Antec P280 Performance One PC Case

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Posted by  on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 2:20pm

Antec Performance One P280And with that being said today we will be talking a long hard look at the newest member to the family, the P280. The new P280 retains some of the sleek designs we come to love in the older models but once you really get inside the case you can see the many differences in them. Read on as we get to tour the P280 in its entirety.

Introduction to the Antec P280 Performance Case

Antec has had great success with their Performance One line of sleek cases. The series consist of the Mini P180, P183 and the P183. There have also been other models in the series as well that have been discontinued for whatever reason. But the remaining models have been around of some time now and many of us still have systems flowing along in them. No matter how great something is there is always room for improvement along with the integration of new technology.

And with that being said today we will be talking a long hard look at the newest member to the family, the P280. The new P280 retains some of the sleek designs we come to love in the older models but once you really get inside the case you can see the many differences in them. Read on as we get to tour the P280 in its entirety.

Antec’s take on the P280

Sophisticated and cutting-edge, the P280 emphasizes the ease of use, quiet technology and unparalleled performance characteristic of Antec's Performance One series. This advanced enclosure comes equipped with features that will maximize your PC experience, from Quiet Computing™ panels& HDD drive bays, to grommet-lined cable routing holes with ample space behind the motherboard tray. The P280 accommodates motherboards up to XL-ATX and includes nine expansion slots to support up to four 13.0" / 330 mm graphics cards. And with convenient tool-less optical drive bays, easy-access front & bottom PSU intake air filters, two front panel USB 3.0 ports and an affordable price, you get an elite enclosure that will last you for builds to come.


Specifications

Model

P280

Case Type

Super Mid Tower

Color(s)

Black with gunmetal anodized aluminum front door

Cooling System

• 2 x 120 mm top TwoCool™ exhaust fans
• 1 x 120 mm rear TwoCool™ exhaust fan
• 2 x 120 mm internal intake fans (optional)
• 2 x 120 mm front intake fans (optional)
• Fan power hub allows you to connect four 3-pin fans to a single Molex for improved cable management

Drive Bays

• 3 x 5.25” tool-less drive bays
• 2 x 2.5” drive bays (dedicated)
• 6 x 3.5” / 2.5” drive trays

Front Ports

2 x USB 3.0 with internal motherboard connector
2 x USB 2.0
Audio In/Out

Expansion Slots /
video card size

• 9 expansion slots
• Maximum video card size: 13” / 330 mm

Maximum CPU Cooler Height

6.7" / 170 mm

PSU

No power supply included

Motherboard Support

XL-ATX [13.6” x 10.3” (345 mm x 262 mm)], Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX

CPU Cutout

Enlarged CPU cutout

Cable Management

30 mm of cable routing space behind motherboard tray

Side panel features

None

Dimensions

• Unit Dimensions:
- 526 mm (H) x 231 mm (W) x 562 mm (D)
-20.7” (H) x 9.1” (W) x 22.1” (D)
• Package Dimensions:
-575 mm (H) x 290 mm (W) x 630 mm (D)
-22.6” (H) x 11.4” (W) x 24.8” (D)

Weight

• Net Weight: 22.3 lbs / 10.2 kg
• Gross Weight: 26.5 lbs / 12.0 kg

Features

9 expansion slots and up to XL-ATX motherboards
2 front panel USB 3.0 ports
Advanced cooling system: includes 3 fans and 4 additional fan mounts
Dual-layer design: 0.8 mm steel / polycarbonate side panels deaden noise
6 quiet 3.5” / 2.5” drive bays utilize trays with preinstalled silicone grommets
120 mm internal intake fans (optional)
Triple-layer (aluminum, plastic, foam) front bezel with double-hinged door: opens up to 270°
Grommet-lined cable routing holes with 30 mm of space behind the motherboard tray
3 tool-less 5.25” drive bays
Fan power hub: 4 x 3-pin fan connector on a single Molex
PSU intake & front air filters


Closer look at the exterior

The new P280 has received some upgrades that many of us wanting more of an ultimate system would like and it begins with the larger interior that will now support XL-ATX motherboards. The sales of motherboard likes the ASUS Black Edition Rampage and Gigabyte G1 series are quickly becoming popular. But the support of cases sometimes hinders the builder’s ability to get the system completely built. There when cases like the P280 comes in hand.

