Antec Fusion Max HTPC case

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Antec Fusion Max HTPC case

As some of you may know, the Antec Fusion case design was a collaborative effort between Antec and Silent PC Review's Mike Chin (see review here).  It was designed to be a "thermally and acoustically advanced case for home theater PC".  It's only [potential] downfall for some users (like me) is that it is a Micro-ATX case.  To make up for this, Antec will (hopefully) soon be releasing the Antec Fusion Max -- a full ATX case that is also a collaborative design effort (here is the SPCR thread for more info and pics).  The Max has been compared to a "slightly shrunk P180 turned on its side" (P180 review is here).

I've been looking for a good HTPC case for a while (I may have given up on Omaura), and this may fit the bill for me.  Of course, it hasn't been released as of yet (rumor is that it will be released in Europe next month). 

Feel free to post any thoughts, comments, etc. about this case! Smile

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Looks pretty damn tall!  I guess if someone wants more than 2 drives (a la the Fusion), this would be a decent case to look into.  Personally, I just think it's too big for HTPC purposes, especially if someone intends to put this in an entertainment center or something like that.  I don't think there'll be enough space between the shelves.

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this thing has been in the works for a long time (at least over a year).

it's too big in my opinion, but if you don't care about size, but more about function, it'll work. but then again....if size isn't an issue, why not just go with a P180B anyways? Smile

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it is a beast. with the psu fully vertical inside it, plus what looks to be additional space on top of the PSU, plus feet that give it some clearance for intake air it has to be 7"+

Maybe it's meant to be paired with this 8.5" beast:
[img width=467 height=240]http://www.usa.denon.com/AVR5308CI_Front_G.gif[/img]

For those who are racking in a dedicated AV closet, for a theater or other vertical enclosure height may not matter. For those with the little AV stands in the family room height is an issue. Different cases for different places...

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*drooooooooooooool*

....to the Denon Smile

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I'm guessing the A/V rack would need extra structural support beams underneath if you were to buy that head unit.  Shock

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I'm still waiting for the Micro Fusion 350/NSK1480 to come State side but it seems like Antec is more interested in re-inventing the Fusion/NSK2400 chassis over and over.

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I hadn't really noticed the height, which isn't an issue for me, but it is a good point.  It looks like this case is slightly taller than the width (or height in this case....pun intended!) of the PSU.  The standard PSU width is 5.9" (150 mm, according to v2.03 of the PSU design specifications).  Given that, I would estimate from the pictures that this case is ~7" tall.

As a comparison, Silverstone ATX cases range from 6.3 to 6.8" in height (range taken from the LC03, LC10, LC14, and LC17 specifications).

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shadymg wrote:

this thing has been in the works for a long time (at least over a year).

it's too big in my opinion, but if you don't care about size, but more about function, it'll work. but then again....if size isn't an issue, why not just go with a P180B anyways? Smile

I've always been told that size doesn't matter!  However, a P180B won't work in my media stand.  And I have hopes that this case will be available well before Omaura, which is no longer listed on the Dell site.

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Well the size isn't a factor, I'm used to having big thing  ;D
But all kidding aside the front knob kills me. Get rid of it. Omaura and Origen cases are still by far the best looking. Clean and simple. Why don't the other manufacturers get that?
The problem is that Omaura seems to be a no deliver (can't even find them on Dell anymore) and Origen is too expensive $400+.

It would be nice to have a sleek looking HTPC case that can hold 4+ hard drives and not be so ugly or expensive.

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I hear ya on the clean front. I don't get all these random front knobs, the case is not a stereo amplifier, and the knob isn't really all that interesting for progamability purposes either.

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i tried telling them knobs are suck Smile

*sigh*

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I can't believe that I've been waiting over a year for this to be released. And I'm still waiting for the official word on how deep the unit will measure (as this is the biggest problem for HTPC's in racks and cabinets.

Originally scheduled for the beginning of 2008, the release of this keeps on being put back, so I'll "believe it" when I see it. "Believe it" happens to be Antec's new slogan, how ironic.

Speaking of delays, looks like Omaura has given up delivering on it's promises. http://www.morleydigital.com/2008/08/06/final-omaura-update/. Can't say I'm too sad, although the products showed promise, the company was a disgrace. Any company that has the audacity to slag off competitors' cases whilst not being able to fulfill orders for months on end, and when they did fulfill orders were quite happy to ship cases suffering for poor build quality, deserve to fail.

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Crim wrote:

I'm still waiting for the Micro Fusion 350/NSK1480 to come State side but it seems like Antec is more interested in re-inventing the Fusion/NSK2400 chassis over and over.

