Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2012 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, antec, 80plus platinum, Earthwatts Platinum 650W
At $120 on NewEgg, the Antec Earthwatts Platinum is not a bad choice for those looking for power and efficiency. Although it is SLI rated, with only two 6+2 PCIe power connectors you will need to rely on molex adapters to run two cards and at 650W they will not be current flagship models. Legit Reviews saw some questionable results while testing but for a PSU of this price, especially such a quiet and efficient one, it comes with a recommendation to stop worrying and pick it up.
"When it comes to performance, besides its high electrical efficiency which is expect from an 80Plus Platinum unit. The Earthwatts Platinum 650W PSU also excels in acoustics, with the unit running entirely silent across the entire nominal load range. The high efficiency also allows it to operate at fairly low temperatures as little energy is wasted as heat. Even though most hardcore enthusiasts would find this unit's electrical performance mediocre, we believe that the ripple suppression and voltage regulation of the Earthwatts Platinum 650W unit is more than acceptable for a sub-$100 product..."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Raidmax RX-600AF PSU Review @ Rbmods
- Thermaltake Toughpower XT Gold 1375 W @ techPowerUp
- LEPA G850-MAS Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Lepa G650 650W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
- Corsair Gaming Series GS 800w @ XSReviews
- Corsair AX1200i PSU @ Guru of 3D
- Corsair GS700 Bronze Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- FSP Aurum Pro 1000w Gold Power Supply Review @ HardwareHeaven
- be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W Power Supply @ Pro-Clockers
- Super Flower GOLDEN KING 1000W Power Supply Unit Review @ NikKTech
- Thermaltake Smart M Series 750W PSU @ Kitguru
- Corsair Professional Series HX850 @ weakTown
- FSP Raider 650 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2012 - 02:35 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: ROG, patriot, gaming, fry's, event, asus, antec
As Ryan alluded to in last night’s podcast, there is an upcoming event at the Fry’s Electronics store in Sunnyvale, California on the last weekend in July – the 28th and 29th. Specifically, it is the second-annual Republic of Gamers @ Fry’s event held by popular motherboard manufacturer ASUS. ASUS, in concert with NVIDIA, Antec, and Patriot Memory will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your comments. As a gaming-oriented event, the company has lined up several events for the whole family – from casual to hardcore gamers – and has brought along tons of ROG-branded hardware for you to check out. Some of the hardware on hand will include ASUS’ Maximus V Extreme and Maximus V Formula Z77 motherboards, its G75 laptops, and Vulcan Active Noise Canceling Headphones. There will also be prize giveaways both in person and online through the various social networks (for those that can’t make it in person).
Gaming hardware spans from the ASUS Transformer tablets to custom high-end gaming machines that will be available for you to play a number of different games.
The other major event is a panel hosted by PC Perspective’s own Ryan Shrout who will be entertaining the audience along with several hardware manufacturers. The topics of discussion will include tips for first time PC builders, advanced overclocking techniques, general hardware goodness, and a question and answer section where you will get a chance to get answers from the hardware manufacturers on your important questions!
It’s is going to be a really fun time, and you will be able to see Ryan and
bug him about the podcast videos and give him (good!) feedback on the site. We are excited about it and hope to see you all there! We previously mentioned a question and answer section, and one way to ask if you can’t make it is use the comments section below this post where Ryan will do his best to get you good answers!
Below are the full details on the where and when.
1077 East Arques Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
July 28th-29th 2012 (Saturday and Sunday) from 11am to 6pm
Admission is free.
ASUS will be providing $0.50 hot dogs and Coke, the money from which will go towards local charities.
Of course, there is a Facebook page for more information and to RSVP. Visit http://goo.gl/Lxkdl for more event details and follow #ROGexperience to stay up-to-date on the latest event information and for some great on-site giveaways.
Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2012 - 11:40 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PSU, power supply, antec, 80 Plus Platinum
Popular case and power supply manufacturer Antec recently released a new PSU, or Power Supply Unit, that represents the first 1,000 watt PSU to be certified by 80+ for Platinum efficiency. The new Antec High Current Pro 1000 Platinum is rated to deliver 1000 watts of power, features four +12 volt rails at 40 A per rail, and a modular cable design.
