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Antec P70 Performance Series Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 3:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 58%Manufacturer: Antec

Inside the P70

 

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Sorry to be this blunt, but the first look inside of this chassis just screams cheaply built. The wiring is left flopping around and we do find hardware in the HDD rack, but it too is allowed to flop around in transit.

 

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We can see that the 5.25" bays use these spring loaded screws to mount devices on this side, and require regular screws on the back to secure your devices. What it harder to see is that the 3.5" adapter sections inside are bent up, but not correctly enough to fit a device in without having to re-bend them to suit such a device.

 

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The lower section in the front of the chassis offers this HDD rack riveted into the floor of the chassis. This will hold four 3.5" drives, it has a dedicated SDD placement on top, and when looking at product images, they also mount one with the screw holes in the side of the drive cage.

 

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The motherboard tray will house an ATX, Micro-ATX, or a Mini-ITX motherboard, and it does offer a large access hole. There are seven holes for wiring around it, none of which have grommets, and tie points are also limited in this design.

 

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The PSU sits on two strips of foam stuck to the bottom of the chassis and offers a large hole very near the PSU, and another further forward to help with wiring since space is limited behind the tray.

 

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One of the three fans that come with the chassis is this 120mm fan at the back. It is pre-wired to one of the controllers, which is nice, but this is 2015 already, and we are still getting break out expansions slot covers?

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, there is very little room for wiring, except the small area at the bottom where the PSU is installed. There is more room to the left obviously, but without a full set of bays, anything ran there will be easily seen when the door panel is off.

 

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Along with all of the fan controller leads and the Molex plug to power all three, there is also the native USB 3.0 connection, the button and lighting wires, and the HD Audio cable, all done in black, and plenty long enough to get where they need to be.

 

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Removing the front bezel, we find two things: one of course is that the fans mount here rather than inside of the chassis, which is not a big deal. The second part we find is that the top of the chassis offers no LED to back the clear strip at the top of the bezel.

 

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Unlocking the latch at the back allows the mesh cover to slide out the back and then be lifted off. Under this, we find there are the second and third 120mm fans included in the chassis. If you want to remove the entire top panel, just realize that the chassis wiring will have to come with it, so do it before you wire things up.

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