Stylish, silent and efficient, the NSK 2480 desktop case is the perfect solution for anyone looking for a slim PC system that doesn't compromise on quality. The NSK 2480 features a triple-chamber structure, designed to isolate heat and noise produced by the power supply and hard drives, ensuring a quiet computing environment. Along with its exceptional ventilation and attractively understated styling, the NSK 2480 also includes an 80 PLUS Bronze certified EA-380D Green power supply, which reduces your electric bill while protecting the planet. Factor in the two side-mounted 120mm TriCool fans, and you'll see why we call this case "the quiet wonder."
Very Sweet Case1/15/2011
Pro: Well made, great power supply, looks great. Includes cable management, noise isolating grommets. Easy assembly. Cons: Fans are still noisier than expected. Antec cases are worth the extra $s.
A good case4/6/2009
This is a pretty decent case. The separate chamber design works well, and no trouble at all keeping everything cool. The dual 120mm fans do a great job at ventilating the case, and allows me to use a fanless Scythe Mini CPU. I replaced the included fans with Artic Cooling PWM fans allowing the fan speed to be controlled by the MB BIOS. Works very well this way, and the box runs very cool, and stays as quiet as possible. The size of the case is comparable to a lot of A/V equipment, and is big enough to allow use of full-size PCI cards. Make sure you use a quiet HD in this case. The silicon mounting is better than hard mounting, but it won't be enough to quiet down an HD that's noisy to begin with. What I don't like - 1.) I find the front panel to be rather ugly. It's a weird silverish color that doesn't match up all that well with A/V equipment. And it's plastic. From a distance it's looks ok, but up close it looks like cheap plastic. For the price of this case, it should've come with a *much* nicer front panel. 2.) The included fans can't be connected to MB headers. The retail Tri-cool fans are 3-pin with 4-pin adapters. I don't get why they opted to provide fans with only 4-pin power. 3.) The included power supply is a decent 80-plus unit, but only 1 lead has SATA connectors (2 of them). Cable management is somewhat problematic with the long power leads, and while the PS is somewhat quiet, it could be quieter. All-in-all, I'd say it's fairly well designed, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again. They charge a premium price for the case, then cheap out on the front panel and case fans. I would much prefer they keeps their fans and power supply, and at least make the front panel black, and drop the price accordingly.
Well-designed case with a few drawbacks1/25/2009
This could be an excellent case for your home theater PC. It's well-designed, with two huge 120mm case fans that keep an AMD Athlon64 dual-core CPU cool even on the Low setting. (There are also Medium and High.) There are three separate compartments: PSU and external drives, motherboard, and hard drives. The external drives are installed in a removable cage. The cage and the walls between compartments have rubber feet above it to eliminate vibration. The cage has an inch of space below it for cables to run to the hard drive compartment. There's an adjustable opening for cables to run to the mobo compartment. There are tiedowns for cables in the mobo compartment. There are ventilation holes in the top, bottom, and the fans are on the right. The drawbacks include a lack of internal speaker for BIOS POST codes. I had to borrow a separate speaker from work to diagnose the problems. The case fan switches are internal only, so you'll have to open the case if you ever want to adjust them. The biggest problem is that the PSU isn't properly grounded. If you touch the case or insert a USB key and there's static discharge, the computer will shut down. If you're lucky, it'll restart okay, but the static should route through the case to the PSU and to a grounding wire. I had to connect a grounding wire from the case back to my coax cable to ground it. It's also unusual that there are no product labels visible anywhere. Antec demands the serial number before providing any technical support, so I recommend removing the PSU and seeing if there's a label underneath it. If there is, take a picture of it. You won't want to remove it after you get everything installed and set up.
Good-looking and quiet1/7/2009
...Reminds me of an old girlfriend... er, nevermind. A pleasure to work with. Quality construction and lots of good engineering for sound reduction. Built an AMD-based home media server -- main goals were quiet and low power consumption. Removed one of the 2 fans since it was plenty cool with just one. Only sound I can hear is the power supply fan. The sound is roughly equivalent to what you hear from a heat/AC vent at a distance. With the dual core AMD, SATA hard drive, 4GB RAM, and DVD drive, it only uses about 40 watts, and no heat buildup at all.
Antec NSK2480 PVR Chassis8/25/2008
This is a bigger Media style case and it is built like a tank. Easier to list the cons....NONE. Features that make this case better than the rest are: 1- Sectional Design, Power supply(Included) and CD drives located on one side of case... MBoard and Hard drives are on the other side, Isolated with 2 High End Large fans that have 3 adjustable speeds. (draws cool air from underchassis and vents out the sides quietly). 2- space, nothing is cramped in giving everything room to breathe. 3- removable Cd Drive Chassis. 4- Easy Access top cover. 5- Looks really good with all other Electronic Components. Need I go on??? May buy another soon!! My only deduction was that on "Ease of use", I have built other PVR systems that were easier to "Slap together".
Sweet case. I may actually switch to this format from towers. There is more room for cabling than a tower. Note, the Antec EarthWatts power supply only has 2 SATA power connectors (one chain). The DVD bays (5.25") and the hard drive bays are in separate compartments, so you can't share the one chain. If SATA in both bays, you'll need a SATA power adapter (for the old style power connectors). Two very low noise fans. Nice air flow.
I didn't want to spend more for the case than the mobo and CPU for my HTPC :-) Plenty of room inside, good cooling, simple stereo look and perfect size 380W PS. Room for two HD's and DVD drives. I have had issues with Antec PS's in the past not lasting a year and so we shall see. Very quiet with AMD heat pipe and X2 5000+. Hard drives mount towards the front and make more noise than anything else in the system. Shipped with mobo standoff's mounted and the screws included were the wrong size. Lucky I had screws from other projects. Very happy with the new blu-ray media center PC. Internet on a 50" at 1920x1080 is great. HTPC has finally made it with the new integrated graphics mobo's!
Antec, usually a good name5/12/2008
The case is pretty well designed. I took my time putting in the motherboard, attaching all the wires and accessory items. Then I turned the item on. DOA. Checked every possibility. Power supply was bad. To be continued.
This case is cool and quiet. Has two large fans along the side. You can remove one and put in a 'blank' that comes with the case. Very easy to work inside and install. I found it easier than all the tower cases I have used. Antec EarthWatts power supply only has SATA power connectors (2) on one of the dressed cables. Because the hard drive bay and the external drive bay are physically separate, you will need adapter for one of the bays if you have both SATA CD/DVD and SATA HD.