Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Shows and Expos | October 21, 2011 - 07:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: wow, starcraft, nvidia, LG, diablo iii, diablo, blizzcon 2011, blizzcon, asus, antec
Hey everyone! I am still busily collecting information at Blizzcon 2011 but I thought I would share with you some of the photos I took from the first half of the first day of the show. If you haven't experienced Blizzcon before (and I hadn't) this is one hell of a celebration of PC gamers. Even if you aren't a fan of StarCraft, World of Warcraft or Diablo, this is an impressive event with a main stage area seating 15,000!!!
Check out all the photos on our Facebook page here (available to public as well!) I'll have some coverage of the Antec, ASUS and NVIDIA booth as well later in the evening so be sure to check back.
Here are a couple more samples, but be sure you check out the link above for ALL of the the photos!!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2011 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: antec, lanboy air yellow
The new Antec LanBoy Air Yellow has a very different look to. The exterior is almost entirely mesh apart from some very yellow highlights and the design is modular allowing you to remove parts of the case for easy access. There are quite a few fans installed by default with space for more and two rubber grommets on the back allow for an external radiator for those who prefer liquid cooling. RealWorldLabs warns that the over $200 price tag may scare some off but they feel the case is worth every penny.
"The latest Antec offering in their gamers PC case line called the LanBoy Air doesn't only feature a modular design never seen before, very good build quality, low weight and superior airflow but it also allows you to customize pretty much every aspect of it in order to meet your exact needs."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Carbide 400R Mid-Tower Chassis Review @ Techgage
- Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 @ techPowerUp
- NZXT Source 210 Elite Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- Xigmatek Elysium Super Tower Case Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- NZXT Tempest 410 Case Review @ Neoseeker
- SilverStone Temjin TJ08-E Case Review @ Hardware Secrets
- Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Case Review @ Neoseeker
- Antec One Hundred Mid Tower Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- Akasa FC-Trio Fan Controller Review @ eTeknix
- NZXT Sentry Mix Fan Controller @ Benchmark Reviews
- Corsair Hydro Series H80 Liquid-Cooling System or More Water for Processors @ X-bit Labs
- Thermaltake Frio OCK CPU Cooler Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Spire Gemini SP986B1-V2-2P Heatsink Review @ Frostytech
- Coolermaster Hyper 612S @ OC3D
- Prolimatech Genesis Super-Cooler @ X-bit Labs
- Phanteks PH-TC14PE @ OC3D
Podcast #169 - SSD Decoder Update, Antec SOLO II, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, Ultrabook news and a Drobo contest!!
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Graphics Cards, Processors, Storage, Mobile | September 8, 2011 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: ultrabook, ssd, podcast, eee pad transformer, drobo, decoder, asus, antec
PC Perspective Podcast #169 - 9/08/2011
Join us this week as we discuss the MARS II combo on Newegg, an update to the SSD Decoder, the new Antec SOLO II chassis, our review of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet, news on Ultrabook development and even announce a new contest partnership with Drobo!
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Antec SOLO II Chassis Review
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.
First up on the list is the SOLO II, part of the Antec Sonata line of "Quiet Computing" products. The original SOLO was released in early 2006 and since then much has changed in the world of chassis for gamers and those more interested in noise reduction. Antec is hoping that the SOLO II will actually address a large portion of BOTH crowds with its small footprint, many noise-deleting features and several enthusiast-class nods included.
Check out our video review of the SOLO II and keep reading for some images of the newest Antec chassis!
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 24, 2011 - 10:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: antec, PAX, penny arcade, contest
Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, announced today its official relationship with video game developer & publisher NCsoft Corporation and its subsequent activity at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) Prime 2011.
Antec will commence its relationship with NCsoft by opening an online boutique which, in the coming weeks, will let consumers purchase enclosures featuring custom NCsoft artwork from the City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Aion and future franchises.
Antec and NCsoft will team up at PAX Prime August 26th through August 28th, 2011 in Seattle, WA. Antec’s booth will be the only locale on the show floor where attendees can demo NCsoft’s upcoming City of Heroes Freedom.
