Antec C5 ARGB Review (Page 1 of 4)

Antec C5 ARGB Review

By: Ronald Chow (Guest Editor)
July 12, 2024

Would you agree that "less is more", or is more actually more? From the bygone era of the 1960s, minimalist design has surprisingly gained quite a bit of traction in computer case design. Although computer chassis have stayed mostly in the shape of a box, there have been quite a few examples in recent memory that take after the box even more. Maximalism, on the other hand, is opposed to minimalism. It embraces showy, abundant excess. In our situation today, the Antec C5 ARGB could be seen as a mix of both. It is reminiscent of a piece of modern architecture. When off, it is a quiet, discreet, minimal box, with floor to ceiling windows and a hint of angular flair. However, as you trigger the power button, the once quiet, dark monolith roars to life. A large number of fans start spinning and a dazzling display of lights blast into your eye holes with enough to rival the slot machines of the Vegas strip. This Antec C5 ARGB is the embodiment of these things in a case. It is a modern design with both minimalist and maximalist ideas. It also includes many current and popular features. Whether it is the fishbowl panoramic glass, integrated addressable RGB LED lighting, dual-chamber design and back connector motherboard support, it has it all. So let us dive into what this product has to offer.

Our review unit of the Antec C5 ARGB arrived at our APH Networks offices in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in great condition. It came in a plain corrugated cardboard box from ASI Computer Technologies, which is a distributor and computer wholesaler. The ground service that was used kept the box in great shape with little blemish on the edges. Unfortunately, the outer cardboard box did not do much to protect the retail container's edges. As for the retail packaging, as seen above, it prominently features the case on the exterior, dimensions, key features, and exploded view. The box also reminds us that this is part of Antec’s Constellation Series, as well as their 2-year warranty and support phone numbers. It is a well-executed, clean, and clear design.

Specifications from Antec’s website are listed down below for your viewing pleasure:

Case Specification
Model: Antec C5 ARGB Black
Dimensions: 469 x 285 x 400mm (DWH)
Form Factor: Mid Tower
Materials: Steel + Plastic + Glass
Mainboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, ITX
Front Controls: Power, LED Control Button
Front I/O: USB 3.0 x 2, Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 x 1, MIC x 1, HD-AUDIO x 1
Side Panel - 4mm Tempered Glass

Drive Bays
Expansion Slots: 7
3.5": 1
2.5": 2

Fan Support
Top: 3 x 120 / 2 x 140mm
Side: 3 x 120 / 2 x 140mm
Bottom: 3 x 120mm
Rear: 120mm
Included Fan(s):
Bottom: 3 x 120mm PWM ARGB reverse fans
Side: 3 x 120mm PWM ARGB reverse fans
Rear: 1 x 120mm PWM ARGB fan

Radiator Support
Top: 120 / 140 / 240 / 280 / 360mm
Side: 120 / 140 / 240 / 280mm
Bottom: 120 / 240 / 360mm
Rear: 120mm

Max GPU Length: ≤ 410mm
Max CPU Cooler Height: ≤ 160mm
Max PSU Length: (Include cable) ≤ 240mm

Dust Filter: Top / Bottom
Net Weight: 7.6 Kg
Gross Weight: 9.2 Kg
Warranty: 2 Years

Having unboxed the Antec C5 ARGB, we can see it is protected by two thick pieces of what I believe to be closed-cell polyethylene foam. This is a welcome sight, as this type of foam can provide protection from multiple bumps without compromising its protective integrity. The case is wrapped in a plastic bag to prevent dust and scratches. The front and side tempered glass panels also both have a removable peel for a satisfying removal.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion