Upcoming Antec P9 Window Edition Chassis Leaked!

The Antec P9 looks set to make a return later this year, as image have surfaced showing off a major revision to the design which is not currently on their EU website. The chassis has a nice big design, offering up room for ATX, Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX motherboards, with up to eight expansion slots at the back. The PSU is bottom mounted, with a huge amount of room, so even high-end PSUs should fit with ease. There’s slide out washable dust filters on the front panel, so maintenance should be nice and easy.

Cable routing looks very promising, with lots of room behind the motherboard, and lots of routing spaces where you would need them most. Expandability looks especially interesting, with a huge bank of 3.5/2.5″ drive trays towards the front of the chassis, but there’s also a pair of dedicated 2.5″ drive bays behind the motherboard, as well as an extra 3.5″ bay in the 5.25″ slot. These are especially handy, as the entire front hard drive bays can be removed, which frees up a vast amount of vertical and horizontal space for thick radiators and other custom look water cooling hardware. It looks like the chassis will handle a 240mm radiator in the front, 240/280/360mm in the top, as well as mounting areas for reservoir and pump hardware.

Obvious additions such as the side panel window are going to be great for those eager to show off their build and with room for enthusiast hardware such as extra-long graphics cards, thick radiators, high-end PSUs and more, you’ll no doubt be eager to see what’s going on through that window panel.

We’re expecting prices in the region of £70-80, keeping in line with Antec’s current pricing structure. We’ll update you as soon as we have more information.

Antec Kuhler H20 H1200 & H600 Pro Water Cooler Review

Introduction


Antec is one of the biggest names in the PC component market, with many years of experience in creating chassis, cooler, power supplies and more.  With Antec having created so many products over the years, it’s more than likely you’ve owned a few of their components over the years, so it’s great to see them continue to push the limits. Antec has been a little behind in the cooling market recently, as their last range of Kuhler H20 products didn’t exactly capture the imaginations of the market, but their latest versions, the H1200 Pro and the H600 Pro look set to change that.

Maximum cooling thanks to large copper base plate and high-performance radiator

“To achieve the best results when used with overclocked processors, both Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO are equipped with a large copper base plate that efficiently transfers heat from any AMD or Intel processor to the radiator. For maximum performance, H600 PRO and H1200 PRO feature a precisely constructed radiator with a 0.2 mm fin interval. The dimensions of the radiator are 275 mm x 120 mm x 27 mm for the H1200 and 155 mm x 120 mm x 27 mm for the H600.” – Antec

The new range features a 120mm and a 240mm slim radiator design, with an AIO (all in one) water cooling setup that aims to deliver high-end performance, flawless designs and best of all, wallet-friendly prices. Spec for spec, the latest Antec products are often half the price of their next big competitor, so it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep up with some of the more established AIO coolers on the market, especially at such competitive prices. If they can, then Antec are about to win over a huge part of the PC system building market.

Extremely quiet operation meets tremendous power

“Despite their excellent cooling performance, H600 PRO and H1200 PRO operate extremely quiet. This is due to the high-quality blue LED 120 mm fans that can reach up to 2,400 revolutions per minute. In addition, the enclosed pump impeller is near completely silent while delivering a pressure of 2.3 meters of water. The pump achieves this exceptional pressure thanks to the higher rotational speed of the winding type three-phase motor, maximising cooling performance for any PC system. For clean cable management, the pump is powered by a SATA interface.” – Antec

High build quality for exceptional durability

All components used for the Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO systems impress with their outstanding build quality and durability. The oil-free lubrication graphite bearing has a service life of up to 150,000 hours. The service life of the carbon metal crystalline ceramic axis is also 50 times longer than that of common models.” – Antec

We’ve got both models in the eTeknix office today and will be putting them head to head with each other, as well as a wide range of aftermarket coolers from many other brands, so it’ll be exciting to see how they perform. As you can see, both coolers come in a stylishly designed box, with a nice image of the product on the front and the main specifications, although I don’t think that lightning effect on the H600 is a feature, obviously.

The H1200 comes bundled with two lovely 120mm blue LED fans, each fitted with a standard PWM connector, anti-vibration screw holes and clear fan blades. It also comes bundled with a Y-splitter, so you only need a single motherboard header to connect them. The H600 comes with just one of these fans, which also means it doesn’t include the Y-splitter.

The fans are certainly of a nice quality and they’re Antec’s own design; having personally used a lot of Antec fans in the past, I have high hopes for their performance.

Both the H600 and the H1200 come with the same set of components, with the exception of the extra fan and Y-splitter for the H1200. You’ll find a universal backplate, AMD and Intel mounting brackets, a small tube of thermal paste, and all black fittings for the screws and other mounting hardware.

Both coolers come nicely packaged in protective cardboard, with durable plastic bag coverings on all major hardware, as well as some thick air pockets to help prevent any of it moving around in transit.

Antec Introduces Kühler H2O H600 PRO and H1200 PRO

All-in-one liquid cooling solutions are a great way to improve the cooling abilities past that of purely air-based CPU coolers and Antec just released two new of such models. The two new Antec all-in-one CPU coolers are the Kühler H2O H600 PRO and Kühler H2O H1200 PRO. These new Antec Kühler models should provide you with the best possible cooling abilities thanks to the use of quality components such as an extra-large copper base plate, the high-performance radiator, and the silent yet powerful fans included.

 

The Antec Kühler H600 and H1200 are close to identical with only the radiator length and tubing length to differentiate them. The H600 is a 120mm sized model with a tube length of 315mm while the Kühler H1200 is a 240mm sized model with a tube length of 348mm. Both Kühler models have a radiator thickness of 27mm.

Both the Kühler H600 PRO and H1200 PRO are equipped with the same large copper base plate that should transfer heat effectively from any AMD or Intel processor as the coolers are compatible with pretty much any socket. You can mount it on Intel LGA 775, 115x, 1366, and 2011 as well as AMD AM2 and all newer up to the current ones.

The radiator on the Kühler H600 PRO measures 155 x 120 and the H1200 measures 275 x 120mm, which is the room you’ll need to mount these. The radiators are constructed with a 0.2mm fin interval and together with the large base plate lay the foundation for the cooling abilities.

While you can mount any standard 120mm fans on these radiators, there already are some good ones included. Antec bundled their blue LED fans with the Kühler H600 and Kühler H1200 which spin with a speed of 600 to 2400 RPM and create a noise level of 16 to 25 dBa.

