Antec Overture II
Antec Overture II
AKA: Piano Black Quiet Media Case
Vendors Website: http://www.antec.com/us/productDetails.php?ProdID=15730
Support Status: n/a
Full details are at the website, but this case supports both full size and mini ATX boards. Spots for two external 5.25" devices and two external 3.5" devices. Most folk will set this up with at least one DVD drive in the 5.25 and maybe a card reader. There's also space for two internal 3.5" drives.
My setup of this will be one DL DVD +/- R drive, two internal IDE drives, and eventually two SATA drives. Current setup has about 240GB of storage.
The case itself is very nice looking. Piano black on the outside, and brushed chrome on the front. Blue LEDs complement the overall "component" look. Good, powerful power supply at 450W. Has a single case fan in the rear, along with an under-drive blower and a PS fan as well. With all three going, this is not a quiet case. The fans all support MB fan speed control, unfortunately, for some reason my MB has support, but is not using it. In addition to the fans, the top of the case is vented to allow for the heat from CPU and video cards to rise.
Though this case would not look out of place in a component rack, it is a big case. Given the noise, I would also not place it anywhere near the seating area. Ultimately this was to be the livingroom MythTV box, but all things considered, I think it is going to wind up in the component closet in the theater room (with 109" projection screen). I'll hook it up via DVI to my projector, and also stream to my desktop and eventually to a front-end only box in the living room.
Issues and Problems
The Power Supply has a sensor cable for monitoring the speed of the fan, but when this is plugged in to the motherboard the fan speed increases and sounds like a jet engine. Just unplug the cable, the fan has a built in thermal sensor and will adjust itself as required.
This case has fans or vents on 5 out of 6 sides. This makes it very hard to put anywhere, especially on carpet or standing on it side. The Power Supply has a large 8" fan sucking from the bottom and blowing out the side, the hard drive turbine fans blow out the other side, the case fan blows out the back, and there is a big vent on the top above the CPU. The case is also huge, so check your TV cabnet dimensions before splashing out on this case.
As stated, noise and size are the only two problems. Aside from that, this has the Antec quality that I've learned to expect. It is amazing that aside from modders, most people overlook the case, but having a solid case that cools well is as important as your choice of motherboard or video card.
The Front IEE1394 (firewire) internal cable appears to be non-standard or conflicting between standard used by some Motherboards. (eg Gigabyte)
No guide, but I just want to point out how accessible this case was. It took a total of 10 minutes to mount and install the motherboard. Cables are well positioned and the manaul is generally clear.