Antec Sonata is a well known series of cases to most our readers and now that the manufacturer has announced the next model of the family it brings several interesting innovations. Sonata Elite is, just like its predecessor, a case focusing on noise, or lack of it. It sports a silencing case material, silicone support for the harddrives and a new 120mm fan for the expansion card that should make it the best case of the series yet. The price of Sonata Elite will be $119, without power supply.
The press release contains additional information;
The Sonata Elite Enclosure Improves on the Sonata Family’s Renowned Quiet ComputingTM Features With Even Greater Quiet, Stability and Style
FREMONT, CA–(Marketwire – December 15, 2008) – Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has announced that it is launching the Sonata Elite, the latest addition to Antec’s Sonata Family line of quiet PC cases. Introducing a distinct air flow design and sleek new aesthetics, the Sonata Elite offers new improvements while maintaining the original features preferred by quiet-conscious consumers.
Continuing with the Sonata Family’s core Quiet Computing™ technologies, the Sonata Elite includes sound-deadening, two-layer (steel with polycarbonate) side and top panels, while the dedicated hard drive compartments feature soft silicone grommets to reduce vibration and decrease system-generated noise.
For system cooling, the Sonata Elite comes equipped with an innovative side air intake vent that creates a smooth airstream to flow naturally over the hard drive bays to the rear of the case. A quiet 120mm TriCool™ rear exhaust fan and 120mm rear slot exhaust blower provide additional cooling, with three-speed controls to balance between minimum noise and maximum cooling. The Sonata Elite also includes built-in washable air filters to prevent dust build-up and promote airflow.
Designed with system builders and PC enthusiasts in mind, the Sonata Elite includes seven expansion slots, three external 5.25″ drive bays, four internal 3.5″ drive bays and an adapter for additional 3.5″ devices. The Sonata Elite does not include a power supply, allowing builders flexibility with their power supply customization. For easy access to I/O ports, the Sonata Elite features front-mounted USB, eSATA and HD audio ports. The case supports Mini-ITX, microATX and Standard ATX motherboards.
”Antec set the standard in quiet computing with the original Sonata design,” said Scott Richards, senior vice president at Antec. ”The Sonata Elite’s cutting edge features meet and surpass the needs of silent PC enthusiasts by offering improved quiet technologies, advanced airflow and an exciting new take on the Sonata Family legacy.”
The Sonata Elite is available for an estimated price of $119.00 through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors. The Sonata Elite is backed by Antec’s Quality 3-Year Warranty. For additional product information and full technical specifications, please visit: www.antec.com.
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About Antec, Inc.
Antec, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of quiet, efficient and innovative products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.
Antec’s offering of enclosures includes a wide range of cases, such as its advanced Performance One Series, sensible New Solution Series and VERIS family of media components designed for the home theater PC market. Antec’s products also include industry-leading power supplies, such as its premium Signature Series, powerful TruePower Quattro Series and EarthWatts, one of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are designed for the gaming demographic, like the premier gaming enclosure: the Twelve Hundred. Antec also offers a line of computer accessories comprising many original products, including its patented LED fans and notebook cooling solutions.
Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as well as in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China and Taiwan. The company’s products are sold in more than 40 countries throughout the world. Please visit www.antec.com for more information.
As part of its commitment to the gaming industry, Antec is a member of the non-profit organization PC Gaming Alliance, with Senior Vice President Scott Richards sitting on the board of directors.