 

The enclosed pump impeller is said to be near completely silent while delivering a pressure of 2.3 meters of water. The pump achieves this pressure thanks to the higher rotational speed of the winding type three-phase motor. A fan header can’t deliver enough power to these coolers, so that is delivered via an SATA power connector instead.

The Kühler H2O H600 PRO comes with an MSRP of £39.99 while the H1200 costs a little more with its MSRP set to £59.99. Those are still very reasonable prices and I think these units should sell well. Antec did not reveal when then the new units will be available at this time.

We have just received our review samples here at the eTeknix office, so we’ll have the full reviews ready for you in a couple of days. Stay tuned and see how great these new Antec Kühler H20 can perform.

Antec GX500 Window Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Antec is one of the most recognizable names in the PC market, having created many extremely popular products over the many years they’ve been in business. From the high-end to the low-end, they’ve always had a lot to offer for a wide range of budgets. Today, we’ll be taking a look at something from the lower end of the budget range, the very affordable GX500 Window chassis which offers just enough features to satisfy the demands of a desktop gaming build.

“The GX500 Window is designed for gamers from the inside-out, from its advanced cooling system to its I/O panel with USB 3.0. A total of three fans come standard along with washable dust filters and handy cable routing that helps keep equipment cool, dust-free and reliable. The GX500 Window also lets you organize a clean, powerful build with space for elite GPUs up to 15” (380 mm) in length, and extra space behind motherboard tray. With a bevy of in-demand features all at a supremely attractive price, the GX500 Window is more than just a low price – it’s the value case that gives you more for your money.”

We all want a high-end feature packed and premium chassis, which we know can cost north of £100 for the one you really want, but at the end of the day, a chassis that’ll get the job done is no bad thing and frees up a lot of your budget, leaving you with more funds for a faster graphics card of processor. The GX500 does tick a lot of boxes though, with room for ATX motherboards, 15-inch expansion cards, tall CPU coolers, plenty of fans, some water cooling support (although rather limited), cable routing and a side panel window.

The left side of the chassis a features a funky window section, which is nice for showing off a bit of your build, although you’re not really going to see much here, as the GPU and a lot of the motherboard areas will be visually obscured by the side panel and the 120mm side-mounted fan.

The right side panel has a raised section, keeping with the design of the left, although on this side it’ll allow extra cable routing space. Both side panels are held in place by two thumb screws at the back of the chassis.

The front is certainly presentable, with a large fan mesh for two optional front mounted fans. I certainly like the way the top panel curves down a little bit, giving a sleek overall appearance that would look tidy as part of a gaming setup or in the office.

Behind the front cover, you’ll find a pre-installed fan as well as room for one more below it. There’s not the best in the way of air filters, but the front panel mesh should do a reasonable job.

Around the back, you’ll find a slide-lock at the top, which can be used to remove the top panel fan cover. Below that, a couple of routing grommets, a pre-installed 120mm fan, 7 expansion slots and the PSU mount. Unfortunately, the expansion slot covers are a snap-off design, but that’s hardly a deal breaker.

The top panel has room for two more fans, which combined with the front, side and rear mounts, adds up to some serious air cooling potential.

Remove the top cover and you’ll find more than enough room for a pair of 120mm fans.

Adding further to the air cooling capabilities of this chassis, there is a two channel fan control setup on the front I/O, offering low/stop/high modes on each. There’s also a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HD audio and the usual power buttons and indicator lights.

The underside of the GX500 is pretty decent, with four large durable feet that give it good stability and excellent ground clearance for the PSU air intake, which comes fitted with a slide-out dust filter for easy maintenance.

Antec Strictly Power VPF550 Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Antec produce some of the most popular PSUs on the market, their PGS series has been a popular choice for many years now and their more recent EDGE series are winning people over too. Of course, not everyone has the budget, or the technical need for a high-end gaming PSU and that’s where the VPS550 comes in. This is a low to midrange power supply, offering 80 Plus Bronze efficiency, 550W of power, non-modular cables and a very affordable £40 price tag. Sure it’s not that exciting, but a budget-friendly gaming system or office computer will no doubt be an ideal target for Antec’s latest.

The packaging is nicely designed, showing all the main specifications right on the front, including the support for Haswell, active PFC and continuous power.

The same details are on the back of the box, as well as the multi-language breakdown.

In the box, you’ll find some warranty information, four mounting screws and the AC power cable.

Antec HCP Platinum Continuous Power 1000W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Antec have produced some extremely popular power supplies over the years, such as their very reliable PGS series, many of which I’ve owned and used myself over the years. For those with demanding systems, such as test benches, rendering systems and gaming rigs, their HCP Continuous Power units are a popular choice, so we’ve been eager to get one onto our test bench and see how good they really are!

The unit we have today is rated for 1000W with an 80 Plus Platinum efficiency, so there’s no doubt that this is a high-end/enthusiast unit, and that means it’s going to be something worth considering for those building a multi-GPU system thanks for the high power output and the potential long-term savings due to the high levels of efficiency. Of course, we’re also hoping to see stable power output and a whole lot more, so let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

“Antec’s High Current Pro Platinum series is the pinnacle of power supplies. High Current Pro Platinum is fully modular with a revolutionary 20+8-pin MBU socket for the needs of tomorrow. By using a PSU that is 80 PLUS® PLATINUM & ErP Lot 6: 2013 certified, operating up to 94% efficient, you can reduce your electricity bill by up to 25% when compared to many other power supplies. HCP Platinum’s innovative 16-pin sockets create a new level of flexibility by doubling the modular connectivity, supporting two different 8-pins connectors and even future connectors of 10, 12, 14 or 16-pins. Backed by a 7 year warranty and lifetime global 24/7 support, the HCP-1000 Platinum embodies everything a power supply can accomplish today.” – Antec

The unit comes with 4 high current +12V rails, a little old school, but balancing your per-rail load is not rocket science for any enthusiast. All the usual protection features are present and accounted for as well as 16-pin modular sockets.

In the box, you’ll find some documentation, a few velcro cable ties and screws, as well as the mains power cable.

There’s also a handy storage bag, which houses all of the included modular cables.

Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Chassis With Built-in 150w PSU Review

Introduction


Just a few months ago, we took a look at the rather fantastic and affordable Antec ISK-110, which features a 90w built-in PSU and room for a mini-ITX motherboard. It was perfect for mounting on the back of your monitor, making it a very compact and space-saving desktop system that is ideal for offices; I should know, I’m using one for my spare workstation and it’s brilliant! Today we’ll be taking a look at something a little higher up the price and specification range, the Antec ISK 310-150, much like its little brother, it comes with support for a mini-ITX motherboard and it’s fairly small, although still bigger than the ISK110. It also features a built-in PSU, but the maximum power has been upped to 150w, giving you much more headroom for a high-end CPU or APU based system.

“Mini-ITX is the next “big” thing. And now, Antec introduces the ISK 310-150, designed exclusively for Mini-ITX motherboards. With three drive bays, a quiet 80mm TriCool fan, and a 150-watt power supply, the ISK 310-150 can handle many of the tasks of a traditional PC, in a fraction of the space. Plus, its stylish, silver front bezel will fit in perfectly with your existing multimedia components. From petite desktop options to silent home theater, Antec’s ISK 310-150 is an epic case of mini proportions.”

As you can see from the specifications, it’s not the most capable chassis in the world, but it is quite a compact design after all. There’s room for a few hard drives, a slim ODD and you’ll certainly want a low-profile (or stock) CPU cooler.

The chassis comes bundled with quite a few accessories to get all your components installed, with screws, cable ties, power cable and one of the cooler parts, a vertical desktop mount.

The ISK310-350 is pretty heavy, that much is immediately apparent when you take it out of the box and this is due in no small part to the built-in and pre-installed PSU. There’s a good amount of ventilation down the left side, and even a little extra on top to help keep things cool.

Down the right side, we’ve got even more ventilation, as well as a pre-installed 80mm TriCool fan. This fan is connected to a three-speed fan controller on the rear of the chassis.

The front panel is easily the star of the show, a thick piece of aluminum and while that does add extra weight, it adds a lot more to the overall appeal. There’s a range of connectors on the front, covering all the basics, a nicely designed power button and a slim ODD drive bay (drive not included) with a flip down front, helping to maintain those clean front panel looks.

To the rear, you’ll find that three-speed fan controller, with room for another should you install an additional TriCool fan (sold separately). There’s a 3-pin power connector for the included power cable and of course, the motherboard I/O cut-out, with room for a half-width expansion card.

Antec S10 Full-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Antec, one of the most historic names in the chassis business, are set to take back the enthusiast market this year with the release of their new flagship chassis, the S10. The new chassis comes with a hefty price tag, an eyewatering $499/£399.99, which is a lot of money, no matter which way you look at it. Of course, the likes of InWin, Lian Li, Silverstone and Coolermaster, to name but a few, have proven that you can command these extreme price tags, so long as you deliver the quality and features to justify it.

“The full tower S10 is the flagship case of the Signature Series by Antec, a new family of chassis characterized by a patent pending internal architecture featuring an innovative Central Air Intake System and easy expandability with a striking, yet refined, exterior design. The exclusive Three Chamber Design separates the enclosure into three thermal zones, providing clear airflow paths and efficient cooling to all of your components quietly. Seven (7) pre-installed fans plus one optional fan mount combine with support for top, center, and rear radiators to showcase the ample cooling options available in the S10. Ten (10) PCI-E slots and fourteen (6 HDD, 8 SSD) tool-less drive bays make building a high-performance system a simple process. Finished with a smooth front bezel and Opposing Brushed Aluminum Doors, the S10 provides performance, security, and style for any computer system Elite builds start with the right chassis – the S10 Signature Series by Antec”

The S10 certainly packs a mean punch in terms of specifications, with 14 drive bays, room for mini-ITX and E-ATX motherboards, as well as all the sizes in between. Component compatibility isn’t an issue, the largest graphics cards, power supplies, CPU coolers and more shouldn’t have any issues here. There’s seven pre-installed fans, room for optional water cooling and much more.

  • 14 drive bays:
    6 x Quick Release tool-less 3.5″ Bays
    8 x Quick Release tool-less 2.5” Bays
  • Motherboard support:
    Mini ITX / Micro ATX / Standard ATX / XL-ATX/E-ATX (up to 12” x 13” ) 10 PCI expansion slots
  • Chamber dimensions:
    Hard Disk Drive Chamber: 5.51 in (W) x 7.87 in (D) x 18.11 in (H)
    Motherboard Chamber: 14.76 in (W) x 7.08 in (D) x 17.51 in (H)
    Power Supply Chamber: 15.15 in (W) x 8.07 in (D) x 4.01 in (H)
  • Maximum graphics card size:
    12.5” (317.5 mm)
  • Maximum CPU cooler height:
    6.5“ (165 mm)
  • Cooling System:
    2 x 140 mm top exhaust fans (Motherboard Chamber)
    3 x 120 mm intake fans (Motherboard Chamber)
    1 x 120 mm rear exhaust fan (Motherboard Chamber)
    1 x 120 mm exhaust fan (HDD Chamber)
    Optional – 1 x 120 intake fan (PSU Chamber)
  • Side Panels 4 mm thick Anodized, Brushed Finish Aluminum Doors
  • Water cooling support – Motherboard Chamber:
    Top: 240 / 280 mm radiator
    Center: 240 / 280 / 360 mm radiator
    Rear: 120 mm radiator
  • Intake Filters:
    1 x Central Intake
    1 x Hard Disk Drive Chamber Intake
    1 x Power Supply Chamber Intake
  • Front I/O ports:
    4 x USB 3.0
    Power Button
    HD Audio In and Out
  • Unit Dimensions:
    23.70” (H) x 9.05” (W) x 23.22” (D) / 602mm (H) x 230mm (W) x 590mm (D)
  • Package Dimensions:
    27.84 in (H) x 13.23 in (W) x 26.89 in (D) /
    707 mm (H) x 336mm (W) x 683mm (D)
  • Net Weight:
    39.05 lb / 17.71 kg
  • Gross Weight:
    45 lb / 20.4 kg

As a nice bonus, aside from the usual nuts and bolts, you’ll also find a bundle of extra long SATA cables included with the S10, which will help you fit your hardware in this rather sizable chassis.

Out of the box, first impressions are promising. The S10 has a rather overbearing presence and managed to look monolithic and sleek at the same time. The left side features a dual-door design, with two thick brushed aluminium hinged doors.