Antec considers the P280 a Super Mid tower due mostly to its increase in size and it wide range of cooling possibilities.  When it comes to size the P280 stands just over 20” inches and sits 22” deep. The width was also expanded to accommodate larger CPU coolers and to support the addition of the side vents for more air take.

One feature that helps to keep the sleekness of the case remains and that is the full-length front door panel. The door is layer with aluminum, plastic and foam to aid in the lowering of noise from the case. This is a feature many of us love as it hides much of the cluster that makes up the front of a case. One nice thing now with the P280 is the power button no longer sits behind the door but on top of the case. So, opening the door is no longer needed just to power on the system.

Also not behind the door panel is the I/O area of the case. Its sits just above the door in plain sight but far from being a distraction. The ports include two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and the audio jacks.

Opening the panel you are greeted with three optical drive bays covered with plastic plates. Just below them is a dust filter that would hide dual 120mm fans the builder could buy and add to the case.

Here we have a view of the top of the case and the dual 120mm cooling sitting behind some honeycomb mesh.

You will not see any windows or vents mounted to the side of the P280, just solid pieces of the metal and a clean look. But the sides of the case are polycarbonate.

The P280 sits on four rubber mounts screwed to the bottom of the case. There is a lone vent for the fan of the power supply. And many of you will be happy there is a dust filter to protect the inside of the case and can be removed without going inside the case.

Here we have the rear of the P280. The layout is pretty common with what we have seen from the industry in the past few years. The one thing we did notice was our sample came with a small dent on the upper right corner near the fan controller. We can’t say where the dent came from but the box of the case was in perfect condition.

The fan controller is defaulted to control the two top fans and the rear mounted fans. There are only two speeds which are low and high.

The aid in air ventilation a majority if the rear of the case is vented including the PCI slot slots.


Closer look at the interior

The interior of the cases is also painted black to perfectly match the exterior. The arrangement is simple but yet effective. And we can really see the difference in this model than the older units. Long gone are the chambered sections and the solid piece HDD cages. Now we have a wide open enclosure. Wide enough to support video cards up to 13” in length.

The case comes with a total of three 120mm cooling fans and placement for four more. Each of the fans is Two-Cool units and installed as exhaust units. The other locations for fans are in the front of the case and mounting to the HDD cages close to the edge of the motherboard.

The motherboard tray is home to a large opening for the changing of CPU coolers and more than enough opening for routing cables to the back of the motherboard tray.

The mount for the power supply is made of plastic and rubber for better PSU placement.

Six plastic brackets are installed to allow for the use of six hard drives wither 2.5” or 3.5”.

The optical devices are secured in place with these plastic levers.


Build Images


Conclusion

Once again our love for the Performance One is shown. The new P280 is one of few cases on the market with a front door panel that I would say I would go out and purchase. It is not often we find a case with a door that has the clean sleek lines of the P280. This is a trend that had been carried down from older Performance One series cases.

The level of cooling has been expanded since the previous models as well. The new P280 can house a total of seven fans total for an unbelievable cooling aspect. The increase in width of case which adds to side vents being added is also another great idea when it comes to cooling.

And to help keep noise to a minimum a few features were added to the case. The first would be the three layers of the front panel, the use of polycarbonate sheets in the side panels and a fan controller. All of these make the environment after the completion of the system build more enjoyable as noise is not a factor.

The Antec P280 is priced at $140 online making it a bit more expensive than other mid-size towers. But the numerous features added to the case may make the cost well worth it.

Our test sample was received with some minor damage to the rear panel but we were assured that it was a freak accident and no consumers have received such a product.

 

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