Antec gave us a sneak peek at an early prototype most controversial case design yet: the Skeleton. It's a totally open air case design, your motherboard is mostly exposed and sits on the upper level of the "case" while below it you have room for a power supply, optical drive and hard drive. The entire thing is cooled by a slow spinning 250mm fan and there's enough room to passively cool your CPU with a good heatsink.

Availability will be around September of this year and pricing has yet to be determined. What you see in the gallery is a very early prototype, the final product will be made out of better materials and have some minor changes to allow for things like larger video cards.

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  • mmatis - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    Bet THAT would finally teach your cat not to screw around with electrical stuffies...
    }:-]
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  • Fallen Kell - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    Looks like if you own a pet or have small children in the house you will not be looking at this case. I am also sure the EMF this creates will also have fun with other things nearby. Reply
  • bigboxes - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    Unfortunately, a pc case is not just to house the parts. It's supposed to protect the parts from dust and the users (spilled drink?). It's also supposed to shield us from the EMI/RFI and noise. This "prototype" is cute, but hardly practical. Like others have said, it would make a good tester with some modifications. Reply
  • Fosters - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    here's the reasoning. Right now I'm running a nine hundred; that thing sucks in more dust than my vacuum. with this thing, all I'd have to do is point a can of compressed air at it and it'd be all clean. Also, I wouldn't be surprised that with a lot less air moving, and a lot fewer things hitting in the way, this thing wouldn't actually be quieter than a conventional case.

    oh, and in case of overclocking... flip compressed air can upside down, point at cpu heatsink, and boot up... oh, the possibilities!
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  • Jackattak - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    Some of you are as bad as those I find on car enthusiast websites bashing "spy photos" of next-gen cars in camo.

    Did any of you happen to notice the word "prototype" used liberally in the post description?

    With Antec's notable experience in the manufacture and design of PC cases I'm sure that they'll more than cover all of your layman's opinions/comments.

    Personally I think this is very cool and can't wait to see the finalized product. Kudos to Antec for keeping up innovation.

    Peace, J
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  • mindless1 - Monday, June 02, 2008 - link

    How much "notible experience" do you think they have? Would it interest you to know that they didn't design quite a few if not most of the cases they sell?

    Antec is mostly a product relabeler, not a designer or manufacturer beyond certain styling aspects. My layman *opinion* could easily exceed that of many at Antec. That doesn't make them bumbling idiots by any stretch, I'm sure there are quite a few there who are talented and experts, and playing odds, odds are some would have more expertise than me, but your generalized idea is not quite accurate.
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  • Donkeyshins - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    No way in hell that gets approved for the US. Not just for the 'open computer with exposed voltage' (however harmless) liability, but because there's no way that design would meet EMI and RFI output requirements. Reply
  • mindless1 - Monday, June 02, 2008 - link

    False. A case can be sold because a case alone does not generate EMI. What might not be legal is to sell a complete system "product" in such a case.

    Further, "open computer with exposed voltages" might also be incorrect. Note that even a typical wall wart has exposed voltage at it's plug and often a bit higher than the 12V accessible in a PC.
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  • Souka - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    wrap it with a grounded copper mesh net... and you'd have an awesome EMI/RFI shield...Faraday cage Reply
  • tayhimself - Friday, May 30, 2008 - link

    dumb dumb dumb dumb. Why is this on AT? Reply

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