Monday, January 19, 2009

Antec 902 Now On-Sale

Antec's recently launched Nine Hundred Two (902), is now on-sale at Newegg. The Nine Hundred Two, or 900 version 2, is the latest update to Antec's line of high-performance gaming cases that offer enhancements designed specifically for hardcore gamers, such as increased cooling and maximized airflow.

antec 902

The best-selling Antec Nine Hundred offers gamers an unbeatable enclosure, one that delivers a combination of cooling, performance and convenience that stands head and shoulders above the competition. Now, the Nine Hundred Two builds on this design with improved airflow and dominating style.

antec 902

The 902 features many of the design elements that make the 900 a great case. Including a perforated front bezel for superior air intake, a massive top-mounted 200mm "Big Boy 200", 2 front 120 x 25mm special black blue LED intake fans with front speed control and optional side or middle mounts for additional 120mm fans.

More Nine Hundred Two Features:
  • 9 drive bays
  • - External 3 x 5.25"; Internal 6 x 3.5" for HDD, or - External 6 x 5.25"; Internal 3 x 3.5" for HDD, or - External 9 x 5.25"
  • Built-in washable air filters
  • 8 expansion slots to support multiple graphics cards, including NVIDIA 3-way SLI
  • Front mounted I/O ports
  • - 2 x USB 2.0 - 1 x eSATA - Audio In and Out (AC’97 and HDA compatible)
  • Motherboard: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
  • No power supply included
  • Unit Dimensions:
  • - 19.4" (H) x 8.6" (W) x 18.6" (D) - 49.3cm (H) x 21.8cm (W) x 47.2cm (D)
  • Package Dimensions:
  • - 22.7" (H) x 11.3" (W) x 20.1" (D) - 27.7 cm (H) x 28.8 cm (W) x 51 cm (D)
  • Weight:
  • - Net: 25.4 lbs / 11.5 kg - Gross: 28.9 lbs / 13.1 kg
"Antec is dedicated to meeting the needs of gamers with products that are able to withstand the most cutting-edge systems out there," said Scott Richards, senior vice president for Antec. "Evolved from a successful design, the Nine Hundred Two continues to provide quiet operation and maximum cooling, as well as user flexibility to create gaming powerhouses."

My thoughts
The 902 is a nice redesign of the current Antec 900 however I don't see anything that justifies the $50 premium for the case. For my money I'd buy the older 900 and spend the additional $50 on a power supply. But users wanting to pick up the updated version can get it now at Newegg for $159.99. Newegg current offers a free AMD X2 BE-2300 CPU w/ purchase, ends 1/31.

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