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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

Installation:

The installation process started with the hard drives and optical drive. Each hard drive slides into the black inserts and the longer screws than usual (included) are used because of the extra length need to get past the silicone grommets. The optical drive is easily installed by securing it to the removable cage with a few of the included screws, and somewhat surprisingly there are no silicone grommets used here.

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The motherboard area already has the standoffs installed for a mATX motherboard, so just line the board up and use the screws to secure it. With some time taken to route wires through the holes throughout the case, it can be pretty neat and tidy inside.

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Testing:

The Antec Fusion Media Center Case has a few key features that require testing, including the 430W power supply, 120mm TriCool fans, and the VFD.

To test the power supply I used a Foxconn motherboard monitoring tool called SuperStep for voltage readings. To test the idle and load voltages of the unit, I connected the following HTPC components:

Foxconn 6150K8MA-8EKRS Motherboard
AMD A64 3200+ Processor
Micron 2x1GB DDR400 Memory
XFX GeForce 7600GS 256MB PCI-E Card
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum PCI Card
ATI HDTV Wonder TV Tuner Card
LG 18X DVD-RW Optical Drive
Seagate Barracuda 80GB 7200RPM SATA II Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM SATA II Hard Drive
The idle condition was established by powering the system at stock speeds and voltages with no applications running for a period of at least 30 minutes. The load condition was established by running Prime95 for a period of at least 60 minutes.


As you can see, the power supply's 3.3V rail is a little weak, but overall it holds up very well when the load condition is applied.

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