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Antec Attends Computex 2012 in Taipei

 Antec Computex 2012

Computex 2012

Antec is at Computex 2012

Just a short alert to let the Antec Community know that Antec is attending Computex  2012 in Taipei right now. The International Information Technology Show, better known as simply Computex, is taking place from June 5th to the 9th in Taipei, Taiwan.

Largest Computer and Technology Event?

Arguably one of the  largest computer and technology trade fairs in the world, and certainly the largest in Asia, Computex has been running annually for over a decade and had its beginnings in the 1980s.

Each year, during Computex, the local urban area is transformed into a vibrant hub of technology and activity. Due to the massive influx of people, local buses and taxi services are forced to change their routes and alter their fares as over 150,000 eager event-goers descend on Taipei, selling out hotels, fillings restaurants and pushing the areas infrastructure to the max!

The venue is the Taipei World Trade Center’s Nangang Exhibition Hall and this year it will be home to 1,800 exhibitors and 5,300 booths. Computex 2012 will include a Golf Tournament, press conferences, awards ceremonies and even a Ms. Computex pageant.

Antec at Computex 2012

And of course Antec will be there! This year Antec has arranged a large booth in the Nangang Exhibition Hall 1F. If you feel like dropping by and seeing what Antec is up to, Antec’s booth is #J0818. Antec is also offering a VIP area inside the event hall as well as hosting an after-party on Wednesday evening at Stream lounge.

Antec’s New Products

For those that wont be able to make it, we can tell you that Antec, makers of some of the world’s best-rated PSUs, is highlighting a new 1300 watt PSU there that is  sure to impress. At the same time, Antec will be unveiling an entire range of their Advance products, including USB chargers, notebook accessories and a new  line of hip,fashion-technology-inspired, audio products that are sure to unleash your music and media! Click the links to learn more!

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Why You Should Build Your Next PC

My first computer was an Apple II. It was monochrome and glorious!

I’m relatively young – 35 years young, to be exact, but I’ve been in computers for over ten years now. My first computer was an Apple II, complete with floppy disks that actually flopped, a monochrome display and a game called Hardball!. It was glorious, gloriously terrible by today’s standards, but back then, it was great! To follow that up, I went “IBM/PC compatible” when my mom’s co-worker decided to sell her a computer. It came complete with a tower tall enough to be a part of any major city’s skyline and a turbo button! I have no idea who made that beast, but it was awesome. It introduced me to the glories of the internet through this company known for their compact disk distribution business – AOL.   And the last computer I bought was a Gateway 2000 – back in 1999, but I’m still not certain why they felt the need to put cow patterns on their boxes.

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More Bang, Less Buck. My First PC Build – Part 2

A couple weeks back, I gave an overview of the components and a cost breakdown for my first gaming PC. This week, I’ll describe the building process and talk about my rig’s performance capabilities.

I figured my simple setup – a straightforward enclosure, microATX motherboard, single GPU, 3.5” HDD and 5.25” drive — would not require a complicated procedure, but I found that when you actually try building, it doesn’t work that way.

How I felt my system build was going at times.

Computer components differ so much in shape and size, so it’s awkward at first when you’re moving the case and moving yourself around to somehow fit everything into position. It’s almost like a real-life Tetris simulation. This confusion is typical for someone who takes on a new task or hobby for the first time, but with some on-the-spot guidance, you’ll discover how building a PC is a great experience worth sharing.

Working with the One Hundred catalyzed my experience since it presents everything – your drive bays, I/O, cooling etc. – without any superfluous add-ons or covers. Tool-less installation may be beneficial, but as someone who works on guitars and snowboards, I prefer using a screwdriver and letting out an occasional grunt as long as I know what I’m doing.

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More Bang, Less Buck. My First PC Build – Part 1

I’m fairly new to PC components, and I haven’t been into PC games since the glory days of Unreal Tournament. My Antec colleagues swear by the mouse and keyboard, so I’m at a loss when they huddle up and talk about hacking and slashing through WoW and micromanaging Protoss legions in Starcraft 2. It’s time to get a piece of the action for myself. With some valuable input from my Antec pals Jessie, Dennis and Stavros, and our partners at ASUS and Kingston, I put together a gaming build that emphasizes the best performance-price ratio.

I’m Nick Pinkerton, Antec technical writer and aspiring nerd. I’m your average console gamer, but I can see myself getting into some great PC-exclusive titles and eagerly anticipating Battlefield 3, RAGE, and whatever else comes out in the next couple of years. Our hardware enthusiasts at Antec and my experiences at PAX East & last month’s Antec gaming marathon have piqued my interest in working with the hardware, getting connected with the community, and vanquishing foes with a click of the mouse. I made this all possible with a price-performance build that comfortably runs current-gen games at moderate settings. And this is at a price that did not break the bank or forecast a bevy of upgrades.

This is my first gaming PC. I didn’t want to complicate things with overclocking, exotic coolers or SLI graphics configurations. There is a large variety of mid-level and budget-friendly components out there. Building my ideal system was a matter of selecting the best hardware based on efficiency, stability and performance. A little flair wouldn’t hurt either.

