Archive for April, 2012

Antec Releases its Newest Products

April 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Months after the release of their self contained liquid cooling products in the Philippine Market, Antec now announces the release of two new products: the P280 Enclosure and the Antec High Current Pro series of Power supplies. Both of these products cater to the needs of high performance gamers.

Here are the product details for the P280 enclosure:


Features of the P280 enclosure include:

11 drive bays:

– 3 x 5.25” tool-less drive bays

– 2 x 2.5” drive bays (dedicated)

– 6 x 3.5” / 2.5” drive trays with preinstalled silicone grommets

Motherboards: XL-ATX [13.6” x 10.3” (345 mm x 262 mm)], Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX

9 expansion slots

Maximum graphics card size: 13.0” (330 mm)

Maximum CPU cooler height: 6.7” (170 mm)

Cooling System:

– 2 x 120 mm top TwoCool™ exhaust fans

– 1 x 120 mm rear TwoCool™ exhaust fan

– 2 x 120 mm internal intake fans (optional)

– 2 x 120 mm front intake fans (optional)

Fan power hub: allows you to connect four 3-pin fans to a single Molex for improved cable management

Dual-layer 0.8 mm steel / polycarbonate side panels

Triple-layer (aluminum, plastic, foam) front bezel with double-hinged door: opens up to 270°

Water cooling support: rear water cooling grommets

Enlarged CPU cutout

Front I/O ports:

– 2 x USB 3.0 with internal motherboard connector

– 2 x USB 2.0

– Audio In/Out

Bottom-mount PSU with dedicated intake and filter

The P280 enclosure retails at Php 6160.00 at select distributors/ e-tailers/ Octagon Computer Superstores and has a 3 year limited warranty.

My take on this is its price is quite competitive with the other enclosures (cases) out there in its price bracket. It’s different from the rest as it’s more of a low profile design that doesn’t scream with lights and large intakes.


The High Current Pro focuses on high power delivered to pc components efficiently and reliably, which is why the parts used is not found in your ordinary power supplies.

Here are the product details of the High Current Pro power supplies:


Features of the High Current Pro series (available to all):

80 PLUS™ Gold certified – up to 92% efficient
NVIDIA® SLI®-Ready certified, ATI CrossFireX™ certified
Intelligent Hybrid Cable Management utilizes a 10-pin modular connector system
Special heavy-gauge 16 AWG High Current cable for CPU connectors boosts conductivity, increasing efficiency and improving power delivery
2 x 8-pin CPU connectors i ncluded for dual-CPU gaming, server applications and high-end motherboards

Gold-plated high-current terminals for optimal conductivity

135 mm double ball bearing PWM fan for optimal and quiet cooling

Four fully-protected High Current +12V rails ensure high-end CPU and graphics cards compatibility
Up to 100% power available on +12V rails
DC-to-DC voltage regulator modules ensure stability and higher efficiency
Highest quality Japanese brand capacitors for long-term reliability
Double-layer PCB allows for heavy-duty components
ATX12V version 2.3 and EPS12V version 2.92 compliant

Full suite of industrial grade protection :
– Over current protection (OCP)
– Over voltage protection (OVP)
– Short circuit protection (SCP)
– Over power protection (OPP)
– Over temperature protection (OTP)

All cables braided and wrapped for better airflow and neatness
Universal Input – works on any 100V – 240V grid
Active Power Factor Correction (PFC) with PF : 0.99
MTB F: 100,000 hours
Meets ErP Lot 6: 2010 requirement : 5Vsb < 1W
AQ5 Antec Quality 5 year limited warranty on parts and labor
Safety : cUL, TÜV, CE, CB, FCC, C-TICK, CCC, BSMI, Gost-R

Unit Dimensions
– 3.4" (H) x 5.9"(W) x 7.1" (D)
– 86 mm (H) x 150 mm(W) x 180 mm (D)

750W Ratings – PHP9,490

                    +5V      +3.3V      +12V1-4      -12V      5Vsb

Max Load       25A          25A           40A          0.5A     3.0A

+12V1-4 maximum combined output: 744W (62A)

+3.3V and +5V combined maximum output: 150W

Total Continuous Power: 750W


Input Voltage                             100 ~ 240V ± 10%

Input frequency Range               50Hz ~ 60Hz

Input Current                             (11A @ 115V, 5.5A @ 230V)

Efficiency                                     Up to 92%

850W Ratings – PHP10,320

                      +5V      +3.3V      +12V1-4      -12V      5Vsb

Max Load         25A        25A          40A            0.5A      3.0A

+3.3V and +5V combined maximumm output: 160W

+12V11-4 combined maximum output: 840W (70A)

Total Continuous Power: 850W


Input Voltage                              100~240VAC ±10%

Input frequency Range                50Hz ~ 60Hz

Input Current                              12A @ 115VAC
                                                    6A @ 230VAC

Efficiency                                      Up to 92%


1200W Ratings – PHP14,700

                      +5V      +3.3V      +12V1-8      -12V      5Vsb

Max Load        25A        25A          30A            0.5A       4.0A

+3.3V and +5V combined maximumm output: 175W

+12V11-8 combined maximum output: 1188W (99A)

Total Continuous Power: 1200W


Input Voltage                             100~240VAC ±10%

Input frequency Range               50Hz ~ 60Hz

Input Current                             15A @ 115VAC
                                                    7A @ 230VAC

Efficiency                                    Min. 87% at full load

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Categories: Enclosures, Power Supplies

WD Releases HDDs for Ultrabooks

April 21, 2012 Leave a comment

While having an SSD is fast and dandy for ultrabooks, some people would still rely on having a primary hard disk on their thin and light laptops with enough space to hold their applications and files in without resorting to external drives (or using up an additional USB socket on a limited  machine).

WD just released its new thin ultrabook drives and here’s their official press (with price for the Philippine Market) on the next page

030912 WD Scorpio Blue_Huble 4752

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WD World Earth Day Regional Contest

April 17, 2012 Leave a comment

I’d like to share this contest ongoing over at Western Digital for the World Earth Day Celebrations. Get the chance to win either a trip to South Africa or Hard Drives.


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Mass Effect 3… It Ain’t Over Yet

April 8, 2012 Leave a comment

As was announced on PAX East, Bioware’s going to release an extended ending to Mass Effect 3. Now to those who’ve played it, one would notice that it’s not as explosive as it should be. It’s good enough, but it’s lacking that Oomph that it should have. Also, given the dynamics of the game having a huge necessity for it to have DLCs (I remember Part 1 being one of the early games that introduced the concept of Downloadable Content for consoles, PCs have it as Expansions) that contributed much into the story. Having that knowledge, there’s something missing and I’d bet that things would be clearer in the Summer (another hmm, summer in the US is usually big budget blockbuster movies month). I’m smelling Bioware is pulling a major-major poker face to everyone.

Now, here’s one of them theories as to why the ending’s not complete. Be warned to those who haven’t finished ME3, it’ll cover aspects of the ending.

It’s like throwing a huge wtf in your face once pieced together. Bioware’s mum and I’m smelling poker face here (as I do a good poker face when playing… poker).


Also, next week, Bioware’s updating the Multiplayer of ME3. Introducing the Krogan Battlemaster (aka Krogan Vanguard), Batarian Soldier, Geth Infiltrator and Engineer, and Asari Justicars (Sentinels). Adding to the characters are a bunch of weapons not found in previous games. Harpoon Guns for Brutes yipee. Krogan Biotic Charges oh my.

I really, really don’t like seeing an angry bird… I mean an Angry Krogan doing a biotic charge right at you… it’s scary.
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