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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

Closer Look: Exterior

In recent years, more and more hardware manufacturers have discovered the importance of not only making the product look visually appealing, but also the box it comes in. Antec knows this and the Performance One P183 is no exception. It arrived safely encased in an attractive, well-designed box with plenty of graphics and shelf appeal.

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Out of the box, the exterior styling changes I mentioned in the introduction are immediately obvious. The new vents add a certain aesthetic appeal to the Antec P183, and also allow air to move through the front of the case more freely.

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The hinge design of Antec P183 front door has also been redesigned to improve airflow. The small slats that once occupied that space have been replaced by much larger openings. My initial thought was that this might reduce the structural integrity of the hinge (making it flimsy), but so far it hasn't been an issue.

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The right side of the door gets the same treatment. In the above photo, we can also see the front I/O panel. The usual USB and audio ports are present and accounted for, but with the Antec P183, we also get an eSATA port. This replaces the FireWire of the previous models and should be a welcome addition for most users.

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The back side of the Antec P183 provides a few clues as to its inner structure. The bottom mounted power supply and full ATX accommodations are visible, as is the rear 120mm fan and water-cooling pass-throughs. These were carried over from previous models. One interesting change that stands out, however, is the addition of a larger power supply mounting plate, which I'll discuss further in the next section.



 

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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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