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Antec Fusion Black 430 Media Center Case & A/V Cooler Review

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Closer Look:

The Case:

The case is made of steel with an aluminum faceplate, so it’s not the lightest case on the market. On the front of the case you’ll notice a small LCD screen, a volume knob, power button, reset button, two USB ports, a firewire port, headphone jack, and microphone jack. I think the case looks extremely slick and in a way it does look like a receiver. The case shows fingerprints easily, which is evident in the pictures.




On the right side of the case you’ll find two 120mm exhaust fans. The left side of the case has vents to allow the heat to dissipate from the power supply. Also, notice the vent on top of the case which allows heat to disperse from the middle of the case.



The back of the case is where you’ll be able to see the four expansion slots, power supply, motherboard I/O plate, and an optional 80mm fan grill. The bottom of the case has vents right below where the hard drives sit, which is ideal because hard drives can generate loads of heat. The rubber feet are very firm and really stick to whatever surface they’re on, so I was impressed with that.



Working Components:

Once you remove the top of the case, you’ll notice how the case has three compartments. There is the main compartment for the motherboard, a compartment near the front for hard drives, the side compartment for the power supply and CD/DVD ROM drives.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Case & Working Components)
  3. Closer Look (Working Components Cont.)
  4. Closer Look (Power Supply)
  5. Closer Look (A/V Cooler)
  6. Installation
  7. Installation (A/V Cooler)
  8. Configuration
  9. Specifications & Features
  10. Testing
  11. Testing (Motherboard, CPU & Case Temperatures)
  12. Conclusion
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