What's the problem with Antec?

By DragonMaster
Mar 7, 2006
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  1. What's the problem with Antec?

    Their front USB *wire* is not compatible with half of the mainboards AND the front USB *PCB* is often USB1.1 only...

    What's the problem with the wire?
    They won't stop saying that they follow the Intel standard (here):
    http://www.antec.com/us/support_roductInfo_FAQ.php?Qnumber=9&FAQno=15
    But that pin 10 is supposed to be NC -- no wire!
    See for yourself the Intel specs : (page 28)
    http://www.formfactors.org/developer\specs\A2928604-005.pdf

    So?
    Some mobos use it as "OverCurrent" meaning that it might stop working if you connect it. They say that re-locating the pin 10 wire to an other ground pin would cause compatibility problems. Right...

    And the PCB?
    The give a free upgrade kit. Why not put the USB 2.0 PCB with the case instead of an upgrade?

    Also, I heard that some USB and firewire pins polarity were reversed.
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,195

    I didn't have any problems with my antec case(1650b) with my chaintech (vnf4/ultra) motherboard. The front usb seems to run at 2.0 speeds to me. What model case do you have an issue with?

    If it the case usb connection doesn't match the mobo's pinouts, then I'd mod the connector to have the wires go to the proper pins. Some connectors allow the pins to be pulled out of the plastic block and repositioned.
  3. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 430

    Sonata II...

    Yes, I can mod the connector, but can't Antec get to do things right?(Only a few mobos have the "pin 10" as ground) They believe that putting the ground pin to an other ground is going to make compatibility problems. It can't... Also, they'd just follow the Intel specs for real if they do this.
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    I have the Sonata II case, and an Asus motherboard. No problems here...
  5. DragonMaster

    DragonMaster Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 430

    The pin they use as ground(Which should be NC) was not used to look for overcurrent on your mobo...
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