This looks like the micro fusion available from newegg (different name): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129046

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shadymg wrote:

i tried telling them knobs are suck Smile

*sigh*

Same here. Why have a htpc case with a wimpy volume control when a receiver does the job better? The clean appearance of the now defunct Omaura TF11 is just perfect thank you.

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FYI....from the SPCR thread linked above....

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Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:45 am    Post subject:   

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Emailed Antec on this a couple of days ago about release dates in Europe and got this

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The schedule is that this item will be available in the first week of September.

Thank you for your interest in our products.

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Product page:
http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=15727

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That page you linked has a slight error.  It states it holds a Standard ATX size motherboard but still lists the dimensions of the motherboard at 9.6 x 9.6 inches.

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More than just one slight error.  I'm quite positive that the case isn't 17.8" in height.

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LOL wow... talk about lack of proofreading!

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Now in stock at Newegg for $249.95.

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ouch!!! $250 without a Power SUpply?!?!?! Making silverstone seem affordable huh :-/

And no option without the VFD i think too....*sigh*

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It's kind of disappointing.  Folks were speculating that it would cost around $200.  Other places are selling it for as much as $300.  Maybe the price will come down in time...

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Man, Antec has really been jacking up the prices on their HTPC cases lately. Check out the 2480 lately? I remember when those were in the $89-99 territory, now they're $20 for pretty much the same thing. Their Aria/1380 has seen the same price increase as well and the Minuet is now $110 when they use to be around $70.

I had already thought the Fusion was kind of expensive for what you got (totally needs a modular PSU, for the price it should be included) at $169, now it's $190 with a near useless Imon remote included.

Bizarrely enough their Fusion Micro is $180 and it includes an utterly useless remote.

Antec use to be the "go to" company for a nice, budget HTPC case but now I think only case that makes any sense to suggest is their 2480. Everything else is insanely priced.

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Here is a review from ProClockers.

Newegg has finally dropped their price to $219.95, with free shipping.  I'd still like it to drop below $200.

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Price at Newegg has plummeted to $209.99, with free shipping.

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In case anyone is interested, SPCR has their review up here.  I'm pretty disappointed that they built an HTPC as a gaming rig.

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Blue wrote:

In case anyone is interested, SPCR has their review up here.  I'm pretty disappointed that they built an HTPC as a gaming rig.

Well Antec themselves helped market it that way. SPCR just reflected the main goals of its review from the promotional language Antec is using for the Max:

"Spacious enough for dual graphics cards, the Fusion Remote Max enclosure enables you to build the ultimate home theater PC, perfect not only for enjoying digital media, but for playing the latest games. This case features a stylish aluminum front bezel with an LCD, a built-in IR receiver and a remote control to work the included iMEDIAN HD software. If that weren't enough, the quiet-running 140mm fan and noise-reducing design provide whisper-quiet operation."

I personally agree that it's a bit silly... if I was going to build a rig that does dual purpose media center and gaming, I'd just use a regular case and not spend extra to have it look all HTPC-like because it wouldn't be placed in the living room. I have one of Lian-Li's PC60BPlus2 series doing exactly that in my den right now.

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Gaming rig equals noise and heat which are too things that an HTPC wants to stay away from.

I don't much like it, ugly and overblown IMO.... and way over priced.

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oke the prices have something to do with the exchange rate that is clear, lets not forget that a lot of materials used in pc's like steel, copper etc. have become a lot more expensive

i have a gigabyte motherbord i bought in may for about € 150 and now it is € 200( at the same time we got 1.57 usd for an euro and now 1.27)

so it might not be antec's fault

i do have some reservations with them, i use their cases a lot and while they are well thought out there can be some quality issues, 1 had 1 4480 with a bad on off switch, and the connector in my 2480 for the powerled was so bad i did not dare to connect is.

I do agree that a modular psu is needed, in my 2480 i managed (after 4 5 versions) to get every thing stored but it would have been a lot more difficult if i had used a dvd player and the frame.

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Newegg is now selling this case for $190 with free shipping.

When I visit SPCR I have the expectation that the reviews will be based on building silent systems.  If I want to read about gaming systems, I'll go somewhere else.

I'm not particularly impressed with the look of this case, but when you look at the options for ATX cases that use 120mm fans...there isn't much (if any) competition, especially in this price range.

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pantera wrote:

I do agree that a modular psu is needed, in my 2480 i managed (after 4 5 versions) to get every thing stored but it would have been a lot more difficult if i had used a dvd player and the frame.

Honestly, I think it's insane that they don't sell their Fusion with a modular PSU. Drop the Neo 380 into the Fusion and maybe leave the Earthwatts 380 in the NSK but I'd rather pay more for the Fusion if it came with a good modular PSU like the 380 (which is more then enough for an HTPC, no need to drop in the 460w PSU).

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