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Antec Performance One Series P280 Super Mid Tower Chassis Review - Final Thoughts

Reworking and rethinking a classic of yester year, the Performance One series gets a new addition with the P280 - Antec's throwback to the iconic P180.

| Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 15, 2011 1:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Antec

Final Thoughts

 

While the Antec P280 offers things like native USB 3.0, silence in operation, dust filters, tool-less installation and with plenty of room to grow in, it offers things most overlook when designing a chassis. The P280 will handle GIGABYTE's G1 Assassin and the MSI Big Bang Marshal with all the graphics power you can push inside of this chassis. That's right, a mid tower chassis with XL-ATX compatibility - unheard of to me until the P280 hit my desk. This is not to say that if you don't run this setup that the P280 still isn't the perfect solution for you. Even if you have a Mini-ITX board for now, this case will allow you to grow not only in the size of the motherboard, but with all the thought into the allotted space inside the chassis, internal water cooling is very feasible at the top of the chassis without any modding of the chassis needed. I really think Antec delivered a chassis that is fully functional with nothing that I can really think of that needs to be addressed besides the length of the wiring, but is something I have found with Antec cases for years.

 

Cool features that I liked about the chassis that still stand out in my mind are things like the 270° of swing in the front door. Usually doors don't open as wide and depending on the location of the chassis, that door can easily get in the way. With the dual hinge of the P280, that door can get completely out of your way making daily use easier. While there aren't any intake fans supplied in the P280, I liked that both sides of the hard drive racks allow for fans to be mounted on them. I also like the overall "sleeper" appeal of the P280. Even if you have a four GPU monster overclocked to the bleeding edge, when they see the P280 they would never assume to see an XL-ATX motherboard, water cooling, and potentially 13" graphics cards stacked four deep!

 

The possibilities and features in this chassis are just something that I have yet to see all in one package, and for those that offer close to what the Antec P280 brings, they typically are more expensive. I addressed that as you are reading this there will be a wait until stock becomes available - I was lucky enough to get one early so I could bring the P280 to you upon release. That being said, everything you just saw and the ability to dwarf builds that fill most mid tower cases, you can get it all for $139.95, as Antec's MSRP suggests. This pricing puts it head to head with quite a few of the more popular case choices in mid towers, and I have to tell you one thing. If you are in the market to buy a mid tower chassis, the Antec P280 super mid tower chassis is indeed a chassis worth the wait, and I suggest you do so to get everything you deserve for your investment and much, much more than what the others are offering!

 

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