There’s a door release chip at the top, which I’m sorry to see is only made from plastic. It likely won’t break, but it does feel a little cheap, especially in contrast with the virtually bulletproof side panels.

There’s another clip near the button, which helps lock the central dust filter in place.

This filter is located between the smaller front door and the large main door. The main section of the chassis draws in air from this filtered vent, keeping airflow independent of the hard drive and PSU sections of the chassis; more on this shortly.

Around the back, another dual-door design, giving the S10 a rather nice symmetrical appearance. Here you can better see that ventilation gap between the front and main sections.

The side panels are immense. The thick aluminium is ultra strong and also pretty heavy, adding a stunning visual quality to the chassis overall.

The top of the chassis has plenty of ventilation, as well as some kind of top plastic cover. This cover looks terrible, there’s no other way of putting it and if I’m honest, I don’t fully understand its purpose.

Fortunately, it just lifts right off, that looks much better in my opinion.

The front panel has a shallow 5.25″ drive bay cover, this would be great for use with a card reader, fan controller or similar device. There’s a pair of HD audio jacks and four USB 3.0 posts (dual USB 3.0 headers inside chassis). It’s worth mentioning that the USB 3.0 headers also have break-off cables for USB 2.0 to ensure maximum compatibility with your system.

What is sad to see, is the tiny power button, it has a bit of a wobble with it and when given a little jiggle, it tends to jam like this. A little poke sorts it out again, but on a chassis of this price, the little details really matter.

The front panel looks stunning but is disappointingly just matte plastic. This is a stark contrast to the premium side panels and I’d have loved to see that aluminium trend continue around onto one of the parts of the chassis you’ll likely be seeing the most.

Despite the mixture of plastics on the top and front with the aluminium side panels, the chassis does manage a nice uniform look and the stealthy black finish is something to be admired.

There’s not much going on around the back, just a 120mm fan mount, a towering array of expansion slots and two water/cable routing grommets.

The PSU mount is self explanatory enough.

Below it, you’ll find a slide out PSU dust filter.

The hinged doors  on this chassis are mounted on pegs, so you can easily lift them off when you need to. Although, it is worth pointing out that there’s no locking system here, the doors are magnetically held shut, but that’s not going to stop sticky fingered individuals any time soon.

The base of the chassis is quite interesting, as the is mounted on a plinth, so the front and back look like they’re floating above the base, which is quite cool. The base is plastic and a little flexible, so I wouldn’t suggest using it as a gripping point when moving the chassis, but it feels sturdy enough when the chassis is upright. I also discovered, the hard way, that the lack of a locking system for the side panels resulted in the rear panel falling off while taking this picture, whoops.

Patriot, Luxa2 and Antec USB Battery Head-to-Head Review

Introduction


Smartphones, eBook readers, tablets, portable gaming devices and so much are vital to our daily lives. Ok perhaps not all the devices we use each day are vital, but they’re important to each user in their own way. One thing many of these devices, if not all of them, is that they run on batteries and these days you’ll find that most devices have a built-in battery that is charged via USB, or if you’re an Apple fan, a lightening cable. There’s nothing worse than being on a night out, away on a business trip, out camping, or even just relaxing at home, only to find out your battery is dying or has died. We’re not always within easy reach of a charging socket and carrying around the mains adaptor isn’t always the most practical solution. This is where mobile USB battery recharges come into play and today we’ve got three solutions to try out. The real question is, which one is best suited to your needs?

In the office today I have the Patriot Fuel+, the Antec Lifebar 10 and for something a little different, the Luxa2 PL1. Each of these is designed a little differently from each other, so let’s get right to it and see what they have to offer.

The PL1 was included in this test, as I loved the unique approach to its design. It doesn’t come in a leather pouch, it is the leather pouch.

The stitched design is really nice and it’s quite slim too, meaning it’s going to fit easily in your jacket pocket or handbag very easily. It’ll also look more stylish that a big hunk of plastic.

There’s a magnetic cover on one end, just flip it open and you’ll find the microUSB charging socket (in) and the standard USB charging socket (out). The PL1 is rated for 2800mAh.

The compact size is easy to hold in your hand and the overall quality feels very good.

The Fuel+ is a lot bigger than the Luxa2 device. It’s got a stylish white and red theme, but it’s quite clear that this is a big mobile battery. There’s a set of LED lights down the side to show you how much charge is remaining, as well as a master power button.

There are two charging ports on the Fuel+, a 2.5A and a 1A; perfect for charging a high power device such as an iPad, as well as a mobile phone at the same time.

The Fuel+ is rated at 900mAh.

It’s not very big overall, as you can still hold it in the palm of your hand, but it is quite thick, meaning it’s not going to be suitable to fit in your pocket.

The Antec Lifebar is the largest and the heaviest of the three devices and comes with a metal exterior that not only looks great but also makes the unit feel more durable than the others.

Like the Fuel+ it has two charging ports, a 2.1A and a 1A.

There’s a small power button on the end, which could be a little better in terms of quality if I’m honest, but there’s also an LED light that can be used a torch if you double tap the power button. There’s also four small LED lights above the charge (in) MicroUSB that show the current charge remaining.

The Lifebar is slim enough to hold in your hand, but it’s length and weight make it a little too much to keep in your pocket.

Antec Released P50 Window Whisper-Quiet Cube Chassis

Antec’s newest case is here and this time it is a cube-shaped chassis. The new Antec P50 Window features a two-compartment design and has room for a surprising amount of hardware despite it 312 x 260 x 330 mm size.

The two-compartment architecture allows for great airflow to your important components and prevents heat from one device to affect the rest as much. The PSU, Optical drive, and storage drives have their own compartment while the motherboard and add-in cards reside in the other.

The case comes with two 120mm and one 80mm fan included and has support for two more 80mm on the rear and two 120mm on the top for a total of seven fans. The case should still stay silent thanks to the dual-layer side panels made from Polycarbonate and that eliminates vibrations fro within the chassis.

The case is compatible with Micro ATX and Mini ITS motherboards and can hold graphics cards with a length of up to 300mm. A Multi-GPU setup isn’t a problem with that space and the four expansion slots at your disposal.

The CPU cooler has to stay below 130mm height, but most people will probably install a liquid cooling solution in a case like this and that’s no problem either as it supports up to two 240mm radiators at the top.

