That Antec designed a new case may not really sound like news. After all, cases are the primary focus of the company, which offers dozens of models. However, this particular release is of special interest as the company has overhauled their lineup with a new flagship case, the Signature S10, a unique tower case of massive proportions. Meant to be Antec's engineering pinnacle, the Signature S10 is an aggressive combination of advanced thermal performance, versatility, and elegant aesthetics.

Measuring 60 cm tall and 59 cm deep (23.7" × 23.2"), the Signature S10 is one of the largest tower cases in existence. It also weights about 18 kg, making it a very heavy case that is certainly not designed for frequent movement. Still, the proportions of a case alone are not stimulating and not what is unique about this particular release. What is perhaps the most important point of the Signature S10 is that it features Antec's patented three chamber design internal architecture.

Exactly as the name suggests, the three chamber design architecture splits the interior of the Signature S10 into three compartments. The entire front of the case is reserved for hard disk drives, the bottom compartment is shared between the PSU and five 2.5" device trays, and the primary compartment is reserved for the main system alone. Note that, despite its size, the Signature S10 does not have any 5.25" drive bays, so the idea of an optical drive is truly dead for this case. However, there is a slot for a short 5.25" device (fan controller, card reader, etc.). The chassis is most likely made out of SECC steel and the buyer is given the choice between aluminum and smoked tempered glass doors for the side panels. If Antec's press release is accurate and we are talking about real glass, not Plexiglass, that would be a sight to behold.

As the Signature S10 is intended to be Antec's engineering pinnacle, the stock cooling of the case is intense. The very architecture of the case is supposed to aid thermal performance, forcing top-down airflow. There are seven stock fans, five 120 mm and two 140 mm, preinstalled into the Signature S10, the models and specifications of which are unknown at this point of time. To limit the insertion of dust, Antec installed micromesh air filters to each individual chamber.  

Obviously, Antec is trying to combine the very elegant appearance of the Signature series with outstanding thermal performance and expandability options, pitching the case as a good match for advanced gaming systems and workstations. Meanwhile it seems as Antec put every bit of their technology on the Signature S10, and the retail price reflects that, as the MSRP is just shy of $500. Consequently the potential market of the Signature S10 is going to be very small (if not very elite) limited to the most hardcore of enthusiasts who are willing to pay a very hefty price in order to combine elegant aesthetics and quality with thermal performance.

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  • surasak - Monday, June 01, 2015 - link

    I thought I'm fairly willing to put more than necessary money into a case and have considered something like a ft02 before. But man $500... And it doesn't even look THAT innovative. It's just a p18x with hard drive cages more isolated. Reply
  • chizow - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    Agreed, I used to be a huge fan of Antec's cases (900 and 1200 were awesome at the time), but they've just fallen way behind the likes of Cooler Master and Corsair. I just don't see what makes these things worth the price, is it made out of copper?

    Maybe if every single SSD/HDD bay had a SATA backplane, or it had some fancy 1200W PSU with pre-routed cabling....
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  • theness - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    Obviously it's not made out of copper. Aluminum is not cheap either. Reply
  • close - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    Is it just me or everybody is slapping the "Signature" or "Edition" brand on anything? Am I missing something about this, is there a special meaning or just marketing? Reply
  • Morawka - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    there is literally $10 of aluminum bud Reply
  • Margalus - Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - link

    aluminum is 77¢/lb, copper is $2.77/lb. Reply
  • Kutark - Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - link

    Molybdenum is $7.94/lb. Reply
  • Desired Username 2015 - Thursday, June 04, 2015 - link

    Just aluminum? They don't use aluminum alloy(6061-T6)? A vast majority of aluminum products that are available in the market and referred to as aluminum are actually aluminum alloys. How much does it cost to machine this case? The panel on it is clearly very thick 4mm.
    @Margalus
    Doesn't cost depend on the shape and thickness? Is it really accurate to provide price by lb?
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  • Margalus - Thursday, June 04, 2015 - link

    It's accurate for what I was replying to, which was someone saying Aluminum wasn't cheap. I gave the cost of the raw material at current market prices to see which was "cheap.

    For overall raw material cost alone, copper would probably end up costing over 50 times as much as aluminum because of the mass and price difference.
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  • theness - Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - link

    $500 is just the MSRP. Nothing in this industry sells for that. I'm sure we'll see something competitive. Compared to the lame Corsair 900D, this is a much better buy. Out of all the high end crazy cases out there, this is something that's refreshing in design and actually usable. Reply

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