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Antec NSK3480 New Solution mATX Mid Tower Case 2X5.25 1X3.5 380W Black Front USB Sound & Firewire

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Part #: NSK3480

SKU: 25971
Shipping Weight: 19.6 lbs

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Experience: 60 Days


quiet, appealling, easy to work
short on space for installing blu-ray optical drive, need a 90 degree sata connector not provided
I have built two systems with this case and my customers are both really satisfied, needless to say that I was satisfied too. This case is very user friendly. It look good and is built with quality material. I can only complain about the fact that they didn't supply a 90 degree sata cable to install the extra long blu-ray drive that was pushing hard on the PSU case.

Experience: 8 Months


- Very Small
- Sleak
- Gets hot, unless you set the case fan to high then it gets loud...
I have this for quite a long time now and it is lasting pretty well. I don't use any other fans than the one that this case came with and even though it is set to high it doesn't collect much dust as I thought it would. This case is great for mATX boards. Highly Reommended!

Experience: 2 Weeks


Good Cooling
Dangerous - See Summary
Difficult Cabling System
It's a great small case that has room for a full sized video card, and is very quiet, the cabling system is a bit difficult to work with and get to look nice. The real issue I had with this case, was an unfinished, jagged, and razer sharp edge of metal jutting out underneath the top 5.25" drive bay, exposed when I removed the cover. The cover was in very tightly and I had to use a fair amount of force to get it to pop out, which exposed that jagged piece, which sliced my index finger to the bone... If I had had my hand turned the opposite way to push it out, I may have cut the inside tendons on the joints of several of my fingers and lost use of them... I don't know if this is a manufacturing defect or what, but I would NOT purchase this case again.

Experience: 4 Days


Awesome case. Crazy nice for the price
Wish there were more hard drive bays
REALLY happy with this case. Typical Antec quality, very well built, lots of extra screws and silicone washers. Very quiet, nice thick panels.

The only downside is because of the size there is only 2 places for a hard drive, one is in the second 5" bay and one on the bottom of the case. I guess this is because of the size but I wish there was some add on bays, with the board I installed there seems to be plenty of room but I guess that might not always be the case.

Aweome over all.

Experience: 6 Months


- Small and simple styling
- Can take large tower coolers such as the Noctua NH-U12P
- Comes with a quality Earthwatts power supply
- Comes with a quality Tri-Cool 120mm fan
- Can only take 2x92mm front intake fans. 1x120mm would have been preferred.
- Power supply makes a high pitch whine when the computer is not under load.
I was getting tired of mid-tower cases' height, so I decided to go with a mini-tower that was had great cooling, anti-vibration features and could take large tower coolers. The NSK3480 fit that bill as it had a 120mm exhaust (hard to come by in mini-towers) and 2x92mm intake, silicone standoff for hard drives to reduce vibration and it could take the Noctua NH-U12P, a fairly tall and large cooler. Furthermore, what attracted me to the case is its two chamber design. The main components are separated from the power supply and, therefore, the power supply may run its fan at lower speed as cool air is drawn directly from the outside. This also allows for better air circulation in the main components chamber. Nevertheless, such a design does pose a problem if you have a loud power supply since noise would leak out of the case much easier than before because of the top vents. One should therefore pick a quiet power supply. In all, this is a great computer case for mATX motherboards: it has good cooling and can take large coolers and long video cards without any complaint.

This review was modfied by poster @ 03-20-09 02:48 PM

Experience: 6 Months


Compact for a tower, great ventilation, quiet, good build quality, power supply included
Tight quarters in expansion areas, yet wasted dead space in non-expansion areas; will only accept short optical drives; only room for 2 HDs, one of which gets in the way of one of my motherboard's PCI slots; stock fan can't be controlled dynamically.
Great little tower case which I'm using for as an always-on media server. With the stock fan replaced with a low-speed Noctua, it's a whisper-quiet and cool-running rig.

I like this case and would recommend it to somebody with limited expansion needs, but for my purposes I'll be looking around for a replacement...

Experience: 1 Days


Bought this for a friend looking for a small case, she loves the minimalist look and the finish is amazing. This case is perfect for her room since it is quite small.
Bought this for a friend looking for a small case, she loves the minimalist look and the finish is amazing. This case is perfect for her room since it is quite small.
Bought this for a friend looking for a small case, she loves the minimalist look and the finish is amazing. This case is perfect for her room since it is quite small.

Experience: 1 Months


- Built for quiet: Silicone and rubber mounts for everything
- Well ventilated
- High quality 380W PSU
- Smart and simple appearance with many front panel ports
- Need to remove top panel before accessing side panel
- Case fan uses molex, so cannot be plugged into mobo and be monitored or controlled via QFan/Speedfan or other variable fan speed control systems.
- Far too many molex connectors than you physically ever need which causes clutter
Quite possibly the best value in mATX cases in the market today.

The 80% efficiency PSU powers my E8400 and Radeon HD4850 effortlessly.

My weaknesses are really just minor nitpicks because this case is so good. I do wish it came in a glossy black finish like the Antec Minuet line, but once again, a quiet and cool and attractive case for this price is hard to beat.

This is the second NSK3480 I bought this year, and am pleased they have fixed one big nit I had with my earlier purchase: they drilled holes in the bottom of the case so that it is easier to mount the bottom HDD cage.

Experience: 2 Months


includes quality PS
up close it looks a little cheap
odd HD mounting location
I used this in a build for a friend. I just wanted a no nonsense matx case with a quality PS included for a light duty PC. I've always liked Antec cases; in my experience they are well thought out, simple, practical and attractive. This case was no exception, although the nature of a matx case means working conditions are cramped.

The one thing that is a little odd is the HD mounting location; its mounted to the floor of the case directly under where a dedicated video card would go. After installing the video card there was about 1mm of space between the card and the HD.

