Antec Quality 3 Year Warranty
Antec, Inc., warrants its products to be free from defects resulting from faulty manufacture or faulty components under the following terms:
I. Warranty Length
Parts and labor are warranted for three (3) years from the date of purchase. Replacement products will be warranted for the remainder of the warranty period or thirty days, whichever is longer.
II. Who Is Protected
This warranty is enforceable only by the original consumer purchaser.
III. What Is And Is Not Covered
It is important to note that our warranty is not an unconditional guarantee for the 3-year length of the warranty. Antec Products are made from the finest materials available under our exacting manufacturing standards. But, like any other product, they are not indestructible. Therefore, our warranty does not cover product damage that may result from abuse or mishandling of the products, nor does it cover incidental or consequential damage.
As with any product, it should be expected that component parts, moving parts, wheels, etc. will show wear with use over time, and eventually may need to be refurbished or replaced. This type of normal wear and tear is naturally not covered by our warranty, but we will always be happy to provide you with prompt, high-quality repair service at a nominal cost.
All Antec products are covered by this 3 year warranty except iLuminate LED light products,chassis.
The following are not covered by the warranty:
1. Any product on which the serial number has been defaced, modified, or removed.
2. Damage, deterioration or malfunction resulting from:
- Accident, abuse, misuse, neglect, fire, water, lightning, or other acts of nature,commercial or industrial use unauthorized product modification or failure to follow instructions included with the product
- Repair or attempted repair by anyone not authorized by Antec, Inc.
- Any shipment damages (claims must be made with the carrier)
- Any other causes which does not relate to a product defect.
3. Cartons, cases, batteries, cabinets, tapes or accessories used with this product.
4. Antec, Inc. does not warrant that this product will meet your requirements. It is your responsibility to determine the suitability of this product for your purpose.
5. Removal or installation charges.
6. Shipping charges.
7. Any incidental charges.
IV. Exclusion Of Damages
Antec's sole obligation and liability under this warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of a defective product at our option. Antec shall not, in any event, be liable to the purchaser or any third party for any incidental or consequential damage, (including, but not limited to, damages resulting from interruption of service and loss of business), or liability in tort relating to this product or resulting from its use or possession.
V. Limitations Of Implied Warranties
There are no other oral or written warranties, expressed or implied, including but not limited to those of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The duration of implied warranties is limited to the warranty length specified in Paragraph I.
VI. Warranty Registration
It is not necessary to send anything to Antec, Inc. to register your products. In the event that warranty service is required, Antec, Inc. will request proof of purchase (store receipt or invoice).
VIII. For Warranty Service
If the repair is required within the warranty period, enclose the proof of purchase with the defective product and return it to the dealer. During the warranty period, your product will be repaired or replaced without charge, excluding shipping and handling.
To return your product for service, package the product securely in its original packaging and ship it postpaid. Your dealer or Antec will not be responsible for the damage due to shipping. Remember to enclose your proof of purchase and a clear description of the problem.
Antec - A Global Leader
Founded in 1986, Antec, Inc. is the leading global brand of high-performance computer components and accessories for the PC upgrade and do-it-yourself (DIY) markets. Antec pioneered this fast-growing category at retail and has quickly achieved a market-leading position in each country as our products have been introduced throughout the world. Antec has achieved equal success in the distribution channel meeting demand from quality-conscious system builders, VAR's and integrators.
Antec’s enclosure technology line-up includes a wide variety of cases, such as its quiet and stylish LifeStyle series, enhanced Performance Plus Series, and cost-effective Solution Series. The company’s solid rack mount cases address the demanding ISP, telecom and networking markets. Antec also offers cutting-edge power supplies, including the award-winning quiet TruePower range and the SmartPower Solution Series, as well as a variety of popular computing accessories such as our patented LED Fans.
Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in The Netherlands, Europe. In order to better respond to the growing demand for its products in Asia, Antec has also established partnerships with distributors in Australia and South-East Asia. Antec products are sold in over 25 countries throughout the world.
If you’re thinking about upgrading or building your own computer, you probably haven’t given too much thought to your power supply. Because power supplies are basically all the same. Right? Wrong. The truth is, a cheap, generic PSU — such as the type you’ll find for rock-bottom prices at your local retailer — can play havoc with your computer’s delicate components. These shoddy chunks of metal can destabilize your system, cause sudden crashes, and even damage your computer’s expensive components. So while you might save a few bucks in the short term, you’ll end up wishing you’d invested in a quality power supply from a reputable manufacturer. (Like us, for example.) Here’s why:
1. Cheap power supplies can’t deliver the stable power your system needs.
Your computer’s delicate components — such as CPUs, motherboards, video cards, and so on — need stable power in order to work properly. If they don’t get it, you’ll encounter all sorts of strange behavior, including unexpected crashes. So take a close look at how well your power supply regulates the voltage it delivers. Our TruePower series includes voltage-feedback circuitry, which automatically maintains output voltages within razor-sharp tolerances. (How sharp? Well, TruePower’s voltages never vary more than ±3%, which is much more accurate than the ±5% voltage variances that Intel’s specifications require.) Of course, generic PSUs can’t come close to matching TruePower’s precision.
2. Cheap power supplies can’t actually deliver their rated power outputs.
All ATX12V power supplies deliver their power via 3.3V, 5V, and 12V lines. That’s because some computer components (such as motherboards) require 3.3V power, while others (such as disk drives) require 12V power.
But most power supplies share one output circuit for the 5V and the 3.3V voltages. How does that affect you? If you add an extra 5V device, you’ll have less power available for your 3.3V devices. And since the output circuits are shared, a sudden increase in power demand from your 5V devices can interfere with the voltage flowing to your 3.3V devices. In plain English, that means your system won’t be very stable.