You can fit two 2.5-inch and three 3.5-inch drives into the case and you can do it tool-free. The front panel provides you with two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and the obligatory audio jacks.

 

The coloured mesh panels seen below are optional accessories that can brighten up the case and its surroundings. Available in four colors, these mesh panels will set you back £6.99  each.

 

 

Antec’s cube shaped Quiet Computing enclosure P50 Window is available now and should arrive at a shop near you very soon. It comes with an MSRP of £59.99 which isn’t bad at all.

Does The AMD Radeon Fury X Radiator Feature a Built-in Pump?

The AMD Radeon Fury X looks set to be a truly amazing graphics card and details just keep cropping up out of the blue. We first saw it on 3D Mark Fire Strike and everyone just went crazy. Soon after, the rumoured GPU was officially confirmed and we even came across some amazing pics of AMD’s monstrous Fury X, NVIDIA Titan X’s true competitor. But something was interesting when we took a closer look at them. Can you spot it?

I’ll give you a hint. It’s near the humongous radiator. Still having a hard time figuring out? Ok then, we will tell you. The key element that we thought was odd is the 3-pin connector which can be seen in the pics below. We even highlighted it for you this time.

So what could this mean? Well, our first thought and the best bet is that it could come with a built-in pump. And guess what? We have found what fan is pictured too!

It’s a Scythe 120mm fan, which makes it just 25mm thick. This means there is plenty of room for a pump in the middle of the radiator and lots of space for a reservoir at the base. Clever, but I think we’ve seen something similar in the past as well. And we did! Antec had a similar All-in-One (AIO) series as shown in the pic above, so this approach may be seen here on the Fury X radiator too. This means we are looking at a solid water cooling solution here, making the Fury X true GPU beast.

 

Images courtesy of GEARNUKE and Scythe

Antec Mobile Products @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Here we are once again at the Antec booth, checking out their great new range of AMP mobile products. Mobile is a big deal these days and for those who need great accessories on the go, AMP produce some of the best around. Battery life is the biggest issue for most of us, but AMP has a great range of mobile USB battery packs, life-extending battery phone cases, charging hubs and more.

Enjoy music on your phone? AMP seem to have a mobile speaker that is ideal for virtually any phone, person or place, with the added bonus that they look and sound great! We especially like their new WAV as it’s a nice at-home unit and great for quickly throwing on some music in the kitchen, or anywhere for that matter.

Finally, we have the pulse air headphones, which may be the slimmest over ear headphone I’ve ever seen! Unfortunately, I didn’t a chance to try them out, but we look forward to bringing you a full review of many of these products in the near future.

Antec VSP5000 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Antec has a long history of creating durable, competitive and affordable products. Of course, they also make high-end products, but it’s their budget ranges that have long dominated the market and that’s a trend Antec seem eager to continue with the release of their VSP5000. The new chassis has a big focus on silence, and it comes with sound dampening materials in the side panel, side intake vents, a sound blocking top panel, triple channel fan controllers and more! If you like a system that barely makes a whisper, this certainly “sounds” like the chassis for the job.

The Antec VSP5000 isn’t immediately striking as the most beautiful box in the world, but it’s certainly far from ugly. The left side panel has a raised section, which serves little to no purpose, but it does match the right side panel; a little symmetry never hurt anyone.

As I was saying, both the left and right side panels are of the same design. Of course, on the right side, this panel is more practical as its shape allows extra cable routing space behind the motherboard.

The front panel is neat and tidy, although admittedly nothing fancy. There’s an LED light strip at the top, although why this is included is beyond me, as those who want a silent build, likely aren’t too keen on a front panel light either; I personally never connect the power or HDD LED on my own chassis for this reason. On the top half, you will find 3 x 5.25″ drive bay covers, one of which has a 3.5″ pop-out.

From the top, there’s a slide lock for the top fan panel cover, two rubber routing grommets, a pre-installed 120mm exhaust fan and seven expansion slots. Unfortunately, the expansion slot covers are a snap-off design, but that’s not exactly uncommon in sub-£40 chassis.

The top panel features two pre-installed fans, which are slightly recessed behind the top panel cover. This cover also features a sound-proofing layer, albeit with cut-outs for the fans, to help reduce unwanted noise from the chassis.

The front panel is very well equipped, with three separate fan controllers, that feature both low and high settings, but most interesting of all, a stop function; you’re not going to get your fans any more silent than that! Also of interest, the USB and HD audio jacks have rubber caps, which helps keep debris out.

Latest Antec Products @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Antec are off to a great start at this years show, not only because they rocked up with their incredible S10 super chassis, but also a whole host of great looking products. Their P50 window edition is another welcome entry to the cube-style micro-ATX market, perfect for a compact water cooled gaming system.

The GX300 is nothing new, but it’s a solid mid-tower and a great budget friendly gaming chassis.

The GX900 is one of the most aggressive mid-towers I’ve seen in a while. It’s perfect for those who want that military style to their build.

The latest range of PSUs look promising too, especially the DTI1250, which offers 80 Plus Titanium, fully modular cables, a 7 Year warranty and more!

We’ve got lots more to bring you from this weeks show, so stay tuned for more!

Antec S10 @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015: Antec has really pushed the boat out for their latest chassis, putting them right back on the high-end enthusiast chassis map. The S10 is a behemoth of aluminium construction, with a dual side panel door design, a unique angular side panel design, the option for tempered glass panels and a whole lot more. The downside, this chassis will set you back £499 when it hits retail this year, not cheap, but it looks like it’ll be worth it.

This isn’t just one of the best chassis Antec have ever made, it may very well be one of the nicest looking chassis I’ve ever seen! We look forward to brining you more information shortly and you can expect a full review when we get back to the UK.

 

Antec Presents the Signature Series S10 Chassis

Antec presented their newest chassis, and it is a large beauty. The Signature Series S10 is an extravagant premium tower and the first product of the all-new Signature series that is meant to take the computer housings market by storm.

The Signature S10 is made from high-class materials like brushed aluminium for the side panels and is built around a three-chamber setup for the best heat management.

“We engaged with Astro to help us create a living, functional piece of art,” says Antec General Manager Frank Lee. “The Signature Series is meant to be an inspiration for creation. Every computer can be a foundation to create the most insightful technologies and beautiful works of art, and we felt the series should embody that spirit.”


