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Antec New Cases - Sonata and Lanboy - Antec Sonata Features - Internal

Antec are a company who have been turning many heads over the past couple years with the selection of affordable and quality computer cases and power supply products. We've got two of Antec's latest ATX mini tower cases in the labs, the ultra-stylish Sonata and light-weight Lanboy ideal for those who frequent LAN parties. Follow Shawn "Toxic" Baker has he gives his impressios on both of Antec's newest cases!

| Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 13, 2003 4:00 am

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When you open the case you notice the wad of cables included, most of them are from the power supply, you also have your normal cables that go into your motherboard so you can turn your computer on and off and etc, also included are the cables for the front access ports including audio in, audio out, firewire and USB cables. Finally the last cable you will notice is the one hanging off the 120mm fan at the rear; this is a simple molex connector to power the fan and will be plugged straight into the power supply.

 

 

We have had the chance to have a look at two power supplies that Antec have had on offer in the past, both scoring a very high 9.5 each. Antec have built a very good reputation when it comes to power supplies, they are able to build a quality unit without having to place a high price tag like other companies. Since the whole case revolves around silence it is obvious that Antec will install one of the quiet power supplies they have on offer, this unit is known as the True380S. Giving a very high 380watts of power, you won't have a problem running all of your components on this beast.

 

 

Hard drives are simply slid and locked into position with great ease, having a closer look at the features and hard drive caddies you notice the first extra that helps make this case silent. When sliding the hard drive in, you're placing it on top of 4 rubber feet, this helps absorb any vibration noise that the drives create. If you have a hard drive that moves more then others, vibration can cause the whole case to rattle and overall this can result in quite a bit of noise. This is just one of those extra features that Antec have offered to help keep a truly silent system.

 

 

As stated before Antec have chosen to include a 120mm fan, some people may quickly come to the conclusion that this is louder due to the fact that it's bigger, it is actually the total opposite. By offering a bigger fan, Antec are able to push the same amount of air as a 80mm fan at a lower speed. The best way to look at it is as follows: Three fans all pushing 30 Cubic Feat of Air a Minute (or CFM), one is a 60mm the others an 80mm and a 120mm. The 60mm has to spin faster then the other two to push that same amount of air, due to it spinning faster it produces more noise, the 80mm would be quieter due to its bigger blades not having to spin as fast. Finely the 120mm would be the quietest due to its bigger fins again, of course you can get fan bigger then 120mm but including them in cases with ease isn't possible so 120mm is considered the maximum common used fan size. Instead of using screws to insert the fan little rubber push screws are used, this again helps absorb any vibration that can occur and makes installation that little bit easier.

 

 

CD ROM drives also use the new screw less method that has been offered for a while, this of course makes it easier to install and remove your drives. This method was implemented a while ago with some of the earlier cases on the market and a lot of companies have decided to follow it, this overall makes an easier installation for most people, the only screws you will use is for your motherboard and AGP/PCI cards along with the case side panel.

 

One of the only unfortunate things that Antec have not included is the removable motherboard tray. This feature is very handy for some people and was used earlier with Aopen full towers, since then companies like Lian Li have been able to perfect the removable motherboard tray making it a lot easier for people to install new components. Most people won't find this a problem as once they have finished installing all there components they won't go back inside it for another six months or thereabouts.

 

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