So what should you do? Look closely at the “3.3V and 5V combined output” specifications on any PSU you plan to buy. The total amount of power you can draw from those two output circuits combined is typically less than half of the impressive-sounding “total output” rating printed conspicuously on the package. For example, a look at one of our competitors’ so-called ‘430 Watt’ power supplies reveals the following:
- +3.3V rated 38A = 125.4W
- +5V rated 44A = 220W
- +3.3V plus +5V = 220W max
In plain English, if you bought this PSU and loaded 220 Watts’ worth of 5V devices into your system, you’d have zero power left for your motherboard. (And here you thought you were getting a 430 Watt power supply!)
That’s why we created TruePower. It includes dedicated voltage outputs for the 3.3V, 5V, and 12V lines. So there’s no harmful interaction between the separate voltage outputs, and there’s no combined-output limitation of the type discussed above. (Of course, you can’t exceed the maximum total output rating of the power supply, but that’s true for any power supply.)
3. Cheap power supplies are noisy little buggers.
All power supply manufacturers claim that their PSUs are ‘quiet.’ Or ‘ultra-quiet,’ ‘whisper-quiet,’ ‘virtually silent,’ and so forth. But in reality, the cheaper a PSU is, the noisier it’ll be. Some power supplies achieve ‘quiet’ performance only by requiring users to manually reduce the fan speed to a quieter setting when desired. (To be honest, we think this is nuts. Imagine having to reach behind your computer to turn your fan up or down….and imagine what’ll happen to your hot CPU when your computer’s working hard and you forget to increase the fan speed on your PSU?) Other PSUs include basic thermal-response systems, which spin the fans slower when your computer gets cooler.
While this is certainly preferable to the manually-adjustable option, these basic thermally-controlled units can’t touch the advanced temperature-response system found in our TruePower series. (See the graph below.) Thanks to that system, TruePower runs significantly quieter than any other fan-equipped PSU. Our award-winning SmartPower line also includes a superior thermal-control system that delivers remarkably quiet operation, at a lower price than our TruePower series.
As if that weren’t enough, TruePower also includes dedicated ‘Fan-Only’ power connectors, which allow you to turn your fixed-speed case fans into thermally-controlled variable-speed fans. As your computer cools down (when it’s idle, or when you’re running a simple program that doesn’t stress the CPU,) your TruePower unit will spin your case fans more slowly. So your whole system will run more quietly than you ever thought possible.
4. Cheap power supplies don’t last as long.
There’s a simple reason for this: the companies that manufacture bargain-basement PSUs need to cut corners somewhere. So they install lower-quality components with shorter “MTBFs” (Mean Time Between Failures.) While you might save a few bucks up front by buying one of these PSUs, you’ll end up replacing it sooner than you’d think.
That’s not how we build Antec power supplies. Our legendary TruePower models include two ultra-reliable double ball-bearing fans, plus gold-plated power connectors for superior electrical conductivity. We wrapped the main power cable in nylon sleeving, which improves airflow inside your case and makes TruePower easier to work with. And we gave TruePower a comprehensive range of connectors, including 2 SATA and 2 ‘Fan-Only’ connectors.
Continuing that tradition, our eminently affordable SmartPower series offers supremely reliable construction at surprisingly low prices. Its onboard temperature sensor allows it to run significantly cooler and quieter than standard PSUs, and its accurate power rating allows it to deliver its full rated power. (Unlike, we must point out, many other power supplies.) You’ll also find a comprehensive range of connectors (including 2 SATA connectors) attached to each SmartPower model.
So there you have it. A detailed explanation of why we’re always yammering about how wonderful our power supplies are. We hope you’ve found it useful. And next time you’re in the store, try to remember what you’ve learned. Don’t be tempted by that bargain-basement PSU. Just choose a reliable unit from a manufacturer that you trust. (Like us, we hope.)
IEvery day, our customers send us plenty of messages.
Would you like a noisier computer?
We didn't think so.
So here's our guide to creating a quieter one.
Some are helpful. Some are funny. And some are just bizarre, like the gentleman who wanted to know if Antec "is conspiring with extraterrestrial lifeforms to subjugate the human race." (Of course we are. Isn't that obvious?)
But occasionally, our customers remind us that all our efforts are worthwhile.
For instance, the email from someone who'd purchased one of our Quiet Computing™ cases. He stuffed it full of components and flipped the power switch - but nothing seemed to happen. 'Great,' he thought. 'I've got a bogus power supply.' But then he realized that his new computer was running perfectly well. It was just 'so obscenely quiet' (to quote him directly) that he didn't even realize it was on. That’s pretty cool, considering that we’ve put a lot of time and effort into making our Quiet Computing™ cases live up to that name. And it seems that we succeeded.
Why are we obsessed with quiet computers?
The answer is simple: most modern computers are noisy beasts. All those spinning fans, rotating DVD-ROM spindles, and warp-speed-rated hard drives create enough noise to drive anyone to distraction. But it doesn't have to be this way. Honestly. For a lot less than you'd think, you can have a virtually silent PC. And trust us: once you've experienced a truly quiet computer, you'll never go back.
It's easier than it seems.
In this section, you'll find loads of useful tips designed to help you create a blissfully quiet PC. Whether you're building a whole new system, or simply want to quiet your existing rig, we'll show you how.
The total PSU Wattage this tool recommends will give a general idea of the range of continuously available power (not peak power) at which you should be looking. But if you are planning to build a high end gaming system, total Amperage available on the +12V rails—and how that capacity is distributed—could be as or more important than total Watts of power.
So once you have established the likely power needs of your system, please make sure that any PSU you buy will provide sufficient Amps of current on the various rails for all of your devices, and that it will have the proven reliability, service and support you deserve.