Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
The last chassis we saw from Antec was an open-air design with tons of angles, tempered glass, and is another of the cases out there that tend to be a showcase design, where you almost need to be perfect in the build process. Many out there enjoy what an open-air design offers, like easy access, much improved cooling potential, and the fact that you have something awesome housing your components to show off to all of your friends. However, there is a flip side to consider. Pets, children, noise, and to most, it is dust that keeps many away from an open-air chassis. Luckily, Antec has products across many segments of the consumer market, and is what brings us to the new chassis we have now.
With the chassis in hand, the script has been flipped, and rather than having a chassis that can breathe from anywhere, and no considerations were made for noise levels, we now have a case that deals with both. Not only are sound dampening materials found inside of the chassis, but Antec has chosen a monolithic design with no hints at RGB illumination, no view inside of the chassis, and while it may seem like a design we have looked at many times before, once you get up close and personal with this chassis, you will find a couple of things to make the chassis even more user friendly, and one of the changes we noticed here is also one of the smartest we have seen industry-wide.
From the Performance Series of Antec cases, they have sent the Silent Guardian mid-tower chassis, also known as the P101 Silent. In the chassis you will find a good mix of old-school concepts implemented with an eye for customization, intermixed with things like a fan controller, plenty of chassis fans to get the average user into action, all with the thought of having a feature rich offering that will not drain your account to get one. If you prefer the PC at your side to be seen and not heard, you don't have any need to see through the side panel, and you desire a chassis with subtle styling and nothing flashy, this may be a solid contender for your next build.
The P101 is a mid-tower chassis which measures 527mm from front to back, it is 232mm wide, and it stands 506mm tall, The chassis is made mostly of steel which is 0.8mm thick and painted black, but there are also bits like the feet, the front panel, and the front I/O panel which are made of plastic. While Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, and ATX motherboards will all fit inside, EATX motherboards will as well. On the front I/O panel, you will find two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a pair of HD Audio jacks, power and reset buttons, along with a two-speed fan controller than will also stop the fans if desired.
The P101 Silent offers eight expansion slots instead of the typical seven we normally see. On top of that small addition, the P101 has a usable 5.25" bay for those still rocking optical drives or have a need for other bay devices. As far as storage is concerned, there is room for eight 3.5" drives or eight 2.5" drives within the eight bays in a modular assembly of four cages. Behind the motherboard tray, there is another tray which will hold another pair of 2.5" drives for those that may want to remove the HDD cages altogether.
Cooling for this chassis is handled with either three 120mm or two 140mm fans in the front, both options are available in the back for a single fan, but that is it. However, Antec has filled all of the mounting locations with a trio of 120mm fans in the front, and a single 140mm fan in the back, all of which are connected to the fan controller. As to the water cooling support, the front is shown to be able to house less than or equal to 360mm radiators, and the back can house less than or equal to 140mm radiators.
Clearances are also listed, where we see there is 25mm behind the motherboard tray. Video cardsa can be 270mm long if you leave the HDD cages in play, but without them, the video cardsa can be 470mm long. CPU coolers can be 180mm tall and the door will still close, and when it comes to power supplies, the recommended maximum is 290mm. The last section of the chart offers up the mention of the two-year warranty, points out that there are dust filters in the front and at the bottom, and shows the P101 weighs in at nearly twelve kilograms.
When it comes to finding the P101 Silent chassis, all it took was to drop the name into the browser, and all sorts of links popped up. Amazon is currently offering the chassis for $129.96, which isn't all that bad for what you get in this chassis. However, if like us you enjoy saving money, Newegg is the better choice at this time. It is there where we see the Antec P101 Silent for $116.14 through a third party seller, and $124.43 where Newegg is listed as the seller. We do still feel that $100 is the magic price when it comes to a mid-tower chassis, but let's see if the extra money spent is worth it as we get into more detail with the Silent Guardian, the P101 Silent from Antec.
Chad's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IX Code Z270 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB TF1D48G3000HC16CBK
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: Samsung XP941 256GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: SilverStone SST-ST85F-G (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)