Antec announced last week what sounded like a replacement
for their popular Aria case. The
release states the new “Fusion” case will be available on March 1st
at a price dependent “upon final feature set.” I don’t know
if that means you can add optional features or whether the
press release was written before the design was
In either case [pun intended – ed.], there isn’t much else
known except for what’s in the press release:
430 watt power supply (PSU).
Dual 120mm cooling fans.
Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD).
The VFD will probably get most of the attention but what’s
important to me is the power supply. What with the
higher energy consumption/heat output of modern CPUs and the
need for multiple hard drives and at least two TV tuners (for
regular and high definition), a high power PSU is required. So I am very glad I had not yet purchased a case
for the media PC I am putting together.
But all may not be better in the new case. It is unclear
whether the addition of the VFD means Antec sacrificed the
Aria’s 8-in-one card reader. If so, you’ll have decide how
important that was. For me, I don’t think it much matters
since I would be using mine to view/record video, not still
images. That said, if you need to transfer still images to the
drive you could always use an USB-based reader.
All-in-all, unless th Fusion is more expensive than the
Aria (about $129USD), I’ll probably buy the Fusion.
Lunch time update: I’ve been able to find a picture of the
case and I’m very disappointed that it appears to be a
variation of the
Overture II case rather than the Aria. That is, rather than being a small
form factor type case, it appears to be the similar in size
to many horizontal desktop cases (i.e., larger than what I
want). Sigh. I guess I’m back to looking for a small form
factor case that takes standard micro-ATX motherboards and
has a PSU rated at higher than 300 watts. I hope Antec will update their Aria but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.