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Written by Mathew Williams   
Wednesday, 08 April 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Antec P183 Mid-Tower Computer Case
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Antec P183 Computer Case

Launched in 2005, the original Antec P180 case was immediately welcomed into the industry as one of the best cases of the year. A few years and a few revisions later, we find ourselves in the presence of its latest successor: the Antec Performance One P183 mid-tower case. While the basic design remains the same, Antec took their end-user feedback to heart and implemented several highly requested changes. Today at Benchmark Reviews, we look at those changes and find out how the Antec P183 stacks up against another recently launched enthusiast case: the CM Storm.

Antec has been building high-end cases for quite some time and it shows, particularly in their attention to detail and user feedback. The first and most obvious change to the P183 is to the exterior styling. The gun-metal color is unchanged from the previous model, however, Antec pulled the front panel vent design from the Antec Mini P180 and tweaked it a bit to accomodate the taller frame. They also got rid of the detachable top fan cover, replacing it with a more integrated approach.

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The interior of the Antec P183 has received some much needed attention as well. The fan mount that once divided the lower chamber has been moved to the front of the case, providing much more room to work and route cables--a welcome change for those of us with larger power supplies. Equally important, the air intake filters of the P183 have been revised to let more air into the case. Instead of the two small filters hidden behind stifling plastic doors, the entire front panel is now composed of open mesh filters. This open design proved effective in Antec's gaming cases and should help out here as well. Of course, we'll test this claim with some hard numbers in the benchmark section.

About the company: Antec

Antec, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of quiet, efficient and innovative products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators. Antec_Logo_250px.png

Antec's offering of enclosures includes a wide range of cases, such as its advanced Performance One Series, economical New Solution Series and VERIS family of media components designed for the home theater PC market. Antec's products also include front line power supplies, such as its premium Signature Series, powerful TruePower Quattro Series and EarthWatts, one of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are designed for the gaming demographic, like the premier gamer enclosure: the Nine Hundred. Antec also offers a line of computer accessories comprising many original products, including its patented LED fans and notebook cooling solutions.

Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as well as in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China and Taiwan. The company's products are sold in more than 40 countries throughout the world. Please visit www.antec.com for more information.



 

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# Some improvements in new revisionsNobody 2010-04-01 11:27
New revisions of P183 (which has an 'SSD Ready' sticker on the box) has mobo tray cut out (but the tray became more flimsy, it could be thicker at least) for cooler installation access and, according to sticker, has two 2.5" mounting bays (in upper chamber, combined with 3.5" bays)
Though, P183 has one little thing which I don't like: magnet, which holds front door in closed state is on the bottom of the door. When I try to open the door, it slightly skewing. Why Antec engineers do not place this magnet on the middle of the door, where door handle is?
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# RE: Antec P183 Mid-Tower Computer CaseJo 2010-06-29 16:20
Excellent review I was considering this case until now!
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# An excellent caseSomebody 2010-07-26 14:56
I recently built a new machine by re-using my old P180 case because of the great design for air flow, wiring, and noise reduction. The revised P183 with the improved front panel would have been slightly better.

If you can handle the weight and size and need many disk slots, the Antec P18x series is very quiet with convenient pull-out modules for disks that constantly remind me of the massive improvement over older designs. I use a fanless pwr supply.

The problem with the door magnets: there should be 2 magnets, middle and bottom of door. The original adhesive is not strong enough. If you can't find the middle magnet, it might have migrated elsewhere on the case. Superglue the magnets in and it works perfectly.

The 3 layer side panels can need 2 hands and an elbow to slide in, but the excellent sound deadening is worth it.
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# conflictMartin 2010-08-31 18:14
please notice the "corsair" power supply in the "Antec" Case. lol some trouble their.

one would at least expect a Antec Case with an Antec power supply and not with a competitor

just look very carefully at the pictures.
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# RE: conflictOlin Coles 2010-08-31 18:47
That's because Antec only sends a sample of the case, and we have to provide everything else in the system.
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# Door affect performance?Interested 2011-02-09 07:32
Did you do any testing between having the door open and closed? Obviously more noise will get out with it open, but I am curious to see if it will make cooling drastically better than the CM Storm.
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# No formal testingBruceBruce 2011-02-09 08:03
I didn't do formal testing, but during my time using the case, I din't notice either a drop in temps or a big increase in noise when the front door was open. There seems to be enough open area around the perimeter to keep the airflow up with the door closed. Of course, even the tiniest opening is enough for the noise to leak out, so I didn't see much change there either.
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# My case is slightly differentDeclan 2011-03-04 11:53
Hi. Nice review. I have just bought this case & I noticed a difference between it & the photo on page 8 of this review. On my case the motherboard backplate has been opened up. If you like, about half of the metal is gone from about half way up in that picture. I presume this to accomodate third party CPU coolers. I noted that you said they didn't make a provision for that. Well they have on my case it seems :)
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# RE: My case is slightly differentOlin Coles 2011-03-04 12:07
It's been two years since this review, so it's good to know Antec has made some tweaks to their design. Thank you for posting!
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