Antec will also showcase an enclosures gallery with custom NCsoft artwork as a preview for what attendees can eventually order online. One of these select cases, equipped with hardware from Intel, Zotac, Kingston and Seagate, will be raffled off as a complete gaming PC.
“NCsoft is pleased to team up with Antec to bring our visual imagery from our award-winning line up of MMORPGs to their fans,” said Steve Levy, Global Director, Publishing, at NCsoft. “This is a great collaboration that will allow Antec’s customers to select a high performance PC enclosure and create a work of art that they will be proud to display.”
“We’re excited to kick off this new venture with NCsoft and invite our fans to give more personality to their PCs,” said Matthew Bosma, Director of Sales at Antec. “It has been great working with NCsoft and we’re looking forward to showing off their beautiful artwork to our fans and their fans, too.”
This year marks Antec’s fourth consecutive appearance at PAX Prime, and together with NCsoft, Antec promises to make its most exciting appearance at PAX yet.
Attendees can expect to see the latest Antec products including the upcoming SOLO II enclosure, which presents the uncompromising balance of Quiet Computing and performance.
Antec will also be demoing the soundscience rockus 3D | 2.1 speaker system in a sound-insulated room within the booth. Attendees will have the pleasure of experiencing the rockus’s capabilities in Kinect Fruit Ninja.
Join Antec at the Washington State Convention Center from August 26th through August 28th, 2011 to experience the latest Antec product lineup and exciting activities. For more information visit www.antec.com/pax2011 or follow the official Antec Facebook page for event updates at www.facebook.com/AntecInc.
Introduction and Features
Are you looking to put gaming-class power into your next build while working within a specific budget? Antec developed the High Current Gamer line for people who play games, for people who love games and spend countless hours gaming. The HCG series was designed to deliver the right balance between performance and high reliability at an affordable price.
Antec has one of the largest selections of PC power supplies on the market today and their High Current Gamer series offers five different power supply units ranging in output capacity from 400W up to 900W. The HCG-750 features 750W of continuous output power, is 80 Plus Bronze certified and incorporates all hard-wired cables with four PCI-E connectors, NVIDIA SLI-Ready and ATI CrossFire certification and typically sells for $100 USD.
Continue reading our full review of the Antec High Current Gamer 750 watt PSU!
Subject: Systems | June 29, 2011 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Veris Multimedia Station Premier, htpc, antec
Antec has released a product which can help turn a PC in to an HTPC. It sits in the same place a fan controller would, taking over two 5.25" bays and looking a bit like a high end car stereo. The Veris Multimedia Station Premier comes with a remote as well as the main unit which allows you control over the machine while you are sitting on the couch, including being able to turn the machine off. After eTechnix downloaded the latest version of the software they delved into the many features and settings that are available which they found a little overwhelming initially. Check out their full review here.
"Antec Inc was founded 25 years ago. They aimed their high-performance computer components and accessories products at the gaming, PC upgrade and DIY markets. Over the last 25 years Antec has built up a very good reputation and are now best known for their PC cases and power supplies. As they have moved into the HTPC case market it makes sense to expand on that segment to release other products which might give them an advantage in the market over their competitors.
They now produce a range of media component products from hard drive enclosures to multimedia stations. Today we take a look at the Antec Veris Multimedia Station Premier which is designed to be a complete solution for home theatre PC builders or those users looking to enhance the media experience of their PC.
The Antec Veris Multimedia Station Premier fits into two 5.25" drive bays and provides access to your PC using the supplied remote control as well as providing information on its inbuilt LCD display."
Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:
- Liteon iHES212 12x Internal Blu Ray @ XSReviews
- Zotac Z-Box Mini PC BluRay 250GB HTPC @ XSReview
- PCTV Nanotech T2 Review @ XSReviews
- How to Connect a New Receiver to a TV without HDMI Guide @ MissingRemote
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | June 3, 2011 - 12:15 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: performance series, p280, computex, antec
Upstairs at the Antec booth at Computex 2011, a new case sat awaiting our eyes and cameras called the Performance Series P280. A successor to the long-adored P180 case, the P280 will offer a host of tweaks and new features while maintaining a price point of about $130 on the street.
