Fusion Black 430

Antec Veris series HTPC case.
Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 07.10.2007
Manufacturer: Antec
Product Group: System enclosure
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After using PSUs with sleeved cables, managing the wiremess of the Earthwatss was a real pain. Sometimes it's hard to understand how a couple of wires can make such a mess. With the exception of the problems caused by the wiremess, the installation went smoothly. The holes in the walls are large enough and there's plenty of them to allow the user to decide which is the best way to route the cables. Also there's suprisingly much space under the 5,25" cage and in the HDD-chamber for all the extra cables.

The hardware inside is: Asus M2A-VM, AMD 3500+ (2,2 GHz), Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320 GB, Crucial 1 GB 533 MHz and a DVD-drive.



Even though I see the point that people don't want the HTPC to be too high, it was unfortunate to notice that Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro was bit too high for the Fusion. This cooler isn't something what I'd call a large cooler, so make sure the cooler you have selectec can fit inside the case. Don't get confused by the 120 mm fans next to the motherboard, the cooler can't be much higher than 110 mm to fit.




The LCD-display in the Fusion is made by iMon, the same company that had made the VFD-unit for the GMC's HTPC-case we reviewed earlier. Also the software looks the same, but is more limited in features because the GMC provided a full featured remote controller with their case. From this software one can select what one want to be shown in the LCD; information about the media that's being played, e-mail check, news, city-information (forecast), graphical EQ (actually sprectrum analyzer) and ofcoure information of the system.



Look at the screen from front and it is very clear and easy to read, but when you get to angle (especially from above) it gets harder to read. Compared to the VFD-displays earlier seen in the Zalman HTPC-reviews, the LCD just doesn't look as clear and stylish.

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