Between the sleek and sophisticated looks of this chassis, and the feature set it offers, Antec not only evolved the P380 to a new level from its predecessors, but it also affords customers a lot of bang for buck.
The use of thick aluminum typically drives the price up on a chassis, but in the P380, it only drives up the sexy factor. The chassis is rock solid, even with the bays removed, there was no obvious flex or lack of support. With measures added to achieve some level of sound absorption, the most we heard from this chassis was 30dB with the trio of fans set to run at their highest speed. Running a hand through the chassis and next to the vents, you can easily feel the flow that these three fans provide. Everything is as it should be.
While we did find the cables to be a fair bit short for the layout of the chassis, we were still able to get them plugged in. We could have opted for other routes for them, but who wants wiring running across their motherboard - we certainly don't. We also felt that Antec could have offered a tray or two behind the motherboard tray, as the removal of the HDD cage eliminated all locations for storage. We did like the space afforded by removing it, however. At that point, you have room for a 360mm radiator in the front, a 360mm radiator at the top, and even though they do not specify it, we had no issues putting one in the back for our build. In all reality, Antec has lived up to the hype that we have heard all these years from their Performance One series of cases.
Even with its shortcomings, the Antec P380 has won us over. A nicely refined design, use of thick aluminum at the top and bottom, power and reset switches on both sides, and the option to install a slim optical drive, they are all just icing on the cake. While we will have to detract some points for the storage and wiring issues, this Antec full-tower chassis will still score well. When you factor in that you can have this chassis for $130, it just makes it all that much sweeter of a case.
You will be hard pressed to find an exterior of this caliber along with the feature set provided in this design. With all of this in mind, short wires and potential lack of storage locations, if you just change things around a little bit, you can easily rectify these issues, and have a super slick looking build for all your friends to be jealous of.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD4-B3
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H80i GT (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL6D-4GBXH
- Video Card: ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP. Extreme Edition (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SuperSpeed 128GB SSD
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||93%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: Antec's P380 is the latest in a long line of superb cases! The redesign is on point, the appeal is sleek and sophisticated, and this is a chassis worth every penny it costs to obtain it.
PRICING: You can find the Antec Performance One P380 Full-Tower Chassis for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Antec Performance One P380 Full-Tower Chassis retails for $130 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Antec Performance One P380 Full-Tower Chassis retails for £120 at Amazon UK.
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