Here is a summary of my components and their corresponding street prices:

Pricing Source: Newegg.com

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Antec Week in Review – April 14, 2011

Wow, it’s been a crazy week. We’ve got product launches and reviews to discuss!

We started off the week with a review of the High Current Gamer HCG-750 PSU over at Anandtech where they found it to have good performance and value:

Anandtech Logo“This PSU seems to be good for gamers with overclocked PCs and one or two high-end GPUs, who may not care to spend the extra $50 to reach the next echelon of features, quality, and performance. The HCG-750 uses Japanese capacitors from Rubycon and Nippon Chemi-Con, there’s a lot of space for cooling and airflow, and the result is reasonably quiet operation at most loads.”

Next, we launched the KÜHLER H2O Maximum Performance CPU cooler. It’s already got a handful of reviews (here, here and here). If you don’t feel like reading all of them, have a look at this tidbit from Shane at Legit Reviews.

Editor's Choice“The Antec Kuhler H2O 920 on the extreme setting out performed the Corsair Hydro H70 at every clock frequency that we ran the Intel Core i7 LGA1366 processor at. In the silent mode the Antec Kuhler H2O 920 ran slightly warmer than the Corsair Hydro H70, but it was significantly quieter.”

The KUHLER H2O 920 High Performance CPU cooler will be available very soon from your favorite brick and mortar or online retailer. Don’t feel like waiting? Order it from us.

Finally, High Tech Legion had a look at our latest chassis, the One Hundred. We feel that great cooling performance and features don’t always have to cost you and arm or a leg. They seem to agree.

High Tech Legion review of Antec One Hundred“The Antec One Hundred kept the system temperatures within optimal working levels when the fans were set at the very quiet ‘default’ fan speed setting and lowered the temperatures even further when the fans were set to ‘high’.”

That’s it for me this week. Post below if you have any feedback or find us on Facebook!


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Updating My Gaming PC

My day job is my role as the Assistant Marketing Manager with Antec®. I spend a lot of time looking at spreadsheets, memorizing product features and coordinating projects. But at night, I spend my time sniping people in the face in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and incinerating Klingons in Star Trek Online. My name is Stavros Conom, and to summarize, I spend a lot of time gaming.

Not the Antec Nine Hundred

This is not my case.

By no means am I “hard core” or an overclocker. My rig at home, while not top-of-the-line, is serving me well. I run an original Nine Hundred - an enclosure that’s immensely popular with gamers (I’ve been to enough LAN parties to know!) that I modified with green LED fans on the side intake and rear exhaust, making it look distinctly Borg in origin. I also powered my system with an Antec TPQ-850 power supply. It’s a great system but, while working here, I’ve seen some pretty sweet hardware roll out over the last few months. And, as much as I loved my current set of hardware, a few weeks ago I finally made the decision. I had to upgrade.

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Introducing the High Current Gamer Series

Why did we call our new power supply series High Current Gamer? I heard the question from many people in forums around the globe. The word Gamer is used for lame products; everyone and their aunt is using it for product descriptions. Nobody would take this product line seriously, I went on to read.

Let me start my blog about the High Current Gamer series with a small explanation of what the word Gamer means in the product name. We developed this product line for people who play games, for people who love games and spend countless hours gaming. During development we talked to our friends at Team Dignitas to help us out on field testing. Those guys never miss a LAN event and compete in tournaments across the globe. Our logic was that if it could pass their rigorous testing, we could justify calling it a “gamer” product. It delivers the perfect balance between performance and high reliability for an affordable price. We think this is the balance that gamers today are looking for in a power supply.

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Technical Finesse: The High Current Pro HCP-1200

The HCP-1200

Introduction

As described in my last blog, we took an awful long time to develop the High Current Pro HCP-1200 and designed it to be the king of the hill – the best of the best power supplies out there. Well, after testing this unit again and again and fine-tuning every little detail, we feel we hit the mark.

Initial reviews show the press shares our opinion. Renowned review site [H]ard|OCP even went as far as calling the HCP-1200the new king of 1200W power supplies” exceeding the competition in almost every way and Jonny Guru gave the HCP-1200 their “Recommended” award. In the following I want to show you certain details I think valuable to better understand how we achieved the performance we present with the HCP-1200.

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Antec High Current Pro: Under the Hood

Introduction

The High Current Pro power supply series is Antec’s latest top-of-the-line offering, though it is certainly not the first time we have released a superior power supply series. In 2008 we delivered the world’s first power supply with a DC-to-DC module: the Signature Series. The Signature Series is still one of the best performing power supplies in the market and works with superior voltage regulation still unrivaled from most of the competition.

What’s next?

Time to introduce the High Current Pro power supply series as our next contribution to the evolution of power supplies. To say it with the words of Mr. Jobs: THE next big thing that will change the market. Again.

Here are some key features, before we get some more insight about the “technical finesse” in my next post:

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