The fit and finish of the P280 should look familiar to anyone that has laid eyes on the P180. This time Antec has added two internal USB 3.0 ports in addition to a pair of USB 2.0 ports on the front panel.
The door on this case has the same over-swing as the P180 to completely fold away on the side if needed. There are three 5.25-in bays and a dual fan removable filter.
On the top of the case are pair of fans that use the newer rubber grommet style connection to lessen any kind of noise or rattle from them.
Both doors (and the top) of the P280 are lined with a very heavy compressed plastic that is used as a sound dampening device. Antec claims this is more effective than the foam insulation siding that many case vendors are currently using or that Antec uses on the P180.
Hit the "Read More" link for more photos and details on Antec's P280!!
Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 11:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: solo, PSU, high current gamer, computex, antec
While at Computex 2011 we stopped by the Antec booth to see what the company had on display for new gear going into the second half of 2011. While we of course saw Antec's line up of existing cases and power supplies, and of course the SoundScience audio options, there were a couple of new items on the floor as well.
First up was a visit with Joerg Theissen, formerly of Enermax, and a showing of the upcoming Antec High Current Gamer Plus series of power supplies. Available in a 550 watt, 650 watt and 750 watt version, the updated "Plus" series innovates by building in very high amperages in each of the various 12V rails; up to 40 amps on each! This allows the power supply to supply power to current and future graphics cards even with the smaller 550 watt PSU capacity.
The Plus series is also going with a modular system that gives the user a very flexible expansion capability. While the red and black outlets for cables fit with what most users will use, you can in fact install up to 10 HDD cables on the power supply should you need it. Antec's goal with the new High Current Gamer Plus is to make a unit that addresses both the high end performance segment customers are used to as well as lowering the price to a point where it can address a large majority of the DIY market overall.
The second new item was the Solo II chassis, a low cost design that actually includes some impressive features. Built on a combination of steel and aluminum, the Solo II is one of the first designs we have seen with built in support for the Slim ODD form factor, right out of the gate.
Inside the case you will see only a few HDD cages though for a small case it does offer support for even the largest graphics cards in this way. You will also see a cutout on the motherboard tray for rear access to the CPU the brackets as well as some other openings for improved cable management.
The front of the case opens up to reveal a pair of filtered intake fans and behind them the hard drive bays. The Solo II offers both your standard screw-less tray design as well as elastic suspension based HDD mounting options, similar to those seen in the LanBoy Air.
Even though this is going to be a low cost case (estimate $99-129), Antec has included some noise reduction material that is a form of highly compressed plastic that they claim works nearly as well as the foam substance used on the Antec P180. It is installed on both doors as well as the top of the Solo II.
Overall I have to say that the Solo II looks like a great chassis for users that don't need a gluttony of space and also have to work on a budget.
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2011 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, antec, soundscience rockus
Antec's Soundscience Rockus 3D are a set of 2.1 speakers, a pair of small satellite speakers in a shape reminiscent of a hand held loud speaker and a subwoofer measuring 14" x 8" x 11". On the back are analog and digital inputs, TOSLINK as opposed to SPDIF which makes sense on a 2.1 speaker system, as well as a switch to toggle between three bass modes. As for the 3D button, which supposedly uses digital signal processing to enhance your listening experience; The Tech Report were not quite sure how.
"Much like Corsair, Antec has delved into the audio world with its first set of PC speakers. How did it fare?"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- soundscience rockus 3D | 2.1 Speaker System @ Overclockers Online
- Roccat Kulo Stereo Gaming Headset @ Metku.net
- Microlab SOLO6C Powered Stereo Speakers @ Tweaktown
- Tivoli Audio NetWorks Review @ t-break
- SteelSeries 7H Pro Gaming Headset Review @ Tech-Reviews
- Tt eSports Shock One Gaming Headset @ Benchmark Reviews
- Plantronics Gamecom X10 @ XSReviews
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