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Antec Fusion Media Center Case
Author: Michael Fiss
Manufacturer: Antec
Source: Antec
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Antec Fusion Media Center Case
July 05, 2007

Antec is a well known name in the computer component industry that has been putting out quality components since "Starbucks had only a few stores. Don Johnson was actually cool. The average PC had less memory than today’s cellphones." For those who don't remember when that was, their website goes on to clarify that quote as describing the year 1986.

An Antec mid tower was actually the first case I used for a system build, and it was one of the ugly beige boxes that was the standard in the days before manufacturers offered cases with any personality at all. That old beige case wound up being the only one I have used from Antec until the subject of this review showed up on my door step. The Antec Fusion Media Center Case is definitely nothing like the early cases from Antec, and is quite different from many cases on the market today. This HTPC case has a refined style and high end features that have me anxious to dive into this review.

Before taking a look at the Antec Fusion Media Center Case provided for review, let's take a look at some features and specifications for the case and included power supply taken from the Antec website.

Features and Specifications:

» Aluminum plate front bezel with Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) and Volume Control to work with media center applications.
» Triple chamber structure to separate heat and noise of power supply, hard drives and motherboard for cooler and quieter operation
» Quiet high-efficiency 430 Watt ATX12V v2.0 power supply with universal input and active PFC
» Removable HDD brackets with extra soft silicone grommets to reduce vibrational noise
» Advanced cooling system:
   » 2 x sidemounted 120mm TriCool 3-speed fans
» Low profile desktop height to fit in any environment
» 3 Drive Bays:
   » Front Accessible: 1 x 5.25"
   » Internal 2 x 3.5"
» 4 Expansion Slots
» Motherboard: Micro ATX form factor (9.6" x 9.6")
» Front-mounted ports for easy multimedia connections
   » 2 x USB 2.0
   » 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire®, i.Link®)
   » Audio In and Out
» Durable 0.8mm cold rolled steel construction
» Case Dimensions: 5.5"(H) x 17.5"(W) x 16.3"(L), 14(H) x 44.5(W) x 41.4(L) cm

Power Supply:

» High-efficiency 430 Watt
» ATX12V v2.0
» Universal input
» Active PFC and high efficiency design
» AC Input: 100 - 240V/7A, 50Hz - 60Hz
» DC Output:
   » +3.3V: 25A
   » +5V: 25A
   » +12V1: 16A
   » +12V2: 16A
   » -12V: 0.8A
   » +5VSB: 2A
» +3.3V&+5V Combined Power: 130W
» Total Max Output: 430W

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