Antec chose a three-chamber design to not only provide you with the best heat management, but also cool your components with a minimum of noise.

There are exclusive compartments for your drives, the power supply and the mainboard to prevent the single components from heating up each other.

Dust has to be kept out, so Antec also equipped each compartment with fine-meshed and washable air filters.

The Signature S10 is a large chassis and also has room for a lot of cooling. You can mount a total of seven fans in the chassis: two 140mm and four 120mm fans in the motherboard compartment and one 120mm in the drive cage. Additionally you can install a 120mm fan to help aid the PSU.

Fans are easily mounted thanks to the removable mounting brackets and liquid cooling isn’t a problem either with support for 120mm, 280mm and 360mm radiators.

Top gaming and workstation builds aren’t a problem with easy support for up to four graphics cards in SLI-mode. There is plenty of cooling to handle it and enough space to accommodate it with the 10 expansion slots.

There is no shortage of drive slots either. You can mount up to eight 2.5-inch SSDs und six 3.5-inch HDDs in the Signature S10. Motherboards support is just as wide as the chassis is high, letting you chose between SSI CEB, E-ATX, ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ATX boards.

The I/O panel at the top of the housing is equipped with four USB 3.0 ports to guarantee highest transmission rates to and from external devices. A shortened 5.25” chamber is available to additionally install controls for the ventilating fans, a card reader or other devices.

Setup is an easy thing here. The oversized CPU opening is 219mm x 149mm and it grants easy access for installing additional high-class heat sinks. The chambers for the drives have all been treated with silicon to neutralise vibrations and the installation of a hard disk is a matter of minutes and does not need any tools at all.

Availability is set for July 2015 and the MSRP is set to £399.99 incl. VAT. That’s not cheap, but you also get one of the greatest looking chassis with a ton of clever features and plenty of room for even the most advanced systems.

Antec Release Teaser Trailer – Can You Guess What It Is?

Computex 2015 is incredibly close now, so it’s no surprise that manufacturers are beginning to tease us with their latest wares. Antec has just released the trailer below, teasing us with a sneaky peak at their latest product, but of course, they’re being coy about what it actually is.

It certainly looks like something big, but looks can be deceiving. Antec are known to make power supplies, coolers and chassis, to name but a few of their products, so it really could be anything. Have a look at the video below and let us know what you think it could be!

The only information Antec has provided is on the YouTube page, where it reads “It’s coming in June…” so no doubt we’ll be able to see it at Computex. We’ve already got a meeting to see Antec at the show, so you can bet we’ll be there bright and early with our cameras to see what all the fuss is about, so stay tuned!

Antec Smartbean Bluetooth Receiver Review

Introduction


We love reviewing big, expensive and high-end hardware, but sometimes, it’s nice to stop and appreciate the smaller things in the technology world. Today, we’re reviewing the tiny Antec Smartbean, a humble connectivity device that will allow you to pair up a Bluetooth compatible device, with any 3.5mm jack input, such as those found on your PC, speakers, in your car, your headphones and many other devices.

“The SmartBean Bluetooth Receiver by Antec Mobile Products [AMP] makes almost any device Bluetooth ready. Designed to free you from wires and tangled cables, the SmartBean is an ultra lightweight Bluetooth Receiver with Built In Microphone that provides Bluetooth connectivity at the touch of a button. The SmartBean’s 3.5mm standard audio jack is compatible with most headphones, speakers, home stereo systems and automotive auxiliary inputs (using the included connector). Simply plug in the SmartBean, pair it to your favorite Bluetooth Device, and in an instant you’ll have hands free music and calls. Perfect for cars, computers, or any other device you want to make Bluetooth Ready.”

While not the most exciting sound device ever, it does have a lot of potential. For example, my car has a line-in, but it doesn’t have built-in Bluetooth and this is a much cheaper, plug-and-play ready solution to add that functionality to it, without replacing the entire stereo system.

  • Charging Time : 2.5 hours (DC 5V)
  • Standby Time : 130 hours
  • Talk time : 6 hours

A neat and tidy box, giving us a sneaky peak at the device.

Around the back we can see it’s Bluetooth 3.0 compatible, has a range of 10m, a 130 standby time and 6 hours worth of talk time, impressive!

In the box, you’ll find the Smartbean, a male to male 3.5mm jack cable and a microUSB cable for charging the device.

It’s a very simple, yet functional design. All the major controls are on the top for skipping through songs, adjusting volume, play pause, which will also work for answering and ending phone calls. On the bottom edge, you’ll find the microUSB charging port.

On the right side, you’ll find a pin hole microphone and the 3.5mm output.

As I said before, the Smarbean is a tiny device, small enough that you could wear it clipped onto your shirt if you really needed to.

There’s even a handy clip on the back to help you mount it where you need it most.

The jack plug is very study, so you could easily keep the controller within reach of the jack-plug; this is especially handy if you’re mounting it in the car, or on the front of your computer.

Upgrade Your System With Antec Competition Winner!

It’s competition winner time again! With our Antec competition now at an end, we get to pick one lucky winner to receive a cool update bundle. The winner will be getting a new chassis, power supply and an AIO water cooler!

A massive thank you to Antec for providing us with these prizes and thank you to everyone who entered. Join us in saying congratulations to the lucky winner!

So the question you’re dying to ask…

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Antec ISK 110 90w Mini-ITX VESA Compatible Chassis Review

Introduction


The Antec ISK series has long been a favorite of mine. Sure we sometimes need high-end full towers, capable of housing epic gaming systems, but there’s a high demand for compact and efficient systems in the home and the office; something the ISK series is well suited to. The model we’re looking at today certainly is targeted more at the professional market, with many applications from digital signage and office systems, but there’s certainly no reason why you wouldn’t find a use for a chassis like this as a HTPC, space-saving system or more.

As you can see, the ISK110 comes equipped with a nice little bundle of screws, but more importantly, an external power supply adaptor. The ISK110 is capable of powering a system of up to 90w, which may not sound a lot, but given the low power requirements of 2.5″ drives and modern processors such as Haswell, it’s a lot more than it sounds; this is especially true given that this chassis will not house a graphics card.

Given the compact nature of the chassis, this is all the power cables you’ll need on the interior. A single cable attached to the PSU PCB on the interior of the chassis, as has your standard motherboard and CPU power cables, as well as a couple of SATA connectors and a single MOLEX.

