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Antec Titan 550

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Blast from the past: originally published January 16th 2006. Let me start off by saying this is not a server case: it is a workstation case. As the review progresses items will be pointed out that affirms this, but it’s better to think of it as a workstation chassis and look at it from this perspective. I was building a new test server and needed a decent chassis. Antec is always my first choice and they had just released the Titan 550 Server, their first designated tower server chassis. I’ve been using it…read more

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Antec SLK3700BQE

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Blast from the past: originally published April 14th 2004. This is our third review of a chassis or case from the Antec Solution line. The Antec [intlink id=”226″ type=”post”]SLK3700AMB[/intlink] was the best mid tower case for the money we’ve ever seen, while the Antec [intlink id=”1698″ type=”post”]SLK2600AMB[/intlink] was a slight compromise for less real estate. This time around Antec has taken the value oriented SLK3700AMB and added features from it’s best selling “quiet” Antec Sonata . It’s a good idea to read our [intlink id=”226″ type=”post”]SLK3700AMB[/intlink] review first to see what makes…read more

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Antec SLK2600AMB

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Blast from the past: originally published December 31st 2003. After having repeated success with the Antec SLK3700AMB mid tower case, I had the opportunity to build a PC using its smaller sibling, the Antec SLK2600AMB. Someone had asked me to construct our $1000 PC, so I gathered the parts and went to work. This case is a meant as a smaller, cheaper version of the SLK3700AMB and as such some features are removed, while other small touches have been added. Read on. Let’s look at the Antec SLK2600AMB from the outside in. The first…read more

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Antec Aria

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Blast from the past: originally published September 27th 2004. Antec has been a favorite case manufacturer here at eBabble for some time, and with good reason. They consistently produce quality cases filled with features. With the surge in popularity of the small form factor (SFF) PC cases from the likes of Shuttle and Iwill, Antec saw an opportunity to produce a case that could accept the micro ATX form factor, thus allowing anyone to build their own SFF PC without the need to but the case and motherboard from the same manufacturer. The…read more

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eVGA and Nvidia Video troubles

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About two weeks ago I experienced some PC troubles.  I came back to my desk to find my PC locked up: the screen had rows or red dashes running over everything else.  I power cycled the PC but now those rows or dashes were white and came up immediately.  I powered down again and took the side off my case to get a better look at anything going on in my system.  Powered the PC back up and the same video issue: everything was running fine, all fans spinning, nothing hot…read more

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Antec SX1030

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Blast from the past: originally published October 16th 2000. Great rejoicing rang throughout the house as my Antec case finally arrived.  As well I received a Linksys KVM ( keyboard, video, mouse ) switch to hook up in my office, but you’ll have to wait until next week for that review. I discussed last week my impatience regarding the arrival of the Antec SX1030  tower SO/HO server case.  I said tower case because it straddles the line between mid and full tower size, but does the job of a small…read more

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Antec SLK3700AMB

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I’m a big fan of Antec cases, having two [intlink id=”629″ type=”post”]SX1000[/intlink] series in use. I’ve been eyeing the new Performance Plus and Performance II series but found the price to be a little steep for my tastes. Recently I was perusing their site and found the Solution series, a low cost alternative. A quick Google search revealed no reviews, so I ordered the largest of the series, the SLK3700AMB. After a few weeks went by it arrived. Within minutes of opening the box I was thoroughly impressed. I’ll do my usual case review of…read more

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Antec Atlas 550

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Being a fan of computer cases, especially Antec cases, last year when I was building a new system I came across an excellent price on an Antec Atlas 550. For reference I suggest reading my original review: for this piece I’ll cover the differences between the two. This was a new model, the second in the Antec server line, a reworking of the Antec Titan that I had enjoyed so much. At the time the Atlas had the same 550 watt power supply (the Titan now comes with a 650…read more

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