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Antec's Skeleton Looks Cool in Literal Sense

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Talk about turned inside out ! Antec’s skeleton case looks more like a national monument than a PC case.

Imagine a PC case with no side panels, a domed shape, and multiple levels for the drives and motherboard. As Antec’s website states, "Think Beyond the Box," and that’s just what its Skeleton open-air ATX enclosure does with its revolutionary design. Featuring eight expansion slots, four drive bays and rack-mount quality side rails, this case will not only keep the PC’s innards cool, but impress friends as well.

"The target market is the kind of PC builder who leaves the doors off the side of his case, pops off the front door covering the optical drives, and wouldn’t have it any other way," says ExtremeTech’s Jason Cross in his review. "It’s certainly unique—so much so that it’s hard to pin a "good" or "bad" label on it. Odds are, you’ll see it and either know you have to have it, or wonder why anyone would ever want something like this."

While the Skeleton enclosure is impressive visually, one must question whether it actually protects computer components. Built as a rack instead of a case, sensitive electronics appear to be left out in the open, exposed to static discharge, dirty little fingers or a sleepy kitty looking for a cozy warm spot to nap. There’s also an issue of noise ; without side panels, there’s nothing to muffle the humming fans. And what of dust ? This case may bring more problems than prevent them.

If anything, Antec’s Skeleton is geared towards the hardcore PC user, those who prefer to exchange out parts on a weekly basis and leave off those pesky ATX case panels. The motherboard sits flat at the bottom, housed inside a high-density ABS frame reinforced with 0.8mm cold rolled steel. Although no power supply comes with the case, a huge 250mm TriCool fan sits perched upon the arching apex, with another 92mm HD cooling fan docked on the front.

"You’d think building a PC into such an open case would be easy, but it actually requires a bit more work than you’d think," Cross said. He also mentions that additional hard drives won’t fit inside the enclosure ; they’re mounted on the outside. Standing at 13" high and 15" wide, the case also comes with 2 USB (2.0) ports, 1 FireWire port and 1 eSATA. There’s even enough space to fir multiple 11-inch video cards, including NVIDIA 3-way SLI.

Currently Antec’s Skeleton open-air enclosure retails for approximately $170 to $180 (without power supply).

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    eklipz330 , October 14, 2008 11:20 AM
    w0w this thing is so ingenious
    yet, its SO DOPE[sorry if people dont say that anymore]

    i would totally buy this! but of course, i would have to get an acryllic case or something of the sort to place it in, something with plenty of holes to keep airflow up, and dirty hands down.

    BUT GOOD JOB ANTEC! just make clear housing to go with it =]
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    eklipz330 , October 14, 2008 11:21 AM
    0 and they should also release something that can work with watercooling, now that would be impressive to look at
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    noobe1981 , October 14, 2008 11:31 AM
    I think it looks awsome, and I would diffently buy it. Although I wouldn't if I had kids around lol.
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    GoodBytes , October 14, 2008 12:06 PM
    What is the point of a computer case.
    - For one it hold all your computer together.. granted this case does that.
    - Second, it is supposed to reduce noise... dam!
    - Third, it is supposed to protect your hardware... double dam!
    - Forth, engineered in a way to enhanced cooling... triple dam!
    - And fifth, be able to organize your work space by freeing up desk space... quadruple dam!

    Not only this case is more expensive, but it fails 4 out of 5, and even 5 out of 5 if it doens't follow your taste but it also is more expensive. You get similar result if you just leave your computer on your desk in parts., as it does the same thing and significantly cheaper, and even more easy to access.
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    neiroatopelcc , October 14, 2008 12:37 PM
    If they'd release a case based on this design, with built in water cooling and psu. Wires concealed in the chassis. Then I'd buy it instead of building my own. At present it just doesn't seem to have what it takes other than the looks.
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    MrHanMan , October 14, 2008 1:11 PM
    SWEET! this looks way cooler than that piece of plywood i've been screwing my computer to!
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    LAN_deRf_HA , October 14, 2008 2:10 PM
    This product is either really old and Tom's is just now mentioning it or it's been showing up at conventions for awhile. I know I've been seeing this thing for ages.
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    starhoof , October 14, 2008 3:38 PM
    I don't know, seems as components would overheat without proper airflow =(
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    daft , October 14, 2008 4:58 PM
    its not that new to the market, i found it on newegg a few days ago and thought bad @$$
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    eklipz330 , October 14, 2008 7:17 PM
    goodbytes, that looks like it some decent air cooling... i mean you seriously dont see that big @$$ fan on the top?

    and you never have to worry about negative or positive pressure!!! =]

    but this case is obviously for the enthusiast, not someone whose trying to save space on their desk... and again that fan is huge, i don't know what would make noise in that case, you can totally get passive coolers for everything, and a semi-quiet hdd, you'll be practically silent...

    you get my point
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    nukemaster , October 15, 2008 2:36 AM
    MrHanManSWEET! this looks way cooler than that piece of plywood i've been screwing my computer to!

    Post of the day!
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    Pixels303 , October 17, 2008 8:20 AM
    I guess this thing beats having to use a computer encased in expanding foam or in a LEGGO box. What will they think of next.
    Many points you had about this case are very legitimate.
    I would buy this case only to show it off to friends, and not for any usable computer system as it would get ugly quick with the dust in view.
    Antec has some great case designs I'd admit, and I would be proud to own one of their cases if it wasn't that I prefer building my own cases. My designs are a step ahead when it comes to keeping things cool, quiet and compact, and if I need more room, I simply redesign it for a different use. I always am a firm believer that if you want to do something right, do it yourself.
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    JumpKickJoe , January 15, 2009 3:17 PM
    It looks cool but just wouldnt cut it concerning airflow and the amount of dust you could keep out of it. I'm thinking some kind of mesh design that would still allow for that "all out there look' while still helping with airflow.
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    jjdu4 , January 24, 2009 1:17 PM
    Thats what they make compressed air for? This case is very cool
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    theirishboxer , February 15, 2009 5:53 PM
    i saw this thing in a store recently and its not very big. my first thought was the thing looked more like it was ready to take off in to the air than hold my mother board ill take my case door any day thank you