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Antec offers more than just the usual tower case with a little class and style

Antec, maker of all things cases and cooling in the PC industry, has launched the Minuet 300 which is an update to its predecessor with better cooling and support for the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD.

The Minuet 300 features a 300W ATX 12V 24-pin power supply to support various platforms, Antec's TriCool fan and front-panel media ports including the standard USB 2.0, FireWire/iLink, and audio in/out jacks. The case has room for one 5-1/4 inch drive and two 3-1/2 inch drives (1 internal, 1 external) and supports MicroATX motherboards. All of this is packaged in a 3.8-inch x 12.75-inch x 16.8-inch black case which has a glossy finish and chrome accents.

The retail price of the Minuet 300 case is $89.95 and has already begun shipping. A quick search at price engines online may find you a better deal. Antec is known for their quality case designs among other enthusiast class products including power supplies and other cooling hardware.

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By OrSin on 4/3/2006 4:16:25 PM , Rating: 2
At first I was disappointed in the number of drives it can hold. But considering it size and purpose (HTPC), I could always get a few external drives. The external might even be better over all to keep the heat somewhere else, and to turn them off if not using the data on them. Usb2 will not too slow to just get a/v files from. If i didnt already have the first case I might get this.

RE: Nice
By Brainonska511 on 4/3/2006 4:23:35 PM , Rating: 2
These slim cases are great ideas for adding a PC to the living room, but the problem comes from the lack of low-profile cards (or low profile cards, but no half-height brackets). As for hdd space, it would be better to go with Firewire (especially if you could get Firewire 800 drives/port) as you would only need one port for that and you could daisy chain additional drives together.

RE: Nice
By MDE on 4/3/2006 10:20:52 PM , Rating: 2
Store the files elsewhere on a network and you don't need more than one drive in the case.

RE: Nice
By ceefka on 4/4/2006 5:27:34 AM , Rating: 2
Good idea. A HTPC has to be on a network anyway. Even a 100Mb LAN connection can provide smooth transfers. You could even upgrade your network to 1Gb. And just get the one quietest drive you can think of.

What, no BTX?????
By devolutionist on 4/3/2006 9:00:57 PM , Rating: 3
[ducks, with a brick zipping by just missing right ear]

RE: What, no BTX?????
By mechBgon on 4/3/2006 10:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a microBTX Antec:

Any good? Personally, I look at it and feel the urge to say "These aren't the droids you're looking for." ;)

RE: What, no BTX?????
By ceefka on 4/4/2006 5:28:48 AM , Rating: 2
That is one ugly case. Yuk!

i had the original
By hans007 on 4/3/2006 4:25:18 PM , Rating: 2
i had the original minuet which did not have the large side vent. that thing was awful and heated up like crazy. hopefully this version is fixed.

RE: i had the original
By marvdmartian on 4/4/2006 9:40:31 AM , Rating: 2
I second that, and add that finding a decent, quiet, cpu heatsink/fan was pretty tough as well!! I've tried 2 on mine, and while the first one cooled decently, it sounded like an F-16 on takeoff.....the second one is quiet, but doesn't cool as well as I'd like (50C idling temps!!).

I'm still debating if I want to gut mine and sell it, or chop a hole in the top, in order to help bring cool air straight to the cpu cooler.

By mindless1 on 4/3/2006 11:03:06 PM , Rating: 1
Translation- somebody designed a case and Antec slapped their label on it like they do everything else. Antec doesn't "Make" products, they MARKET products.

RE: Translation?
By OrSin on 4/4/2006 9:45:43 AM , Rating: 2
No one makes products. They have them design for them, then get someone else to make them. Dell, Sony, Apple, ect basicly everyone. Most case makers do the same thing. At least Antec does design some of thier case. Most case makes just buy a predesigned case and change the front or side panel.

what style
By InterpolAgent on 4/3/2006 8:42:42 PM , Rating: 2
someone want to point out the "class and style." i know everyone has different tastes, so to each his own. but it just looks like an old 486 turn over on its side.

Water Cooling?
By carbon3c on 4/4/2006 11:08:41 AM , Rating: 2
I'm looking for a small case that can "easily" handle water cooling. By "easy", I mean that I don't want to do modifications just to get the equipment to fit.

Fans are too noisy, and even the quiet fans get louder as they age. Anyone know of a good SFF case that can handle water cooling? I wish Shuttle would make one with water cooling as a standard feature.

It's still
By DigitalFreak on 4/3/06, Rating: -1
"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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