The PSU uses Japanese capacitors to deliver 40 A of DC output with low ripple and noise. In addition, it uses a modular cable design with dark colored cables to aid in cable management. Currently the PSU supports the following connectors.
- 1 x 20+4 Pin ATX
- 1 x 8 Pin 12V EPS
- 6 x 6+2 Pin PCI-E
- 9 x SATA
- 6 x Molex
- 1 x Floppy
- 1 x 4+4 Pin ATX/EPS
With regards to the 80 Plus (80+) Platinum rating, the new Antec PSU means that it is capable of delivering a minimum efficiency of 89 % at 20 to 100 percent load. At it's best, the PSU can run as efficiently as 94%. Global Marketing Director at Antec Mafalda Cogliani stated that "we designed a highly versatile, practical cabling to maximize cable management options and pushed High Current Pro to Platinum-certified efficiency to create a PSU package unrivaled by competitors at this wattage class."
Antec's High Current Pro Platinum is now on sale at Newegg, NCIX.com, and several other major retailers in the United States and Canada. Europe will be getting the HCP-1000 Platinum on April 9th. The power supply carries an MSRP of $269.95, and features a seven year warranty. More information is available on this product page.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2012 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: antec, eleven hundred
The Antec 1100 enclosure is a mid-tower design but with enough space inside to accommodate an XL-ATX board as well as coolers of up to 170mm (6.7"). The included cooling is impressive, with a possible nine 120mm fans installable though it only comes with two. There are six 3.5" drive bays, two 2.5" bays and three 5.25" bays, with the HDD bays set up front to back, sideways from the usual case design. [H]ard|OCP did have a few improvements to the case that they would have liked Antec to include but as the case walked away with a Silver Award, those additions would simply make a good case even better. If you are shopping for a $100 enclosure that can handle SSDs without adapters then you should check out their review.
"We take a long [H]ard look at Antec's new Eleven Hundred model chassis that is billed by Antec as being "The Advanced Gaming Authority." This relatively inexpensive DIY chassis is chock full of features and represents a flagship in the Antec line. Our new testing format takes its maiden voyage on the Eleven Hundred."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Lian Li PC-100 "The Hammer" Mid-Tower @ Tweaktown
- Corsair Carbide 300R Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Obsidian 550D Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Corsair Carbide 300R @ techPowerUp
- Fractal Design Arc Midi Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- BitFenix Raider PC Tower @ Pro-Clockers
- NZXT Phantom 410 Crafted Mid tower @ Pro-Clockers
- BitFenix Shinobi XL @ OC3D
- Raidmax Seiran Full Tower Case @ Funky Kit
- Antec Three Hundred Two Midtower Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- Enermax Fulmo Mid-Tower Case @ Bjorn3D
- SSilverstone Kublai KL04 Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- NZXT Source 220 Mid-Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Streacom FC8 Fanless Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Antec Cleaning Solutions Review @ Madshrimps
- Antec Advance TrueQuiet Pro 120mm Fan Review @ eTeknix/A>
- Noctua NF-F12 PWM Review @ OCC
- Gelid Darkforce @ OC3D
- Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- Noctua NH-L12 Low Profile CPU Cooler Review @ HardwareHeaven
The Eleven Hundred Case from Antec
Antec has been making a fairly strong push back into the enthusiast market as of late by sponsoring specific gaming events like Blizzcon and by preparing and releasing new products in the company's very popular lines of chassis. We have already taken a look at the Antec P280 case and in truth the Eleven Hundred we are looking at today is VERY similar to it. It is constructed on the same base chassis but has some interesting changes on the doors, the front panel and cooling options.
Even more than just new products, Antec as a company is moving in the right direction internally, addressing customer complaints and re-focusing the company to its core demographics. Company representative Jessie Lawrence actually sat down with me for an interview (our first edition of The Inside Perspective) last month where talked about new products and how Antec could improve its product line to gain the attention of the enthusiast crowd again. Based on that discussion it would seem that Antec is aiming to be one of the leaders in cases again.
Today we are looking the beginnings of this promise, the Antec Eleven Hundred. While the P280 was built towards a user that wants a particularly quiet computing experience, the Eleven Hundred finds itself targeted at performance users; those of us that want more fans, more cooling. With a retail price of about $120, the Eleven Hundred should find its way into quite a few gaming PCs.
Look below for our video review of the new case and keep reading for a collection of photos and more input on the design!!
