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Antec's Signature-Series S10 Is Huge, Fancy, And Expensive

For Computex 2015, Antec introduced the Signature series of cases. For this series, it's only launching the S10 case, which it teased a couple of days ago. The Signature cases are intended to be taken as the new flagship series, showing off Antec's innovative thinking and craftsmanship. With the S10, the company aims to show that there is a new way of thinking at Antec.

The Signature-Series S10 therefore features a rather different design from most cases, with not one, not two, but three internal chambers. One of the chambers houses the motherboard and graphics cards, another chamber houses the PSU and a handful of drives, and a third chamber accommodates the remainder of the hard drives.

With all the space, the case has room for motherboards as big as E-ATX, or down to Mini-ITX boards at the other end of the scale. It has ten expansion slots, which gives you room for up to four dual-slot graphics cards, each of which can be up to 330 mm long. Tower CPU coolers can be up to 165 mm tall.

In the bottom chamber, you’ll be able to fit long ATX power supplies, along with five 2.5" SSDs or hard drives. The front chamber can be home to six 3.5" hard drives and three 2.5" drives.

Airflow is handled somewhat peculiarly. Rather than being drawn from the front of the case, about one third of the way back, there is a gap between the motherboard chamber and the front hard drive chamber. The air is drawn into the motherboard chamber through that gap, passing through a removable air filter on the way.

In the front chamber, cold air is drawn from the top of the case, pushing the warm air down to the bottom. Because this goes against natural convection, we reached out to Antec to ask about this design choice. A rep told us that due to cold air being heavier and sinking, a high pressure fan can pull cold air down and create enough pressure to force the small amounts of heat down with it out the bottom. He said this reduces the need for high fan speeds, enabling more silent operation.

The exterior of the case has a very elegant and minimalist design. Even so, the S10 isn't a small case by any means. It measures 602 x 230 x 590 mm, and it weighs a hefty 17.71 kg when empty. The motherboard and PSU chamber share side aluminum panels, as does the hard drive chamber. All of the side panels sit on hinges, which makes them doors, actually. They are removable for easier assembly.

For cooling, the front of the motherboard cabin can hold a top-mounted 280 mm radiator, and the front has room for a 360 mm radiator. The rear exhaust will also house a radiator, albeit just a 120 mm unit. The PSU chamber and hard drive chamber both have support for a single 120 mm fan.

Front I/O is handled by four USB 3.0 ports, HD audio ports and a power button. There is also a short-depth 5.25" drive bay, although it won't fit an optical drive. It is only intended to house a fan controller. These are all mounted at the top of the case, and if you were to mount a fan controller or a card reader in the 5.25" bay, its façade would also point upwards. The case does not have a normal 5.25" drive bay, so you're out of luck if you need one. Even so, for a device that's rarely used these days, we'd say that's a worthy tradeoff for a clean exterior aesthetic.

Antec priced the case at $499, which is by no means cheap. If you're looking for a high-end case though, and you want something that's a bit less flashy, this one may be interesting to have a look at. Antec will also build a variant of the case with glass side panels, which will be known as the S10G. Unfortunately, we have no word on pricing or availability.

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  • Nuckles_56
    I'm surprised that they limited the max cooler height to 165mm, I would have thought for such a high end case, that they would have gone with 180mm
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  • Yuka
    At first glance, the HAF X or even the 932 is better.

    Cheers!
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  • Narcissistic_Martyr
    Oh look yet another "minimalistic" boring black case. Could we get some color in some of these cases? Maybe a nice forest green? Or a royal blue? Or heck clearcoat over brushed aluminium or stainless steel. There's absolutely no reason why pretty much every single case has to be black or rarely white.
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  • thundervore
    I do not understand why this case cost $500......

    Why is the 120mm fan mounted in the bottom in a pull orientation? All this will do is fight against convection and pull all the hot air from the HDD area down then when it rises naturally the middle chamber fans will suck that hot air into the GPU.
    Wouldn't it have been better to install the fan in a push at the bottom with a filter or place the fan in the top of the case in a pull, and place the filter at the bottom of the drive bays?

    On their website it shows the top fans used as intake but their is no removable dust filter installed in he the top so why use them as intake or demo them as intake? https://youtu.be/GYrFEXxQncM?t=80

    The USB ports are all USB3??? I have not seen a motherboard released lately with multiple internal headers. I know my board has 3 internal USB 3 headers but its a Z77 board which in the technology world is old now.

    On paper this may look good but lets actually see a review with components inside especially water cooling :)
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  • uglyduckling81
    It looks like a nice enough case. It should be $200 or less though.
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  • ern88
    I can buy 3 Phanteks cases for that price. And they are great cases. But if you like an aluinium built case. have at it!!!
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  • clonazepam
    Nothing short of taking it into the shower with you will get it completely clean and free of dust. The Antec badge on the front is huge.
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  • jimmysmitty
    The biggest issue I can see is that heat rises and the air above the case will be warmer than the air at the bottom of the cage. Especially when the exhaust fans will push hot air out the back then that will go back up.
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  • ern88
    I had a few ANTEC cases. And the last one I had was the 900 gamer. It sucked big time. I wouldn't buy another Antec case!!!!
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  • Shankovich
    Room for 4 GPU's, no window to see them....
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