Author: Bob Buskirk
For the first time in as long as I can remember Antec actually had a booth on the show floor at CES. I think the main reason for this is to gain some traction with their Soundscience Rockus Speakers. Well whatever the reason for Antec returning to the show floor they did have some really cool products to show us, so let’s take a look…
When we were shown around the Antec booth one thing really caught my eye was 2 systems being powered by a single Antec HCP-1200W power supply. These systems have been running all day according to Antec. They are not simple systems either they are X58 dual graphics card systems. Each system is comprised of an Intel i7 980X CPU, ASUS Ramplage III Gene motherboard, 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX-580 graphics cards, 12GB Patriot Sector 7 DDR3 memory, and a single 120GB Patriot Inferno SSD. The HCP-1200W power supply is an 80PLUS Gold certified power supply and really showed it in this torture test. It was running a little hot, but that is expected.
Interestingly enough hiding on these systems is Antec’s first water-cooling product the Kuhler H20. There really is not that much information on this cooler, except that it is an all-in-one system. It will be available sometime in Q1 and will carry a MSRP of $130. They also had a pretty neat angled cooling fan installed on each system, that will also be available soon.
OK let’s move on to cases. If you didn’t know Antec does make a red version of the LanBoy Air (check out our review of the LanBoy Air here). I think the red is my favorite version of the case now! One of the big announcements was the Sonata IV mid-tower case. The Sonata is Antec’s quiet computing line of cases and the Sonata IV has been re-designed from the ground up with the latest features you expect to find in a case from Antec. The case also comes with an included 80PLUS certified 620W power supply. It is available now for $199.
Another new case from Antec is the One Hundred gaming case. The case is meant to give users all the features they want at an affordable price. It features an all black interior, 4 front mounted USB 2.0 ports, a storage tray, top 140mm fan, rear 120mm fan and a standard case lock. This case is also available now with an estimated price of $79.95.
Antec is always improving their cases and to show this they are revamped both their Six Hundred gaming case and their Nine Hundred Two gaming case. Let’s start with the Nine Hundred Two, the new case will be called the Nine Hundred Two v3. It has the same basic design, but Antec has added a USB 3.0 port on the front, CPU cutout and an internal bottom-mounted 2.5-inch drive bay. The new Six Hundred case is the Six Hundred V3. Not much has changed with this case except Antec has added a 2.5-inch front-mounted hot-swappable bay.