Thursday, September 18th 2008

Antec Teases Enthusiast Community with Skeleton Chassis

Antec is planning to take enthusiast PC chassis to the next level with the Skeleton Chassis. It breaks the mould with a design case-modders and overclockers would build themselves. It is an open-ended design suited for flat-bed setups ideal for benchmark enthusiasts and reviewers. The design is basically two stages stacked. The top stage holds the motherboard and the lower stage holds hard drives, PSU and related peripherals and wiring. The stages slide out, in case the user decides to use extreme cooling such as LN2 pots, etc. Otherwise, the arches above the top stage hold a powerful 250 mm fan to keep the entire stage cool.

Specifications:
  • 4 Drive Bays (External: 2 x 5.25in) (Internal: 2 x 3.5in)
  • Optional: 4 x 3.5in; side panel mounted drive trays
  • Layered tray design for greater system integration flexibility
  • Seven Expansion Slots including room for 11in video cards
  • cooling System: one top 250mm TriCool 3-speed multi color customisable LED Fan; one front 92mm HD cooling fan
  • Motherboard: Standard ATX
  • 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x FireWire (IEEE1394), 1 x eSATA, Audio (AC97’ and HDA compatible) In and Out
  • 0.8mm cold rolled steel
Source: Atomic PC
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42 Comments on Antec Teases Enthusiast Community with Skeleton Chassis

#2
Ahhzz
wow....that's pretty freaking sweet...
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#3
Whilhelm
That just made my day. Really cool case/test bed.

I wonder how much it is going to cost.
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#4
WhiteLotus
Bet fit gets this, i would if i was into this kind of stuff for sure.
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#5
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
woot i have my new test bench
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#6
jbunch07
All I can say is WOW! :)
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#7
dsdsdk
how the hell are you gonna work with it? this is stupid, way to many thing obstructing access to the mobo.. might as well have a normal cabi and take of the side everytime you need to fiddle..

pretty and cool yes, but functional?
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#8
Darkrealms
I agree if I needed a test bed this would definately be one of my top considerations.
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#9
jbunch07
by: dsdsdk
how the hell are you gonna work with it? this is stupid, way to many thing obstructing access to the mobo.. might as well have a normal cabi and take of the side everytime you need to fiddle..

pretty and cool yes, but functional?
look at the last picture. mobo tray slides out leaving you plenty of room to work on it.
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#10
Bonerheimer_c
This thing looks awesome, I wonder how hard it will be to mount a 120x240 radiator to it.
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#11
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
Im really wondering about cooler clearance...can you get a Xig or a TRU under that fan?
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#12
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
I wouldnt mind one of these 'cases' /rigs replacing my case - Id use it as a case & just toss a table cloth over it to keep the dust bunnies away when its powerd down. - Imagine how silent it would be
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#13
truehighroller1
by: FreedomEclipse
I wouldnt mind one of these 'cases' /rigs replacing my case - Id use it as a case & just toss a table cloth over it to keep the dust bunnies away when its powerd down. - Imagine how silent it would be
Very quiet, I can't wait to get one. I have a tru and something tells me they wouldn't screw them selves over by making it to tiny to fit one in there.
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#14
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
by: truehighroller1
Very quiet, I can't wait to get one. I have a tru and something tells me they wouldn't screw them selves over by making it to tiny to fit one in there.
look at the third shot above.... the Xig is way taller than my GPU. the hold down brace for the GPU seems to be the height of the fan on top!
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#15
intel igent
isn't this a repost?

nice idea just the same.......
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#16
truehighroller1
by: sneekypeet
look at the third shot above.... the Xig is way taller than my GPU. the hold down brace for the GPU seems to be the height of the fan on top!
If this true which I see what you are talking about here and it doesn't fit then duh is all I have to say.
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#19
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
by: dsdsdk
#10, I did look at the last picture, that's why i'm saying you might as well take the side of your cabi everytime.. imagine all the cables going in every direction, and then having to slide out that tray.

this is a real testbench! http://www.nokytech.net/banchetto_101_de_microcool_la_-7212-a.html
Only cables that would cause issue is the ones to the fan/power buttons up top. with the tray comes the PSU, HDD, and DVD, so the cables would still be in the same place!
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#20
newconroer
by: jbunch07
look at the last picture. mobo tray slides out leaving you plenty of room to work on it.
Ya but when's the last time innovative plastic actually worked ;)?

My first though was...dust much?
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#21
Darkrealms
by: newconroer
Ya but when's the last time innovative plastic actually worked ;)?

My first though was...dust much?
Air Compressor ; p
That thing would be so easy to clean
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#22
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
How much does it cost to buy one of those made of acrylic+aluminum (made by custom PC shops)?
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#23
chron
I saw a post about this a while back. I'd love to have one.
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#25
Haytch
Why not get a bag full of dust and just dump into onto your current rig ?
Why not pour that glass of coke over your cpu right now ?

Skeleton Chassis's are the oldest concept of cases. We evolved. I dont see the point in going backwards, esp if it looks like a skeleton.

And im sure everyone loves to spray their rigs with an air compressor, but thats because they didnt actually bother building the rig themselves, otherwise respect for the components would be an issue and they wouldnt run the risk of damaging their 6 weeks of cpu lapping effort for something so silly.

Testing purposes only ? Ye ok . . . But which technician would sit there and strap all that hardware to a case to check if a component works. There are much more productive and efficient means which ive always opted for.

Someone posted the Banchetto 101 - This is a more professionally designed unit that takes testers into consideration. I believe it also has the appealing looks over the Antec.
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