We’ve had a busy couple of days at Computex so far. Today, we had a chance to visit Antec to check out what’s new in the world of PC cases. To our surprise, we were greeted with a Micro-ATX case modelled after a car engine, which almost stole the show but there are a few other good bits sprinkled in, including the Blazer GT, Cube Max and new RAM.
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The Antec GTR is a micro-ATX or Mini-ITX open-air chassis “inspired by the dynamic look of a sports car engine”. I think it is fair to say the inspiration isn’t exactly subtle, as the GTR does look very much like it belongs in a car. Aluminium panels are used throughout the chassis, so it is very well built, it also has tempered glass elements to protect some of the hardware hiding inside. This is a prototype, so don’t expect it to hit retail any time soon but if the situation changes, we’ll be sure to provide an update.
Next on the list is the Antec Striker, another aluminium case. This is a mini-tower designed for ITX motherboards, with room for two 2.5-inch drives and an extra two 120mm case fans on the side, while the rear of the case has room to support a 240mm radiator. An included PCI-E riser cable will also enable vertical GPU mounting. It is a compact case but will support both small form factor PSUs and ATX PSUs, so getting the right power supply shouldn’t be a hassle.
The Antec Blazer GT is a mid-tower ‘semi-open’ chassis that has room for up to eight case fans and two SATA SSDs or HDDs. The unique feature here is that the tower can be positioned left vertical, right vertical or horizontal depending on preference, so there is some room for customisation. For those looking for something a bit bigger, then the P82 and P82 Crystal cases are the way to go, these are still considered mid-tower cases but have extra interior room for components.
The final case on our list today is the Cube Max, which has a pull-out design, so you can fix down your motherboard and components and then slide the tray back in for an easier build. The Cube Max is for Micro-ATX or Mini-ITX builds and also comes with Addressable RGB LEDs on all four corners.
Antec is also staking a claim on the memory market this year with the KATANA series. As you would expect with a name like that, Katana RAM modules have a heat spreader inspired by the traditional Japanese sword. The heat spreader is CNC machined, giving it a black steel texture, with the light guide on top representing the sharp edge of the blade. As with most RAM kits these days, RGB is included, Antec will also be offering additional cooling kits or full ARGB plates for the Katana series, adding another layer of customisation.
KitGuru Says: Lots of new cases coming out of Antec today, did any of them catch your eye in particular?