I think the new Antec Eleven Hundred will be exactly the case that a lot of our readers want to see. While not officially a full tower case, with support for 13-in graphics cards and XL-ATX motherboards, there won't be many people that don't find enough room in this design. The inclusion of the grommetted routing openings and the HUGE CPU back plane hole are definitely great features to find their way to the Antec lineup. Things like USB 3.0 front panel connections, dedicated 2.5-in drive bays and the eight (8!!) available 120mm fan location really round out the Eleven Hundred.
Personally, I still find the mix of performance and quiet design features on the P280 more appealing, though that will depend on your system goals and individual preferences.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2011 - 09:38 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: p280, gaming, eleven hundred, cases, antec
While it is not often that users upgrade their computer cases without also updating the internals (at least compared to the opposite scenario), Antec still has you covered. If you purchase an Antec P280 or Eleven Hundred gaming case to house your trusty computer components that are only up to USB 2.0 compatible the two USB 3.0 ports are useless as the internal connector will not be compatible. Fret not; however, as the company has listened to user feedback and will now ship users a free adapter so that the front panel USB ports will be compatible with your motherboard (though only up to USB 2.0 speeds, of course).
Antec has been quoted by Maximum PC in stating that “We have hear the feedback you and your readers have given us regarding the USB 3.0 internal connector.” The further detailed that the specific compatibility issue is with the internal header connection, which would not work with older motherboards. As of today, users in such a predicament can visit the Antec website’s support page here or call 1-(800)-22ANTEC in the United States to request an adapter. The adapter is free; however, an invoice or other proof of purchase showing you bought one of the affected cases will be required.
The Antec P280's front panel USB 3.0 ports
I have to say that this is quite good on Antec’s part and it shows that they are really listening to customer feedback. For more on the company, why not check out the latest Inside Perspective interview with Antec?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2011 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: antec, antec 1100
It is nice to see a return to simple enclosures that focus on functionality after the market spent several years attaching a multitude of lights and using bright colour schemes. The Antec 1100 is exactly that, a mesh pattern dominates the front of the case and is repeated in the many fan positions on the top, back, bottom and side of the case. USB and audio connectors are easily accessible at the top of this mid sized case. You can have up to 9 fans in total cooling this case, or take advantage of the grommets for watercooling with an external radiator. Drop by OCC for a close look.
"Taking a look at the sides, I’m quite happy. Personally, I love chassis with large windows – I like to show off my running hardware, even when it isn’t all that impressive. On the Eleven Hundred, the window takes up over half the side panel in width and nearly the full size in height. It also includes two pre-drilled 120 mm fan spots for the addition of your own fans and aid cooling without hampering the view too much. The other panel behind the motherboard tray has a single 120 mm fan location for cooling from the back. This is perhaps one feature that most chassis still don’t provide today. It’s a simple addition and placing a fan here should bring your temps down even more."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Antec Eleven Hundred Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Antec Eleven Hundred Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews
- Antec Eleven Hundred Midtower Gaming Case @ Legit Reviews
- Antec Eleven Hundred @ Hardware Canucks
- Antec Eleven Hundred @ Overclockers.com
- Antec P180 Mini @ Rbmods
- Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl Case Review @ Legit Reviews
- CM Storm Trooper @ OC3D
- CM Storm Trooper Full Tower Chassis Review @ eTeknix
- Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra Super Tower Case Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Silverstone Raven 2 Evolution USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- Lian Li PC-TU200 Mini-ITX @ Tweaktown
- Cooler Master Storm Trooper Case Review @ Madshrimps
- Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- Rosewill Ranger Mid Tower ATX Computer Case Review @ Tweaknews
- CM Storm - Trooper Case Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Thermaltake V9 BlacX Edition PC Case @ RWLabs
- Zalman CNPS12X CPU Cooler Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 23, 2011 - 06:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: antec, Enhance, Hiper, scythe, PSU, modular psu
X-bit Labs assembled a number of PSUs to compare; the Hiper M600 650W, Scythe's Stronger 600W, Antec's Neo ECO 620C 620W, Enhance's EPS-1280GB4 800W and the Scythe Chouriki 2 850W. Most of the models are modular and several have 80+ ratings but unfortunately none stood out as shining examples of a PSU in their particular wattage. Still, it is nice to see a quick comparison of common PSUs found in prebuilt systems, such as the Antec Neo ECO which was pulled from an Antec Sonata IV. Check it out here.
