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Written by Austin Downing   
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Detailed Interior Features

Just like the many other parts of life the devil is in the details for cases. Thankfully Antec made sure that they had all the details perfectly sorted out.


Antec has included three Antec TwoCool 120mm exhaust fans with the P280. Each of the TwoCool fans is rated for This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on high, and [email protected] on its low setting. Even better, since this make up the largest part of a case that can fail they each have a three-year warranty should anything go wrong.


The rubber grommets included allow users to safely route their cabling behind the motherboard tray without needing to worry about snagging their cables on sharp edges of the case.


The Antec P280 included a filter for enthusiast's power supply intakes making sure that their PSU is able to be kept cool and clean allowing for optimal performance throughout its life. Even better, the filter is easily removable without even opening the case allowing users to clean it without hassle.


Each of the 3.5"/2.5" drive caddies comes with rubber grommets that will absorb some of the vibrations created be the mechanical nature of hard drives. This helps increase the longevity of each drive and may increase the overall performance of a system with 5-6 hard drives.



# I Like HeavyChris 2012-04-03 08:27
There is a reason why Antec cases seem to always weigh more than their completion's. It's because they are built to a higher quality. I owned a lot of cases from all kinds of other manufactures and Antec always seemed to have a build better design and with better materials. I've own a mini p180 and a P182SE and a 800D from Corsair. I was NOT impressed with the 800D at all. Antec builds some of the highest quality cases. To be so bold, I would even say that they are better than LianLi's cases.
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# RE: I Like HeavyAustin Downing 2012-04-03 09:25
What it actually comes down to is building materials. I wish more companies would use aircraft grade aluminum. It is strong enough but much, much lighter than the steel designs of other companies. Just look at the Lian Li PC-90 case. It only weighed 14.7Lbs. Weight is a very superficial way of looking at build quality.
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# RE: RE: I Like HeavyChris 2012-04-03 09:41
That is very true, but I current have a LIAN LI PC-A05B and it is one REALLY flimsy case. Sure it does not weight a lot, but it seems quite fragile.
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# antec=good casesresere 2012-04-05 16:47
i do own, compare and recomend 'em. most of P1 series. i'm not a fanboy. others do also good cases.

good review.
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# DimensionsDrop 2012-05-28 16:57
According to the manual, the case dimensions should only be 20.7" x 9.1" x 22.1".
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# RE: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseWill 2012-07-20 14:29
The only great thing about this case is the 3.5, easy acces hard drive cage.

The Antec P193 is quieter and cools much better than the P280. If Antec had put 140mm fans in the top and the 200mm fan on the side, this would have been a great case. And if they had also put two 140mm fans in the front, it would have been the best case in the world.
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# RE: RE: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseArron 2012-09-06 11:21
Will: Moving the air in straight lines is thermally efficient and inherently quieter than any other type of airflow. As soon as you add any extra fans to the (front of the) top and especially on the sides, you get turbulence, vortexes and pressure ridges. The cooling performance then plummets. Even side vents or the late, non lamented (at least by me), CPU funnels take away a degree Celsius or two by fouling up the airstream. That is why any decent CPU cooler blows air across the CPU, not directly ?upwards? away from it ? the two benefits are better CPU cooling and (potentially, if not stuffed up by someone) better airstream management within the case. It is also a major factor in a number of (expensive, name brand) so-called high performance steel cases adding these things (side fans, extra fans in the wrong places) to remain fashionable and then they can only get adequate cooling by sounding like a jet engine because the airstream is inherently so poorly managed. I guess they keep your legs warm on that side and keep power station owners happy.
I really wish that BMR readers would stop suggesting this - it is the least effective method I know of for cooling a case.
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# RE: RE: RE: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseChris 2012-09-06 19:56
so a single fan pulling all the air in straight lines through the case would decrease temperatures? That's what I got from your post. And my video cards disagree. They say that the side panel fan keeps them cooler.
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# RE: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseArron 2012-09-08 10:52
Chris: I tried to keep it brief in the first post. This is still a short & semi munted version, however it is a truly complex subject. Caveat: The following only applies to tower cases.

Single fan: I did not say a single front fan, although over the years I have installed hundreds of high powered CAD & CAM or video workstations with only one front and one rear fan, and I am currently experimenting with another video editing / rendering system in a Lian Li PC6 case ? one front and one rear fan. Tricky site, they have no computer real estate at their site ? all taken up with monitors, cameras, capture gear etc. etc., while they want it quiet enough to record sound in the room! Often two lower fronts & two rear tops are needed if the machine is being hammered. My extreme machines have three in each position (plus 2 CPU fans plus a PSU fan).

Video cards: A lot also depends on the design & orientation of the components - a lot of video cards have fans which push their own hot air either downwards, which is crazy (heat rises) or through the back of the case. Some video cards actually have frontal shrouds which block the case fans from doing their job. I use oversize heatsink video cards without fans for two reasons ? they are quiet, and they are designed to allow case fans to do their job. Current system(s), 2 * gigabyte GV-R677SL-1GD silent cell graphic cards (dual slot full length & height cards - the fastest cards I could get at the time without fans) which are driving 5 * 1080P monitors ? I am not a shoot'em up gamer, this is for video editing and rendering, ERPS reporting, research and writing. During initial (brutal) system testing, they stayed well below 50C (Celsius) in controlled 30C ambient. During my actual use their rear heatsinks are always warm when running hard, however they haven't ever reached close to that temp again (25C ambient helps). Another under-appreciated issue is the necessity for vented backplanes above and below the video cards, and preferably vents in the rear of the case to the left of the video cards as well.
In short ? futz the orientation of your components or vents up, and your system may well need an ever increasing number of fans running in all directions at ever increasing speeds to keep it cooler (and always relatively noisier).
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# RE: Antec P280 ATX Mid Tower Computer CaseArron 2012-09-08 10:59
Quick explanation, being in Australia and using an Australian English character set, my dashes are turning into question marks on this site. Arron
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