The Antec P182 is the popular company's newest offering in its line of Performance One case designs. The new model sports a number of new features to accommodate water-cooling enthusiasts, as well as features for traditional cooling systems and a fancy, shiny body. The P182 is the successor to the widely reviewed and much liked P180. ThinkComputers delves into this case to see if it surpasses its predecessors.
Features & Specifications
Attractive gun metal black finish
Dual chambers structure: The power supply (not included) is located in the lower chamber to isolate heat from the system and lower system noise
Special three-layer side panels and front door (aluminum, plastic, aluminum) dampen system generated noise, making this one of the quietest cases available
0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability used through the majority of the chassis, 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4x HDD area
11 Drive Bays:
- External 4 x 5.25"; 1 x 3.5"
- Internal 6 x 3.5" for HDD
7 Expansion Slots
- 1 rear 120mm TriCool Fan (standard)
- 1 top 120mm TriCool fan (standard)
- 1 lower chamber 120mm TriCoolT Fan (standard)
- 1 front 120mm fan (optional)
- 1 middle 120mm fan (optional) to cool the VGA
External fan control on the rear panel for the top and rear fans in the upper chamber
Motherboard: Up to Standard ATX (12" x 9.6")
Double hinge door designed to open up to 270 Degrees
Rubber grommeted ports on the rear for liquid-cooling tubes allow you to mount external liquid-cooling hardware
Front-mounted ports provide convenient connections:
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1x IEEE 1394 (FireWire, i.Link)
- Audio In/Out (HDA & AC'97)
Cable organizers behind motherboard tray minimize cable clutter
- 21.3"(H) x 8.1"(W) x 19.9"(D)
- 52cm (H) x 21cm (W) x 51cm (D)
The P182 box is massive, simply put. I can barely get my arms around it to pick it up. Pictures of the various features of the P182 adorn the sides and Antec's motto "WITHOUT COMPROMISE" is boldly displayed (catch that double entendre?).
Inside the box is the case, a manual, drive rails (yay!), a screw bag, cable ties, fan braces, and the top grill.
For the interested, the manual is written in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese.