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Antec SX cases
copperpipe May-16-01 05:21 PM
Larry,

The new Antec SX series cases appear to be really good ones and even better than the KS 282. I think a review of one of them would be of great interest to many of the readers here.


1. RE: Antec SX cases
lbyard May-16-01 05:41 PM
In response to message 0
OK, have Antec send me one. Larry

2. RE: Antec SX cases
copperpipe May-16-01 06:04 PM
In response to message 1
Larry,

I'll request Antec to send you one of each model, but you'd be prudent to postpone your celebration and buying those fresh lobsters and crab.


3. RE: Antec SX cases
lbyard May-16-01 07:24 PM
In response to message 2
Kidding aside, I have had other manufacturers send me samples (the power of 300,000 plus page impressions per month) and I'll ask Antec for one when I get caught-up on about a half dozen articles that are presently in various stages of progress. Also, I'll take a look at Antecís offerings when I quote another custom computer. Larry

4. RE: Antec SX cases
lbyard May-16-01 07:39 PM
In response to message 3
Ok, you got my dander up a little...
Message sent to Antec this date:

Dear Sirs:

I have had some interest on my web site forum expressed in a review of the Antec SX series of computer enclosures. I have previously reviewed the KS282 which can be read at http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Cases/antec/ks282.htm. Would it be possible to obtain a sample of one of your SX series enclosures for a review? The SX840 looks like a good candidate. My web site receives more than 300,000 page impressions a month and has following of readers who buy the sort of products you sell.

Thank you for your consideration.

Most sincerely,
Larry F. Byard
Editor/Owner
Dux Computer Works/Digest
7 Vermont St.
Sanford, ME 04073
...
http://duxcw.com/


5. RE: Antec SX cases
copperpipe May-16-01 11:30 PM
In response to message 4
Larry,

I apologize for upsetting you - I was just kidding around.

And thank you for sending the request to Antec.


6. RE: Antec SX cases
lbyard May-17-01 00:07 AM
In response to message 5
LAST EDITED ON May-17-01 AT 00:07 AM (GMT)

I wasn't upset. I was kidding also. Larry


7. Eat your words!
lbyard Jun-06-01 05:40 PM
In response to message 2
Hello Larry,

We've sent out an SX840 for you to review. We shipped via UPS and the
tracking number is 1ze947710342115249.

Regards,

David


9. RE: Antec SX cases
lbyard Jun-09-01 10:06 PM
In response to message 0
Got the case (SX840). Real nice. Will write a review shortly if my Son, who has his eye on it, doesn't heist it first. Larry

10. RE: Antec SX cases
copperpipe Jun-13-01 04:53 PM
In response to message 9
LAST EDITED ON Jun-13-01 AT 04:57 PM (GMT)

Congratulations, Larry.

I will interested in reading your review. However, I just bought one myself - the SX830 because CompUSA always runs out of them very quickly here.

......Now all I need is a new motherboard and processor

It would be such a waste to relocate one of my socket 7 boards into this gem. Anyway, I don't think an AT board w/ATX power will fit in it (good excuse to move up to socket A).


11. RE: Antec SX cases
lbyard Jun-13-01 05:24 PM
In response to message 10
I feel exactly the same way: it would be ashamed to put a 500 MHz K6-2 in this box. I will probably do one of two things: use it for a file server or wait a little while longer and put a desktop Palomino Athlon in it. I am trying to get a prerelease motherboard with the nVIDIA nForce chipset, but doubt I will be as lucky as I was with the case. It seems you have to be getting a million or more page impressions per month before they take you seriously. I would be very interested in your comments on the case, the more the better. Did you notice how the top front of the case pops right off for access to the drives behind. The air vents in the front are the best Iíve seen. The only negatives Iíve noticed so far are that the chassis fans are not 3-pin, the 5 ľĒ bays use rails, and the documentation is sparse (like most cases), but these are minor shortcomings. I have a new digital camera and plan to shoot a lot of pictures. I believe this is the best midtower case Iíve seen. Larry

12. RE: Antec SX cases
copperpipe Jun-21-01 10:56 PM
In response to message 11
After blowing some $$ on a new DVD player for the family, I might end up relocating one of my K6 systems into this case....and pulling out an old 233MMX system into that vacated case.

But I am also considering a cheap KT133A board: the ECS (Elitegroup) K7ZMA ($65) a cheap Thunderbird. The ECS board was rated high in performance & stability in some other reviews...All I have to do now is win a couple of hundred $$$ on one of those local radio contests.


13. RE: Antec SX cases
lbyard Jun-22-01 04:09 PM
In response to message 12
See http://duxcw.com/digest/guides/buymb/intro.htm for advice on the subject of cheap motherboards. It comes from years of experience and being burned a few times along the way. Larry

14. RE: Antec SX cases
copperpipe Oct-05-01 08:17 PM
In response to message 13
OK Larry, I did not heed your advice about buying cheap motherboards: I just spent a whopping $65 on the ECS K7S5A (SIS735) motherboard, and bit more for a 1 ghz/266 FSB Tbird. Heck, the cost of shipping here to "paradise" was nearly 1/2 the price of the board. And wouldn't you know it, the board price just dropped a few dollars.

So far, no problems with the new system.

Regarding the Antec SX830 case, here is what I like:

-The metal RF shield/backplate for the connectors that came with the Antec case already had a knockout for the onboard network connector.
-Lots of space for clumsy hands working near the motherboard and drives. No sharp edges to cut your fingers.
-Easy to remove the top front and side panels without a screwdriver.
-The two 80mm exhaust fans (included) and the interior design of the case (including air intakes) appear to provide good cooling.
-The brackets for easy installation of additional case fans.
-The heavy duty construction.

What I don't like:

-The drive rails.
-The hidden 3-1/2" floppy drive with the remote eject button.
-300-Watt power supply (PP303X) that is AMD-recommended for only a 900 mhz Tbird and lower. The newer version of the SX830 case has an upgraded power supply (PP303XP) which has 180-Watt output on the 3.3V & 5V circuits. So far, no problems with my 1 ghz Tbird, however.


15. Review of Antec's SX830 and SX840 Performance Series, Workstation Cases
lbyard Jul-30-02 04:44 PM
In response to message 0
If you are looking for a large, but not overbearing ATX computer case and power supply, Antec's SX830 and SX840 Performance Series, Workstation Cases are good choices for high-end PCs or a small business file servers.
Click here to read the review: http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Cases/antec/sx840/sx840.htm
Larry

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