SOURCE: Antec

June 27, 2005 08:00 ET

Antec Sets New Standard for Silent Computing With Sonata II PC Case

Builds on Best-Selling Sonata Case With Advanced Chassis Air Duct and Cooling System to Ensure Cool, Quiet, Computing

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 27, 2005 -- Antec, Inc., the leading manufacturer of computer hardware and accessories for the upgrade and build your own (BYO) markets, has updated its Lifestyle series of cases with the launch of Sonata II, its premier enclosure for silent computing applications.

Sonata II combines the classic style and silent performance of the original Sonata quiet computing case with upgraded features and an innovative cooling design for handling the latest and fastest technologies. The popular piano-black case is equipped with Antec's unique advanced chassis air duct for increased cooling of the latest CPUs and graphics cards. The air duct is rear-vented to help improve silence, and can be adjusted in three directions to ensure that the opening is always directly positioned above the CPU for maximum cooling.

Additionally, Sonata II features a single rear 120mm TriCool fan with an adjustable three-speed switch, as well as 120mm, 92mm and 80mm fan mounts, providing highly configurable cooling and air flow options.

Sonata II comes equipped with Antec's low-noise, ATX12V v2.01-compliant, SmartPower 2.0 450W power supply. The power supply's dual fan design uses two flow-through 80mm fans for intake and exhaust, providing virtually silent operation. Other features include nine drive bays with rubber grommets to absorb hard drive vibrations, as well as a double hinge door that opens to 270 degrees for easy installation. The case also has a built-in washable air filter and convenient front-mounted USB 2.0, audio, IEEE 1394 and FireWire ports.

"Our original Sonata case kick-started the quiet computing revolution and has sold over half a million units," said Scott Richards, Antec's worldwide vice president of sales and marketing. "With the releases of the latest hot-running CPUs and graphics cards, silence and cooling are of ultimate importance for today's PC users. Sonata II has taken quiet computing to the next level with enhanced features such as its advanced chassis air duct and SmartPower 2.0 PSU to protect and silence even the fastest systems."

Sonata II is available for an estimated street price of $129 through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors. It is backed by Antec's Quality 3-Year Warranty. For additional product information and full technical specifications, please visit www.antec.com.

About Antec

Founded in 1986, Antec, Inc. is the leading global brand of high-performance computer components and accessories for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) markets. Having pioneered this fast-growing category in the retail sector, the company has achieved a worldwide market-leading position. Antec has achieved equal success in the distribution channel, meeting demands from quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.

Antec's enclosure technology line-up includes a wide variety of cases, such as its quiet and stylish LifeStyle series, enhanced Performance Series and cost-effective Solution Series. The company's solid rack mount cases address the demanding ISP, telecom and networking markets. Antec also offers cutting-edge power supplies, such as the award-winning quiet TruePower range and the famous SmartPower. Additionally, the company's computing accessories line is made up of a variety of innovative products, including Antec's patented LED Fans.

Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The company's products are sold in more than 30 countries throughout the world. For more information on Antec, please visit www.antec.com.

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