Also included in the box, you’ll find this metal VESA mount, giving you the option to fit the entire chassis onto the back of a VESA-compatible display; this could save you a lot of space on your desktop.

Further mounting options are provided via this lovely vertical mount, which provides a stable base for the chassis should you want to stand it upright on its side.

It’s got a few rubber grips on the base and just like the VESA mount, it simply clips onto the base of the chassis.

The chassis its self is nice and compact. Overall, it’s not much bigger than a mini-ITX motherboard and not that much thicker either; there should be just enough room for a low-profile CPU cooler in here.

There’s loads of ventilation in the top section and a little extra on the base to help keep things cool.

The front panel is nicely equipped with four USB 2.0 ports, HD audio jacks, two LED indicators and, of course, the power button.

Around the back, there’s a snap-off mini-ITX cover and a small power port. You’ll also notice two screws in the top panel and two more in the bottom, these are all that is needed to remove either panel.

The base and top section of the chassis, or the left and right side depending on your chosen orientation, has a little more ventilation. There’s also some holes to mount the VESA or vertical mount on the left/bottom side.

Gigabyte’s Charity Raffle During i54 Made £1700 for Zoё’s Place

Gigabyte, together with other big hardware players such as Antec, Kingston HyperX, AOC, and Tesoro, hosted a big charity raffle during Insomnia 54 in Coventry. The deal was, you buy a ticket for the raffle and in return had a chance to win some great hardware such as AOC monitors, HyperX SSDs, Antec cases, Tesoro keyboards, and also Gigabyte motherboards and BRIX projectors. The best of all was, all the proceeds from the raffle would go to Zoë’s Place, a baby hospice in Coventry.

The raffle was a big success, actually there were two of them, one on Friday and one on Saturday of the event. The counting is done and Gigabyte could hand over a check for £1700 to Zoë’s Place.

Zoë’s place is a baby hospice that provides palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. There couldn’t be a much worthier cause for donating, and the Insomnia gamers thought so too.

Gigabyte also promised to be back again with a new Raffle at the next Insomnia event, i55. Let us hope that it will be at least as successful as this one and that it will raise even more money.

Antec X-1 Xbox One Cooler Review

Introduction


When it comes to our desktop computers, cooling is a critical component to system stability and longevity. A CPU that gets too hot can become damaged, cause crashes or cause the system to shut down to help prevent extreme damage to your hardware; this is why we install CPU coolers.

Games consoles are not exempt from these issues either, we obviously have a cooler in there already that was chosen by the hardware manufacturer, but in some circumstances, it’s not always enough. Xbox 360 was a lot more prone to overheating than the Xbox One, but that’s not to say that having extra cooling can’t be beneficial to the life of the console.

A cooler console may have a longer lifespan, it may also run quieter and of course, there are situations where you actively need extra cooling. If you have your console in a compact space, with limited airflow, or you have a particular warm environment, be that from the weather, or you like to blast your central heating all night long; one way or another, you may need or want extra cooling.

The Antec X-1 cooler does exactly what you would expect, offering extra cooling for your Xbox One, so let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

In the box you get the cooling unit, as well as a USB to Micro-USB cable to provide it with power.

The front panel has been given a glossy finish, that matches up with the Xbox One finish perfectly, allowing the unit to blend into its surroundings.

The top panel has a soft-touch rubber like finish, giving it a stealthy appearance and one that is easy to maintain; the grippy coating is a handy place to store your controller or headset.

The sides of the cooler are cut away a little to allow airflow in and out of the top of the console. The whole unit is designed to simply sit on the top of the right side of the console, no tools needed to install it.

Around the back, you’ll find even more ventilation, the Micro-USB in (for power) and a USB out. As the X-1 takes up a single USB port from your console, the full-size USB port here can still be used by any other devices, so you don’t actually lose the use of a port; handy!

In the corner, there’s a small display for temperature readout, helping you keep track of the coolers performance.

On the underside, you’ll find four grippy rubber feet that will help hold the cooler firmly in place, as well as the very obviously blower type fan.

The fan is designed to pull air up through the Xbox One and blow it out the back of the cooler, away from the console.

Upgrade Your System With Antec Competition [US Only]

It’s that awesome time of the week again, as we prepare to bring you an incredible competition courtesy of our friends at Antec US. We’ve got a great prize bundle to give away to one lucky winner, where they’ll receive a new chassis, water cooler and PSU to upgrade their system, or even to use as the basis of a new system altogether, it’s really up to you!

To make things even better, we’ve also got three other prizes to giveaway, with more of the prizes becoming available based on how many entries we receive. The more of you enter, the better your chances of winning! If we pass 600 entries, we’ll be giving away all four prizes to four lucky winners.

We recently reviewed the GX300, which you can read here. It’s a great chassis and the addition of a new water cooler and the stylish new Edge PSU, would be a great addition to anyone’s setup.

1st Prize

  • Antec GX300 Chassis (Black) – $39.99
  • Antec Kuhler 950 AIO Water Cooler – $99.99
  • Antec Edge 650 PSU – $129.95

2nd Prize – Unlocked After 200 entries

  • Antec GX300 Chassis (Black) – $39.99

3rd Prize – Unlocked After 400 Entries

  • Antec Kuhler 950 AIO Water Cooler – $99.99

4th Prize – Unlocked After 600 Entries

Be sure to like the official Antec Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages to stay up to date with all the latest product news, competitions and much more.

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Antec Expands Mobile Powerbank Line-Up

If you’ve ever found yourself outside the reach of an electrical outlet while your smartphone’s battery is running out, then you’ll know the advantages of having a powerbank in your pockets. Antec is mostly known for their chassis and power supply units, but they also have a list of mobile products and that a.m.p line of units just got three more siblings. The three new units consists of the PowerUp Slim 2200, the LifeBar 10 with 10,000mAh,  and the ultra-compact multitasking powerbank LifeCard.

The biggest of the three is clearly the LifeBar 10 with an incredible 10,000 mAh of backup power, enough to charge several devices a couple of times. That amount of power provides up to 33 additional speaking hours or 53 hours of surfing the internet from your smartphone. With two USB ports, you can charge several devices at once and it might even be faster than your other charger due to its dual 1A-2A USB ports for up to four times quicker charging. The housing is made of brushed aluminium for elegance, portability, and stability. The four-level LED on the top will show the current charging status of the powerbank and it even comes with a torch light at the bottom side.