Experience: 1 Months


Un boitier de qualité, bien pensé et bien conçu.
Bon bloc d'alimentation.
Finition irréprochable (c'est du Antec)
Assez d'espace pour mettre une longue carte graphique.
Refroissement très efficasse et silencieux.
Connecteur firewire à l'avant du boitier.
Bonne longueur des tout le filage (connecteurs frontale et PSU).
Deux adaptateurs pour monter des disques durs dans le fond boitier et dans le deuxième emplacement externe de graveur DVD.
Boitier peu profond qui prend pas beaucoup de place sur le bureau.
En pratique, un seul espace pour disque dur (monter dans le fond du boitier).
Le bloc d'alimentation pourrait être la version 430 de la serie Earthwatts au lieu de la version 380 watts.
Ce boitier est vraiment une petit merveille. I lest relativement spacieux et d'une trè bonne qualité de fabrication. La ventillation est très bien avec desfentes de refroissement sur le dessus du boitier dédiées pour le bloc d'alimentation, un ventilateur 120mm à 3 vitesses à l'arriere pour évacuer l'air du boitier, et deux espace libre à l'avant pour installer des ventilateurs silencieux de 92mm. Aussi ce botier à l'espace pour mettre une carte graphique pleine grandeur du genre 8800GT. Les seules petites réserves que j'ai pour ce boitier c'est que l'espace pour mettre un deuxième disque dur en haut du boitier à la place du deuxième graveur est en fait requis pour mettre les câbles exédentaire du bloc d'alimentation. Aussi le bloc d'ailementation est limité pour des utilisation moyenne gamme (j'ai un core 2 duo E6400 et une 8600GTS, 4 GB de mémoire, 1 HD et 1 graveur DVD).

À mon avis c'est un des meilleur boitier tour mATX sur le marché en ce moment.

This review was modfied by poster @ 04-11-08 07:28 AM

Product Videos [ Edit ]

Features [ Edit | History ]


Quiet, understated and practical, the NSK 3480 microATX tower reflects the innovative standards of Antec's New Solution Series of enclosures. Featuring Quiet Computing technology that delivers whisper-quiet performance, the NSK 3480 includes a noise-reducing dual chamber structure. The NSK 3480 also includes an efficient 80 PLUS Bronze certified EA-380D Green power supply, which saves energy, reduces electrical waste, and lowers your electric bill. Cool, quiet, efficient, and stylish, the NSK 3480 is the perfect solution for all your computing needs.

Quick Specs:
Material Steel
Motherboard Supported Micro ATX Mini ITX
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Weight (Approximate) 20.90 lb 17.80 lb
Color Silver Black
Form Factor Tower
Country of Origin China
Height 13.8"
Width 7.8"
Depth 14"
Environmentally Friendly Yes
Environmental Certification RoHS
Number of Fans Supported 3
Number of Fans Installed 1
Number of External 3.5" Bays 1
Number of External 5.25" Bays 2
Number of Power Supplies Supported 1
Number of Power Supplies Installed 1
Number of Internal 3.5" Bays 1
Power Supply Wattage 380 W
Number of Total Expansion Bays 4
Number of Total Expansion Slots 4
Total Number of USB Ports 2
Total Number of FireWire Ports 1
Total Number of Audio Out Ports 1

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     Number of External 3.5" Bays: 1
     Number of External 5.25" Bays: 2
     Number of Internal 3.5" Bays: 1
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 4
General Information  
     Brand Name: Antec
     Manufacturer: Antec, Inc
     Manufacturer Part Number: NSK3480
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.antec.com
     Product Line: New Solution
     Product Model: NSK3480
     Product Name: New Solution NSK3480 System Cabinet
     Product Type: Computer Case
I/O Expansions  
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4
     Front Audio In: Yes
     Front Audio Out: Yes
     Front FireWire: Yes
     Front USB: Yes
     Total Number of Audio Out Ports: 1
     Total Number of FireWire Ports: 1
     Total Number of USB Ports: 2
     Country of Origin: China
     Environmental Certification: RoHS
     Environmentally Friendly: Yes
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Silver
     Depth: 14" (355.60 mm)
     Form Factor: Tower
     Height: 13.75" (349.30 mm)
     Material: Steel
     Weight (Approximate): 9.48 kg
8.07 kg
     Width: 7.75" (196.90 mm)
Power Description  
     Number of Power Supplies Installed: 1
     Number of Power Supplies Supported: 1
     Power Supply Wattage: 380 W
Technical Information  
     Motherboard Supported: Micro ATX
Mini ITX
     Number of Fans Installed: 1
     Number of Fans Supported: 3
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

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Now shipping with Greenpower (TSSumm- Mar 10, 10, 0 Replies)
Any way to get more HDDs in here? (Inept- Jul 03, 08, 11 Replies)
how to install the HDD (Polaris- Feb 19, 08, 2 Replies)
FYI Came with Earthwatt 380 (TSCC_Summ- Nov 30, 07, 3 Replies)
Not a NSK3480 (Byron_L- Nov 29, 07, 5 Replies)
PCI-e full or low profile? (Peter_D- Sep 09, 07, 2 Replies)
is this really the 3480? (Brian_C- Sep 04, 07, 1 Replies)

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URL: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/antec_nsk3480_microatx_case/
Comment: A review on this nice little case.
Posted by: MG @01/15/08
URL: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article763-page1.html
Comment: This is a significant improvement over the original NSK-3300, in which the power supply fan started to ramp up at a much lower load, and became easily audible under the highest loads. The NSK-3480 fan will ramp up if you have high enough a load, but there's no question that it is possible to keep a
Posted by: Mr. Friendly™ @10/23/07
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