"In this roundup we will discuss six power supply units that offer sufficient capacity for a home computer system. These are the products from Antec, Enhance, Hiper and Scythe."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600 W @ techPowerUp
- LEPA G700-MA 700 W @ techPowerUp
- OCZ ZT Series 650w Modular Power Supply Review @ OCIA
- TiVECO TVPS450 Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- XFX Pro 1250W Black Edition Full Modular Power Supply Unit Review @ HardwareHeaven
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 600 W Power Supply Review @ Hardware Secrets
- XFX Pro 1250W Black Edition Modular @ kitguru
- PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W @ kitguru
- Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 1000W PSU @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Dr. Power II Review @ Neoseeker @ Neoseeker
Welcome to The Inside Perspective
Welcome! The Inside Perspective is a new series on PC Perspective that will take you further behind the scenes of the industry than we typically go, with interviews of industry personnel. I hope you find these discussions to be both informative as well as eye opening into the world behind the reviews, behind the press releases and the marketing speak that everyone sees on a daily basis. http://pcper.com/tip
The Inside Perspective 001 - Antec's Jessie Lawrence
Antec was at one time the leader in enthusiast and gamer case design and much of what the company built years ago, like the P180 series, has endured years of modifications to remain relevant and these chassis remain some of the favorites of our staff. However, in the past several years, the case world has seen new entrants, new designs and new feature sets that Antec has been slow to adopt and as such they have fallen out of the leaders position in the mind-set of enthusiasts, even if they haven't in sales in revenue.
With the release of the new P280 and Eleven Hundred cases though (the former of which we have already reviewed) Antec is hoping to make a resurgence into the enthusiast market. And while I definitely was impressed with the P280 there is still some work to do and, luckily, Antec knows it and is moving forward in the right direction.
Recently, Antec's Communications Manager Jessie Lawrence stopped by the office and we sat down for a small interview to ask him about the new case designs, what he likes about working in this cut throat industry and how Antec plans to stem the tides against the competition.
While we are getting The Inside Perspective started, we are including it in our PC Perspective Podcast RSS feed. Also, the video version which we would encourage you to check out can be seen below, embedded via YouTube. You can be sure to find all of our episodes of The Inside Perspective at http://pcper.com/tip
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Host: Ryan Shrout
Guest: Jessie Lawrence, Antec
Program Length: 13:49
- 01:08 Introduction
- 02:15 Questions about new P280 and Eleven Hundred Cases
- 04:40 Target audience for each new case
- 05:50 Background with Jessie Lawrence
- 09:20 Memorable moments in the industry
- 11:20 How can Antec return to enthusiast roots?
- 13:45 Conclusion
Antec pushes forward
Sometimes, when you right something correctly the first time, it still fits:
Antec is one of the most storied brands when it comes to enthusiast class components like cases and power supplies. Unfortunately, the whims of the gamer change on a breeze as most will swap between company allegiances whenever the performance or features dictate. Antec has fallen into this trap over the last few years as many in the community moved on from the likes of the ever-present P180 to newer and more innovative designs from other companies. Having realized this internally and making moves to take care of that slide, Antec is going to start producing some modern cases with improved specifications.
I wrote those words as the introduction to our Antec SOLO II review and they still stand true. The SOLO II was a good case for its small size but the new Antec P280 attempts to reenergize the excitement around the Performance One series of cases, well known for the P180/190 lineage. The P280 continues with specific features like the 270 degree swinging door and sound dampening material but does it offer up enough additional features to catch the competition that has passed Antec?
Check out our video review below and continue reading if you want to see a collection of still photos and our final thoughts!
Overall, I think the new Antec P280 is a great case for the price, coming in at $139 (and likely lower) at launch. The case offers what I would now call "staple" features like the grommeted cable routing openings around the motherboard and a large CPU cooler installation opening while keeping what made the Performance One series of cases great including sound dampening material on the front door and side panels and the classic swinging door. Extras like the dedicated 2.5-in drive bays, rubber feet for the standard 3.5-in HDDs, 9 expansion slots and the side access fan filter for the power supply really show that Antec is moving in the right direction again.