Moving over to Power Supplies Antec has a really powerful and innovative power supply in the TPQ-1200 OC. So what makes this power supply so innovative? You will notice there are 2 knobs on the back of the unit; the first is for the cooling fan. The second is the +12V output voltage knob, which will allow you to adjust the +12V voltage all the way from 11.8V to 12.4V. This is awesome for overclocking applications. Also you will notice on the ends of the power supply connectors there are large pieces of plastic. Under these are high performance capacitors that provide an extra power reserve when you need it. Besides all of that this power supply features 6 +12V rails, an 80PLUS silver rating, and is SLI and Crossfire certified. Right now these are going to be very limited, but will retail for $349.
If you do not need the output voltage knob or fan speed control Antec will be offering the TPQ-1200 for about $100 less. This is basically the same power supply except without those 2 features.
Antec has also updated their Signature series power supply with a 1200W. If you remember back in 2008 we reviewed the Signature Series 850W power supply. The 1200W has the same features that you really are not going to find on most consumer power supplies. Some of these features include DC to DC voltage regulators which better ensure system stability, and 80mm PWM fan which can run up to 50% quieter than standard fans, and the kicker is that this power supply has an 80PLUS Gold certification. There are not many power supplies that have the gold certification.
Home Theater Cases
We were also shown 2 home theater systems. First let’s start with the smaller case, which is made for mITX systems. It features an all mesh design and a cooling fan on one side. As you can see there are 4 USB ports in the front. This is the perfect case for an Intel Atom Setup. The next case larger and made for home theater use. This case can fit up to 6 hard drives! 4 3.5-inch drives and 2 2.5-inch drives. It even has a hot-swappable 2.5-inch hard drive bay. You also get 4 USB ports on the front and the case has a very sleek look to it, which makes it blend right in with your other home theater components.
One thing that Antec showed us that I’m surprised I’ve actually haven’t seen before is called the LanBoard. It is basically a board with wheels on it that will be used to roll your tower into the next LAN party you attend. It’s not just the board it also comes with carry strap for your tower as well. Antec says this will retail from around $29-$34.99.
Feb 26, 2015 0