If 10,000 mAh should be way more than you need, then the more average PowerUp Slim 2200 might be just right for you. It has a storage capacity for 2,200 mAh and comes with two 1A-USB ports for ultra-fast recharging. The slim design and small measurements of just 105 x 68 x 10.8 mm make it highly portable and it fits into almost any pocket. You can also charge two devices simultaneous with this powerbank and thanks to overcharging protection, discharging protection, protection from short circuits (SCP), overvoltage protection (OCP) overheating protection (OTP), the PowerUp Slim 2200 is an always reliable charging device.

The Antec PowerUp Slim 2200 is available in blue, green and silver, to match your preferred colour choice. The LED bar on the top will show you the charging status and it automatically switches off when not in use.

The previous two powerbanks were pretty normal in the way that they’re just powerbanks. But Antec’s LifeCard takes it one step further as a multitasker. It is only 6mm thick and weighs only 49gram, yet it still packs a lithium-polymer battery with 2,000mAh to charge your smartphone and other devices. Two exchangeable silicon ribbons allow the comfortable storage of multiple credit or banking cards, and also cash as shown in the image below.

The LifeCard has a 1A USB port for short charging times and the ultra-slim design as well as the Unibody-housing made of aluminium give the LifeCard both elegance and sturdiness.

The PowerUp Slim 2200 is available at a suggested retail price of £19.99. The LifeBar 10 is priced £29.99 and the LifeCard is available for £16.99.

Antec Reveals Its Sound-Dampened VSP-5000 Case Solution

Antec announced the VSP-5000, an entry-level case for gamers, which offers a silent solution at the best price-performance ratio. It is said that the VSP-5000 comes with exceptional sound-dampening properties and top-notch performance, having both panels crafted from sound deadening high-density Polycarbonate, while a fan cover sealing the top panel reduces any chance of system sound leakage.

In order to provide an efficient ventilation for components inside, three 120mm fans are provided, two of which are at the top and one at the rear. If that is not enough, two additional fans can be mounted at the front of the case. All fans are controlled via three fan controls, offering two speed settings each in order to achieve the best balance between high performance and quiet environment.

The VSP-5000 in also equipped with seven expansion slots and two bays for optical drives. It consists of a 3.5″ bay, four HDD rail mounds and a dedicated SSD bay. In terms of motherboard compatibility, the VSP-5000 can accommodate Standard ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX boards. The case also offers a lot of space for graphic card solutions, users being able to fit almost any graphics card with a length of up to 380mm.

There is also ample space for big high-performance CPU coolers as well, giving the user a 158mm space to fit any CPU cooling solution, while also providing additional space for the cooler to operate at optimum performance. In addition to the latter, the VSP-5000’s top-mounted high-end I/O panel ensures maximum comfort and adds two extra easily accessible USB 3.0 solutions aside from the fan control unit.

The VSP-5000 is currently available at select retailers for a recommended price of £44.99 including VAT.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

New Antec Products on Display at CeBIT 2015

Antec have quickly shot to fame again recently with the launch of their stunning P380 chassis and it looks like they’re set to keep delivering great products throughout 2015! First up, we have their new P50 Window edition, which is the latest addition to the booming cube-style chassis market; it features room for two 240mm radiators.

The GX500 does look a little plastic heavy, but it’s well finished and has great ventilation that would make it a prime choice for a low-to-mid budget gaming build. What I really like about it, is the dual fan control switches on the top, which will help you tune your acoustic and cooling performance with ease.

The GX505 looks like a strong contender for our eTeknix Bang for Buck award, it’s packed full of features and promises to be very affordable once released.

This is easily one of my favourite chassis of CeBIT! it’s a standard mini-ITX style chassis, which will require the use of a low-profile cooler, but it’s still got room for an optical drive, plenty of storage, great front panel connectivity and most importantly of all, that incredible thick aluminium front panel; this could be a great solution for a HTPC.

The ISK 600M, for those who need a much more powerful HTPC/Steambox style system.

Last, but by no means least, the VSP 5000, which features a silent design and triple fan control switches on the top, giving you great flexibility over your systems air intake and outtake, as well as the noise levels of your system.

We’ve already arranged to have these new chassis in for review and will update you on release dates, prices and more as soon as we have the information.

Antec GX300 Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Antec is one of the most recognisable names in the chassis industry. They’ve been around longer than I remember, long enough that my first self-built system used an Antec chassis. With that in mind, I’m very happy to see another Antec product in the eTeknix office today – the GX300 mid-tower.

The GX300 is designed for gaming systems and it comes equipped with all the features you would expect from a good mid-budget gaming chassis. You’ve got a large side panel window to show off your system, room for multiple graphics cards, loads of storage and a slightly aggressive exterior design that should no doubt appeal to a lot of gamers.

It’s also available in a range of colours to best suit your needs/taste and while we have the black model in for review, you can also get it in white with black trim, or orange with black trim.

As you can see, we’ve got a huge side panel window on the left of the chassis, as well as a small GX300 badge in the bottom right corner. The window has a very strong tint to it, so it may be hard to see your system, unless you have a GPU or other hardware that lights up.

The right side panel has a large raised section, this will provide us with a lot of extra space behind the motherboard for cable management.

The front panel has a rather unique design and while there is a lot of plastic here, it’s still very nicely finished overall. There’s plenty of ventilation at the front, which should provide any front-mounted cooling with the airflow that it needs.

Around the back, a pre-installed 120mm fan and seven reusable ventilated expansion slot covers; more than enough slots for a multi-GPU configuration.

There’s a large air filter/vent on the top of the chassis, which is perfect for any top-mounted fans.

Towards the front, you will find a recessed section that can be used to store spare flash pens, screw, coins that you found in your pocket – whatever really. There’s a slider for the built-in fan controller on the right, a pair of HD audio jacks, a really nicely designed power button and the usual USB ports. What is strange is that one of the USB ports doesn’t exist, there’s just a plastic filler.

On the base of the chassis, you’ll find a durable set of stands with firm rubber grips on the base. These feet provide the GX300 with good ground clearance, so airflow to the PSU mount at the back should be pretty good. There’s a clip-in mesh filter for the PSU, which isn’t the best, but certainly better than no filter at all.