Published on Monday, 14 March 2016 15:04
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As we've already mentioned in several previous reviews the market is flooded with PC cases of all shapes and sizes and with enough features to cover even the most demanding users. Still with just a few exceptions like the original Level 10 by Thermaltake, Obsidian 900D by Corsair, TJ11 Temjin by SilverStone, H-Tower by In Win, Cosmos II by Cooler Master and the PC-888 by Lian Li we haven't seen many special full towers in the market with build quality as their primary focus (followed closely however by design). We do of course realize that most manufacturers out there focus in catering the needs of the mainstream consumer base since that's where the serious bucks are but we strongly believe that they should all offer products for every single one consumer out there. Antec is among the manufacturers that didn't rush to offer something on par with all the cases we mentioned so when they launched the Signature S10 Premium Tower we asked for one and finally after quite a few months it reached our lab.
Antec, Inc., is the leading global brand of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in these industries and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of efficient, quiet, and reliable 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 large range of cases, such as its technically advanced Performance One Series, cost-effective New Solution Series and server grade cases designed for the needs of all workstation and server markets. Antec’s products also include front line power supplies such as its TruePower Quattro Series and EarthWatts, the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are geared toward the gaming demographic, like the Nine Hundred, the premier gamer enclosure. Antec also offers a computing accessories line comprised of 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 Germany, China and Taiwan. The company’s products are sold in more than 40 countries throughout the world.
Much like the Obsidian 900D or the Cosmos II the Signature S10 is aimed towards people who'd like to use one of the larger XL-ATX mainboards so that alone means you can expect lots of interior space. Unfortunately the interior of the Signature S10 may not be just as spacious as the one of the Obsidian 900D (or the Cosmos II) but even so it's three chamber design (separates the enclosure into three thermal zones) should be more than enough for most people so aside the 4 long graphics cards (up to 317.5mm in length) you can also use pretty much every CPU cooler around (as long as it’s up to 165mm tall), can outfit it with a total of eight 120/140mm fans (7 are already present) or 3 radiators (top 280mm, front 360mm and rear 120mm) and can mount up to a grand total of 14 drives (six 3.5" and eight 2.5"). In terms of quality almost the all of the exterior is made out of anodized brushed aluminum (the doors are 4mm thick) while the interior is made out of regular aluminum (rubber and hard plastic are also present in some areas). So the time has come for us to find out whether or not the S10 is worthy to bear the Signature name.