Hardware: A Closer Look
Überclok starts off with an Antec Nine Hundred ATX mid-tower case, which includes two 120 mm front-mounted intake fans, a 120 mm rear-mounted exhaust fan, and an enormous 200 mm top-panel exhaust fan. The three 120 mm fans feature triple-LED lighting, while the 200 mm fan features a manual three-speed switch. Überclok sets the top fan to low-speed mode for virtually silent operation.
Antec’s bottom-mounted power supply bracket does complicate cabling a little, but a later look at Überclok’s cable management will show how the builder compensated. The only advantage of having a power supply at the bottom of this particular design is that it allowed Antec to position the previously-mentioned 200 mm fan at the top.
Also notice the two large grommets Antec provides every Nine Hundred chassis with to ease the installation of external liquid cooling kits.
Überclok found a nice place to put its logo on the Antec Nine Hundred, at the back of a top-panel tray. Antec placed all of its front-panel buttons and connectors on top, with a slight forward angle only slightly easing access for uses who prefer their desktop computers to sit on top of their desks.
The retail components used throughout most of the Ion PC include driver disks, manuals, cables, and adapters, so the Überclok packages them with its system. Notice that even the case’s spare screws are included to allow easy end-user upgrade, and that the graphics cables include DVI-I to HDMI and VGA, Component, and Composite Video adapters.
Überclok includes only the most basic keyboard and mouse in its base kit, allowing fussy users to carry over their favorites from a previous system without overspending on parts they might not want.