Antec New Solution Series User Manual
New Solution Series
Manuel de l’utilisateur
Manuale per l’operatore
Manual del usuario
At Antec, we continually refine and improve our products to ensure the highest quality. As such, your new case may differ slightly from the description in this manual. This isn’t a problem; it’s simply an improvement. As of the date of publication, all features, descriptions, and illustrations in this manual are correct.
This manual is intended only as a guide for Antec’s Computer Enclosures. For more comprehensive instructions on installing the motherboard and peripherals, please refer to the user’s manuals that come with those components.
New Solution Series User’s Manual
Quiet Desktop Case
The Power Supply
NSK 2480 comes with an EarthWatts 380 Watt power supply. This universal input, active PFC, single 80mm fan cooled power supply follows the ATX12V version 2.2 specification, and includes dual +12V output rails that deliver safer and more reliable output to your system’s components. EarthWatts power supplies have achieved 80 PLUS® Certification, the latest independent standard in power supply efficiency, and their higher energy efficiency reduces power consumption by up to 25%, saving you money on your electricity bill. In addition EarthWatts includes a variety of protective circuitry: OPP (over power protection), OVP (over voltage protection), and SCP (short circuit protection).
The PSU comes with a main power switch. Make sure you turn the switch to the ON (I) position before you boot up the computer for the first time. Normally, you won’t need to switch to the OFF (O) position, since the PSU includes a soft on/off feature. This lets you turn the computer on and off by using the soft switch on the computer case. If the computer crashes and you can’t shut it down using the soft switch, you can switch the main power to the OFF (O) position to shut the system down. Then turn the switch back to the ON (I) position and reboot.
Although care has been taken to prevent sharp edges in your Antec case, we strongly recommend taking your time and the appropriate care when working with it. Hurried or careless motion and use of excessive force, particularly when you are working in areas you cannot see clearly, are but a few examples of activity that should be avoided. Please use reasonable precaution.
1.Place the case on a flat, stable surface.
2.Remove the thumbscrews from the back of the top panel. Slide the panel towards the rear to remove it from the case.
3.Inside the case you should see the power supply, some wiring with marked connectors (USB, PWR etc.), an installed I/O panel and a power cord.
The Triple Chamber structure
The case interior is divided into three separate chambers – the power supply chamber, the motherboard chamber and the HDD chamber. This triple chamber structure isolates heat and noise resulting in much quieter and cooler operation
than in a traditional desktop case. There are small openings between the chambers to allow for the routing of cables as needed.
Installing the Motherboard
This manual is not designed to cover CPU, RAM, or expansion card installation. Please consult the motherboard manual for specific mounting instructions and troubleshooting.
The motherboard is located inside the main chamber. Two 120mm TriCool™ fans are preinstalled right next to the CPU.
1.Lay the case down so that the open side is up. You should be able to see the drive bay and power supply.
2.Make sure you have the appropriate I/O panel for the motherboard. If the panel provided is not suitable for your motherboard, please contact the motherboard manufacturer for the correct I/O panel.
3.Line up the motherboard with the standoff holes. Determine which holes line up and remember where they are. Not all motherboards will match with all of the provided screw holes, and this is not necessary for proper functionality.
Some standoffs may be
4.Lift up and remove the motherboard.
5.Screw in the brass standoffs to the threaded holes that line up with the motherboard.
6.Place the motherboard on the brass standoffs.
7.Screw in the motherboard to the standoffs with the provided
8.The motherboard is now installed.
Connecting the Power and LED
The power supply conforms to the ATX12V Version 2.2 standard. Before you connect the power supply to any of the devices, please consult the appropriate user manuals for the motherboard and other peripherals.
2.Connect the Reset switch (labeled RESET SW) to the motherboard at the RST connector. Polarity (positive and negative) does not matter for switches.
3.Power Switch (labeled POWER SW) connects to the PWR connector on the motherboard.
