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Tuesday, 13 January 2009
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Antec P1000 Details

Antec had plenty of products to show us at their off-site presentation inside the Wynn hotel, with the Antec P1000 computer case capturing our attention from the very start. Although this is an early pre-production prototype of the gaming enclosure they hope to soon market, I was told that many of the features seen here will be found on the final retail product. Overall, what consumers can expect is a full-tower ATX computer chassis with more than a few industry-first innovations. Antec has also started to market a series of special power supply unit products geared towards the P1000. One particular model is their CP-850, which is an extended form-factor power supply intended to offer silent yet cool and efficient computing.

The P1000 can house a standard (or extended) ATX power supply unit, but Antec is really working hard to pair the P1000 chassis to the CP-850 PSU. Not only is the CP-850 a 1.5x height power supply which will fit the oversize bay, it is also one of the few units that will be designed to integrate with the central power distribution block and wiring looms (similar to the Ultra m998 ULT40069). I am not particularly impressed with oversize power supply units, especially when equally silent versions are available in standard ATX form factor, but time will tell which way Antec goes with this design.

Similar to the P180/P182 series, the power supply resides in a nearly-sealed chamber. This isolates thermal radiation, but it also channels airflow directly through the storage drives (first) and then the PSU (last). With a fan positioned in front of the drive bay cage, there won't be a repeat of the pesky middle fan that would often cramp PSU cables.

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Two particular features jumped out at me when I inspected the P1000. The first standout item was integrated fan speed control dials. At the lower-right corner of each fan was a small pencil-eraser sized knob for changing the fan speed. The old design, which I will admit was far from ideal, featured wires and tethered control blocks. The new design save a lot of clutter, and makes each fan tunable directly from the exterior of the computer case.

The second item was the lack of a CPU cooler motherboard tray knock-out for mounting the unit without removing all of the hardware. When I explained that the Cooler Master ATCS 840 owes a portion of its success to this feature, Mr. Liu exclaimed that not many people change their CPU cooler after building the computer. I politely argued that the very person who buys a case like the P1000 will be the person who also changes hardware more frequently than the average casual computer user. This is why we are referred to as enthusiasts, and why Antec will keep selling products.

In the end, there's no telling what to expect from Antec. I concede that they rule the industry, but not before wondering how they've done it. They make good products, but not enough to keep a repeat consumer base coming back. Perhaps the P1000 is exactly what they need.

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