Antec Overture - Desktop Case Art

Cases & PSU/Cases by jmke @ 2004-02-26

Antec tackles the desktop case market with their great looking Overture case. Ideally suited for sitting next to your hifi-set it has all the features to achieve this goal; Can the Overture score? Find out in this review!

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In the box

Desktop cases have disappeared some years ago with the introduction of an efficient “tower” case design. Antec however has opted to build an up to date desktop case aimed at the multimedia enthusiast. The Overture is no mini-PC, it can house a normal ATX motherboard and fitting your latest ATI Radeon inside is a piece of cake. Let’s take a closer look at this retro-case!

Antec’s packing is always attractive, no boring grey box sir!

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The top of the box represents what it sitting inside, original to say the least:

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Made of sturdy steel, it is no lightweight, but this case is not meant to go to LAN parties. First thing that stands out is the extraordinary finish of the black casing, on their site they claim to have reached “piano” black smoothness, it comes very close! Only when you are very near to the case you’ll see the texture underneath.

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The case rests on four rubber pads to prevent sliding and scratches. To retain the smooth look Antec provided a cloth that removes dirty smudges and fingerprint marks with a few wipes, very thoughtful and a welcome addition.

Features & Specs:
  • Size: 432 x 133 x 490mm
  • Weight: ~9kg
  • 380 Watt True power Single Fan Quiet PSU (TRUE380S)
  • 7 Drive Bays:
    - 2 x 5.25" external drive bays
    - 2 x 3.5" external drive bays
    - 3 x 3.5" internal drive bays
  • Motherboards up to Standard ATX
  • Front Audio ports
  • Front mounted USB & IEEE 1394 ports
  • Rear 92mm fan thermally controlled
  • Washable Air Filter (side panel)

    The washable air filter is situated at the intake of the PSU which pulls cool air from outside over its components and blows warmer air in the direction of the CD/DVD bays.

    Madshrimps (c)

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    The 380Watt PSU ensures that you can load up this case with hardware and don’t have to worry about running out of power. As stated, the single fan of the PSU is virtually silent and when the case is closed you only hear it when you come very close to the intake hole.

    Where does the hot air go? Let’s find out ->
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