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CES 2011 Coverage

Bosco    -   January 7, 2011
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Antec

There wasn't much new stuff from Antec since our last visit at Computex, but Marketing Manager Christoph Katzer was nice enough to show us around once again. The company was showing off its new water cooling system, a few new versions and revisions to some popular cases, and a new sound system from its sub-brand, Soundscience.

Antec's new Kuhler H2O 920 and H20 620 are closed-system watercooling units for your CPU. What makes these units unique is that the pump is actually inside the water block itself. You can see a picture of the 920 below, along with the radiator in the second photo. In the first photo, you may also notice the rather unique fan above it. That's Antec's Spot Cool, a three-speed blue-LED fan that can be mounted on any motherboard mounting hole, and angled in any direction you desire. It's perfect for cooling your RAM, or even providing some extra cooling for your video card(s) or hard drives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up were the cases, starting with the Sonata IV. The Sonata IV features a newly designed interior, which includes a 620 watt power supply featuring a 120mm fan, three external 5.25" drive bays, four internal 3.5" drive bays, and one internal 2.5" drive bay. It also features seven expansion slots and one rear 120mm TriCool 3-speed exhaust fan. The main changes are the addition of a front USB 3.0 port (accompanying two USB 2.0 ports and audio in and out) and side grilles for air flow instead of the usual front ones.

 

 

Next up was the Antec One Hundred gaming case featuring a sleek painted black interior, perforated front bezel and a large CPU cut-out for easy installation of CPU coolers. The One Hundred has three external 5.25" drive bays, six internal 3.5" drive bays, and one internal bottom-mounted 2.5" drive bay, as well as eight expansion slots. It includes one 140mm TwoCool fan up top, a 120mm TwoCool fan at the back and room for two optional 120mm fans in the front and a third on the side. The front I/O panel includes four USB 2.0 ports and audio in and out.

 

 

Antec is also updating its Six Hundred and Nine Hundred Two gaming cases. The latter features a black interior like the One Hundred, but contains a USB 3.0 port in the front. Aside from the addition of a USB 3.0 port on the 902, both cases now feature a large CPU cutout to make installation of a heat sink even easier, as well as cable routing holes and more space behind the motherboard for cable management.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, we had a look at the Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 speaker system. The satellite speakers are 25 watts apiece with a 100 watt subwoofer and maximum sound pressure level (SPL) of 95 dB. For inputs you have 3.5mm, RCA and optical. Unfortunately, the remote control is tethered (see last photo), as its original intention was more for PC use, rather than a home theater system. The ~$250 price tag, however, is more in line with home theater systems than PC speaker systems.

 

 




  1. Pre-CES Part 1: Introduction & Corsair Press Event
  2. Pre-CES Part 2: Sapphire
  3. Pre-CES Part 3: Gigabyte Press Event
  4. CES Day 1 Part 1: Sennheiser
  5. CES Day 1 Part 2: Antec
  6. CES Day 1 Part 3: IN WIN
  7. CES Day 1 Part 4: LG Electronics
  8. CES Day 1 Part 5: LG Electronics (Continued)
  9. CES Day 1 Part 6: Samsung
  10. CES Day 1 Part 7: Corsair
  11. CES Day 1 Part 8: The CA Technologies Race
  12. CES Day 1 Part 9: The CA Technologies Race (Continued)
  13. CES Day 1 Part 10: MSI MOA 2011 Americas Finals
  14. CES Day 1 Part 11: MSI MOA 2011 Americas Finals (Continued)
  15. CES Day 2 Part 1: MSI
  16. CES Day 2 Part 2: MSI (Continued)
  17. CES Day 2 Part 3: Sony
  18. CES Day 2 Part 4: Zotac
  19. CES Day 2 Part 5: Mushkin
  20. CES Day 2 Part 6: Patriot Memory
  21. CES Day 2 Part 7: OCZ Technology
  22. CES Day 2 Part 8: Advanced Micro Devices
  23. CES Day 2 Part 9: Palit
  24. CES Day 3 Part 1: Creative Labs
  25. CES Day 3 Part 2: Shuttle
  26. CES Day 3 Part 3: NVIDIA
  27. CES Day 3 Part 4: PowerColor
  28. CES Day 3 Part 5: Razer
  29. CES Day 3 Part 6: Razer (Continued)
  30. CES Day 3 Part 7: Super Talent
  31. CES Day 3 Part 8: SD Association, Supermicro, Mad Catz, NEC
  32. CES Day 3 Part 9: Thermaltake
  33. CES Day 3 Part 10: Thermaltake (Continued)
  34. CES Day 3 Part 11: CyberPower PC
  35. CES Day 3 Part 12: Cooler Master
  36. CES Day 3 Part 13: Cooler Master (Continued)
  37. CES Extras: Cooler Master Party
  38. CES Extras: Bartenders, Sharp i3 Wall, Magician
  39. CES Extras: Convention Center, Counter-Strike 1.6 vs. EG.n0thing
  40. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 1
  41. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 2
  42. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 3
  43. CES Extras: Booth Babes Part 4
  44. CES Extras: Booth Babes with Staff
  45. CES Final Thoughts
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