|Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX Desktop Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Servando Silva|
|Sunday, 16 May 2010|
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Antec ISK 310-150
If you´re looking for a Mini-ITX case for your new "high-efficiency" platform the Antec ISK 310-150 might be the right product for your needs. In 2009, some Mini-ITX motherboards were launched based on the Intel Atom platform. Antec quickly response was the ISK 300-65. At this moment, many other brands like Zotac, ECS, ASUS or even ASRock have taken the Mini-ITX market and expanded it to make the HTPCs powerful and affordable. There was still a limiting since many products offered low power PSUs (65 watts is simply not enough). If you want a Mini-ITX H55 paired with the Intel Core i3/Core i5 CPUs you need at least a 150 watts PSU to make sure you won´t have power-related problems. Benchmark Reviews tests the Antec ISK 310-150 which offers a new, elegant front finish with a 150 watts Flex-ATX PSU to power your system.
The ISK 310-150 is based on the first model: The Antec ISK 300-65. This product in particular was presented as one of the first Mini-ITX cases available for the ION platforms. The 310 number means they added a different front looks, and the 150, of course, means they changed the 65 watts PSU for a 150 watts Flex-ATX PSU. In our recent G.Skill ECO memory review, we added some power consumption results with a Mini-ITX motherboard and the ECS H55H-I motherboard. You might want to have a look at the results (see here) to understand that the Core i3 platform paired with a Flex-ATX PSU consumes no more than 100 watts at full load with the right components. By right components I mean a SLIM Optical drive and 2.5" HDDs with a low power PSU. If you use a high-end 700 watts PSU you won´t get the effectiveness you want for this kind of systems. So, basically, all the components I´ve mentioned here are needed to build a Mini-ITX PC with the Antec ISK 310-150 and they perfectly fit for this review.
Let´s have a look at the Antec ISK 310-150 Mini-ITX chassis to check the interior and exterior features. Finally, this could end being your next chassis for the HTPC you´ve been planning for months. Remember that if you´re looking for a HTPC with an ION-based system you might want to look the ISK 300-65 , since you won´t ever need more than 40-50 watts. Also, Antec launched the ISK 300-150, which is the same model as this one but with a black front finish similar to the ISK 300-65 for $5 USD less.
Antec ISK 310-150 Features
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