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Enclosures are environmentally friendly

Posted: 03 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NSK 6500? NSK 4400? NSK 3300? NSK 2400? NSK 1300?

Antec Inc. has upgraded its Solutions Series line with high-efficiency, advanced cooling enclosures. Each of the five casesNSK 6500, NSK 4400, NSK 3300, NSK 2400 and NSK 1300are designed for a wide range of computing requirements.

Building on Antec's original Solution series, the new Solutions Series cases are designed for applications ranging from multimedia centers to corporate environments. All cases feature two front-mounted USB ports and audio in/out for easy multimedia connections. The NSK 6500 and NSK 3300 also have one FireWire port.

All cases come equipped with universal input power supply units (PSU) with active power factor correction for environmentally-friendly computing. PSU wattage varies by case from 300W for the NSK 1300 and NSK 3300, 380W for the NSK 2400 and NSK 4400, and 430W for the NSK 6500. All cases except the NSK 1300 are designed to be TAC compliant.

Here's a quick rundown of features. The NSK 6500 offers seven expansion slots and nine drive baysfour front accessible 5.25-inch and five internal 3.5-inch removable hard drive trays with silicone grommets in a removable HDD cage to isolate vibrations and quieter operation. The NSK 4400 features seven expansion slots and eight drive baysthree front accessible 5.25-inch, two front accessible 3.5-inch and three internal 3.5-inch bays with rubber grommets.

Both NSK 6500 and NSK 4400 cases have an advanced cooling system, and come equipped with one rear 120mm TriCool three-speed adjustable fan and one Advanced Chassis Air Guide with a mount for an optional 80mm fan. The NSK 6500 also provides two front mounts for optional 92mm fans, while the NSK 4400 has one front mount for an optional 80mm fan. These cases accommodate standard ATX motherboards.

The NSK 3300 has a dual-chamber design to ensure the case stays cool by separating the power supply's heat and noise from the rest of the system. It also incorporates one rear 120mm TriCool three-speed adjustable fan and two front mounts for optional 92mm fans. It has four expansion slots and three front accessible drive bays (one 3.5-inch and two 5.25-inch with removable HDD brackets), and one internal 3.5-inch drive bay with silicone grommets to minimize vibration and noise.

For a quieter system, the NSK 2400 features a unique triple-chamber structure designed to isolate heat and noise produced by the power supply and hard drives. It has two side 120mm TriCool three-speed adjustable fans, and four expansion slots and four drive bays (two front accessible 5.25-inch and two internal 3.5-inch removable HDD trays with silicone grommets). Both the NSK 2400 and NSK 3300 cases support MicroATX motherboards.

The cubic design of the NSK 1300 consists of three-layer side panels to dampen system generated noise. It features a built-in 120mm quiet fan for cooling and a flip-up drive cage. The case offers four expansion slots and four drive bays (one 5.25-inch external and up to three 3.5-inch HDD). The case supports MicroATX motherboards and features blue LEDs on both sides of the front panel to indicate the power is on.

The New Solution Series is available for an estimated street price ranging from $89.95 to $119.95.

- Gina Roos

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