4.Power LED connector is a molex connector with blue/white wires. Connect this to any molex connector on the power supply and this will illuminate the circle around the power button when the system is on.
5.Hard Drive LED (labeled HDD LED) connects to the IDE connector. For LEDs, colored wires are positive (+). White or black wires are negative
Connecting the USB Ports
You will find a single
Note: Please check the motherboard manual for the USB header pin layout and make sure it matches the table below. If it does not match this Intel® standard, please visit Antec’s web store at http://www.antec.com/StoreFront.bok and search for part number 30095 to order a USB Internal Adapter Cable. This adapter will allow you to connect the front USB to your motherboard on a
Motherboard Pin Layout
USB Power 1
USB Power 2
Negative Signal 1
Negative Signal 2
Positive Signal 1
Positive Signal 2
Key (No Connection)
Connecting the Audio Ports (AC’ 97 and HDA)
There is an Intel standard
10 6 4 2
9 7 5 3 1
Pin Assignment for Audio Ports (HDA and AC’97)
Line Out (R)
Line Out (R)
Key (no pin)
Key (no pin)
Line Out (L)
Line Out (L)
Hard disk Drive Installation
There is a hard disk drive bracket with soft silicone grommets inside the HDD chamber that can hold two hard drives.
1. Remove the HDD bracket from the chamber by removing the four screws on top of it.
2. Mount the left side of the hard drives (facing from the front of the hard drive) onto the drive bracket through the top silicone grommets with the special screws provided. (See picture 3) Note: Don’t
3.Place the HDD/bracket assembly back into the case. Each hard drive should rest on two soft silicone grommets preinstalled at the bottom of the case. It is optional, but not necessary to attach the hard drives with screws through the bottom grommets.
4.Fasten the bracket using the screws provided.
5.25” Device Installation
NSK 2480 incorporates a
To install an external 5.25” device:
2.Remove the corresponding drive bay cover to which you intend to install the device.
3.Insert the 5’25” device into the cage. Fasten the drive with the screws included.
(See Picture 4)
the power supply and connect it to the corresponding power connector on the device.
The 120mm TriCool™ fans
The NSK 2480 comes with two 120mm TriCool fans preinstalled. These fans sit right next to the CPU and are installed so that the air is blowing out of the case. Please leave at least 1” (2.5cm) between the right side of the case and anything that would block the exhaust from these fans. Failure to do so may cause the chamber or CPU to overheat.
These fans have a
Note regarding using fan speed controllers with TriCool fans:
The minimum voltage to start the fan is 5V. We recommend our users set the fan speed to High if the fan will be connected to a fan control device or to the
120 x 120 x 25.4 mm
10.2V ~ 13.8V
2.24 m³ / min
1.59 m³ / min
1.1 m³ / min
The Bottom Air Intake
There are intake vents at the bottom of the case right under the HDD chamber. Fresh cool air will flow through the vents through the hard drives, and then flow into the motherboard chamber and exhaust by the two 120mm TriCool fans. Note: Do not place the NSK2480 on a soft surface or over anything that will block the bottom air vents.
The Upper Air Intake
There are vents on the top panel above the PCI expansion slots. Fresh air will flow through them into the motherboard chamber to cool the VGA card.
Note: Do not place anything on top of the NSK2480 that will block the top air vents
The Rear Air Intake
There are vents right above the rear I/O panel and on the PCI expansion slot covers to bring in fresh air to help cool the CPU and VGA card.
CPU Air Guide
The CPU Air Guide and rear air intake work together to provide fresh air to the CPU cooler to enhance the CPU cooling. The CPU Air Guide consists of several sections that can be adjusted to best suit each individual motherboard
The Power Supply Air Intake
There are vents on the left side of the case to bring fresh air into the power supply chamber to cool the power supply.
Note: Please leave at least 1” (2.5cm) between the left side of the case and
anything that could block airflow to the power supply. This is required so that the power supply will have sufficient cooling.
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