The Draco 10: Antec’s brand new case
Antec’s new release for their Constellation Series is the Draco 10, and we’re here to check out its features. Who says you have to compromise when you’re considering a smaller PC setup?
Draco 10 Unboxing
Like most cases, the Draco 10 has the usual styrofoam packaging and standard cardboard boxing.
Simple and Efficient Design
Antec’s Draco 10 is made out of SPCC steel for the body, a plastic front panel, and tempered glass for the side panel. Surprisingly lightweight, it comes with one 120mm exhaust fan in the rear, and provides a plethora of fan mounting options for a small case. The Draco 10 also supports M-ATX and ITX motherboards. Here are the full specs:
|Dimensions||444 x 220 x 410 mm (DWH)|
|Form Factor||Mini Tower|
|Materials||Steel, Plastic, Tempered Glass|
|Mainboard Type||M-ATX, ITX|
|Front Access & Controls||Power, LED Control Button, USB3.0 x 2, MIC/AUDIO (HD)|
|Internal Drive Bays||2 x 3.5″/2.5″|
3 x 2.5″
|Fans||Front: 3 x 120mm/2 x 140mm|
Top: 2 x 120mm/ 2 x 140mm
|Pre-installed Fans||Rear: 1 x 120mm|
Top: 120/140/240/280mm (RAM length < 134mm
|Max Compatibilities||GPU Length: < 360mm (without Front Fan)|
CPU Cooler: < 165mm
PSU: <194 (with HDD), <350 (without HDD)
|Net Weight||5.3 Kgs|
|Gross Weight||6.2 Kgs|
Building in the Draco 10
Something that everyone should consider when building in a small-form-factor case is: plan the build. There were several times when I had to stop and think about the approach while building in this case. Not bad things; just things that you normally wouldn’t consider when you’re used to building in fuller-sized cases. The nice thing is that the Draco 10 provides a lot of options to accommodate that, such as drive and fan mounting options.
I used a Corsair RM1000X, which is an ATX sized PSU. This conflicted with the drive bay, but that can be removed if you have no use for it. However, if you do remove the bay, you lose the option to install 3.5″ drives or additional 2.5″ drives. When it came to the motherboard and GPU installation, I had no issues with installing an MSI B450I motherboard and RX470 graphics card. The Draco 10 can support cards up to 360mm if you don’t have front fans, so you’ll be fine if you have one of the latest GPUs from Nvidia or AMD,
Because my approach to installation is based on just the necessities, I did have to consider cable management. Since I don’t have special or custom cables for the PSU or SATA connections, I had to adjust the cables a little with the available openings to the motherboard. It’s not really a problem, but it’s something I’ve noticed with most cases nowadays.
So Many Airflow Options
Since I didn’t have a spare radiator for my CPU, I installed three 120mm fans at the front. There are also two fan mounts at the bottom of the shroud if you need extra airflow. During the installation, I found that my motherboard limited some of my configuration options. For example, my motherboard only had one case fan header. So I would either have to set my fans up for direct PSU power or find a splitter to attach all my fans to my motherboard. This would be a different story had I used a radiator instead.
A Little Squeeze of RGB
The Draco 10 has an RGB element in the front of the case. The LED control button at the top of the case cycles through your usual color patterns and solid color configurations. It’s just enough to wink at you during late-night gaming.
Worry-Free Mini Builds
It was a relief to build in the Antec Draco 10. I didn’t have to worry about shoving components into tight spots, and there is plenty of airflow throughout the case so that overheating shouldn’t be a problem. In fact, I really didn’t mind the generous breathing room it offers.
At the time of this review, the Antec Draco 10 is priced at $59.99.