256MB|
|Hard Drives:||Western Digital 160GB SATA2|
|Optical Drives:||Lite-On DVD-ROM & CD-RW|
|Cooling:||3 x 80mm fans, 1 x 120mm fan, 1 x 92mm fan|
|Power Supply:||Enermax Whisper II 535W SLI|
Although the TX640B unit didn't utilize as many tool-less, and functional, features as we would have enjoyed we did experience an easy build process with no areas that we didn't enjoy. Although no removable motherboard tray is supported for this mid-tower ATX chassis, we had no conflicts when it came time to install the motherboard. Another area that can sometimes be hectic if the mounting hardware is poor, the drive bays, wasn't home to any problems when we had installed our components. When it came time to organize the cables, we were fairly appreciative of the Performance TX chassis design. Although our cable organization and management wasn't perfect, we felt our needs were met appropriately with this mid-tower case. Overall, the Antec Performance TX640B had met all of our needs when it came to the installation process.
Whenever it comes time for Antec to release a new enclosure product, or any product for that matter, we are always interested in seeing what their talented engineers will derive. When it comes to Antec's TX640B creation we very much enjoyed the time we had spent working with the chassis from start to finish. However, this case is by no means perfect. The overall aesthetics were very appealing to our tastes and the black matte finish, but when it comes down to the functional items we would have appreciated such additions as a tool-less mount for the 120mm exhaust fan, improved dust filtering, and additional workroom for installing the hardware. With additions to the case, however, it would have likely inflated the price even higher above its current $110 USD price tag. The bottom line with the Antec Performance TX640B is it's a viable case for the casual hobbyist or computer user who is looking for a petite chassis with a wealth of functional features and a 400W SmartPower 2.0.
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Phoronix Product Rating: 8 / 10