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Antec Micro Fusion 350 Review

RHKCommander959    -   October 22, 2008
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Closer Look

Once inside, I found that there is neoprene along the top of the edges inside the case, and a support bracket reaches over the motherboard area – no doubt adding to the feel of the sturdy top. The power supply cables seem long enough to reach most motherboard connections, as I had several inches of slack. Also, the wires were not sleeved, but were coated in a thick, flexible insulation that felt like a good quality material. There are also reusable ties to help keep the wires managed, although I found everything to still get a little cluttered from all the excess. However, everything still fit with room to spare, but one fan did get close to the wires. The 5.25” drive bay slides out easily, with no tools required, as it snaps into place and fits my Asus DVD-ROM well. The bay should be removed to ease the access to the front panel wires, and also to install a drive. There are also four expansion slots, but  as already mentioned, they are low profile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underneath the drive bay, I found the front panel audio (which had both high-definition and AC ’97 audio connectors), the front USB headers, SATA to eSATA cable, and restart/power button headers. The blue cables attach directly to the motherboard and the red power cable plugs into the LCD panel. Also included is a USB to 4-pin USB header cable, which is required for the LCD/IR to operate.

 

 

 

Installation was rather straightforward, and the manual was there to pick me up along the way. Patience is key, as it was a breeze to install the components when I didn’t rush it. The confines of a small case like this require a more careful hand – although the edges are rounded so you won’t likely get cut! The only difficult part is dealing with the power supply wires. While Antec provides some cable wraps inside the case to help, they do not completely alleviate the problem. In the second picture are the motherboard and LCD power connectors. Two black and one white cable tie are all that are available for cable management. Neoprene was also included near the power supply vent to allow for a better seal with the fan - helping keep the power supply cool with fresh air.

 

 

 

 

The power supply provided appears to be built well for a 350 watt. The heat sinks are as large as some found in power supplies that claim to deliver a higher output. The fan used is an ADDA DC Brushless model ad0812hb-d70, 12V by 0.18A 80mm x15mm fan, with 29.9cfm airflow. The impeller is narrower and straighter than most 80mm fans. The three case fans are Antec TriCool fans with three variable speed settings, adjustable by switches connected to each fan:

Fan Specifications
Low
Medium
High
RPM
1500
2000
2600
Input Current
0.1A
0.15A
0.2A
Airflow
20 CFM
26 CFM
34 CFM
Acoustical Noise
18.05 dBA
24.3 dBA
30 dBA

 

 

 

 

 

The LCD/IR Panel must be removed to install a hard drive into the 3.5" hard drive bay. To remove the panel, you must squeeze the latches together, and pull up on the tab. There is also a screw that bolts the hard drive rack to the chassis, and a handle to pull the rack out with. The rack also uses rubber grommets to absorb any vibration the hard drive could emit. The panel hooks up to the power supply with the three-wired connection, the motherboard with the USB, and the two-wired cord to the motherboard power-on pins. From the front USB panel, the power cable plugs into the open pins located on the LCD Panel.

 

 

 

 

The included remote is petite, but works well from a far distance. It has a power switch to turn the computer on or off, and all of the other buttons are programmable, although they already work well with MCE. A 3v CR2025 battery is included with the remote, and is inserted into a sliding tray in the back.

 

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case)
  3. Closer Look (Working components)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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