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Reviewed by: Norman Tan [09.29.05]
Manufactured by: Antec


This has certainly been an interesting year for Antec with the launch and re-launch of several new product lines and only small incremental improvements have been made. Of course, the reason that Antec doesn't need to come up with drastic changes for most of their line-up is that the stuff they make just plain works. It's not necessarily the fanciest stuff out there, but there is really nothing that really detracts from the case.

The TX1088AMG is a perfect example of that. The same basic design has been in use for quite a number of years now, but it has seen small improvements such as a redesigned power supply and the inclusion of a three speed fan. Nothing revolutionary mind you, but I would say that this case is more of an evolution towards a better product.

As with most of the cases we've seen of late, the build quality of the case was superb and there were no complaints in that department.

There were a couple of things that could have been better however. Firstly, with a case like this, a removable motherboard tray would have been a nice thing to have. A tool-less design would also have been a nice addition. Apart from that, there were really no improvements that I could think of for this case.

Taking a quick browse aroudn the web, at time of publication this case hovers around the $130-140 range. It can be found at for $139, and mWave for $136. Smaller stores have some deals, such as TechOnWeb for $113. There are certainly cheaper full towers out there, but there are also much more expensive ones. Considering the steel construction and lack of extraordinary features to make it stand out, the SOHO seems a bit on the pricey side. Especially if you consider that Thermaltake's excellent (if derivative) Tsunami can be found for a little over $100 at Newegg and mWave.

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  • Great build quality
  • Quality PSU included
  • Tricool fan

  • Not tool-less
  • No removeable motherboard tray
  • Been-there-done-that