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Antec P101 Silent The Silent Guardian Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 1, 2019 2:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Antec

Inside the P101 Silent

 

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To remove the bezel, reach under the chassis and feel for the gap, then pull until the eight clips give lose. On the front of the chassis, we find the front I/O panel is still attached to the chassis, and we see the room for those wanting to use 140mm fans up front, and also the pair of holes to the right to wire them cleanly to the back of the motherboard tray.

 

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Both of the side panels of the chassis are backed with sound absorbing material, all the way to the edges of the panels. The front of the panel uses the lip we see here to grab onto the frame of the chassis, with a ball and socket at the back corners to hold them onto the chassis.

 

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While most cases try to eliminate things like HDD bays, ODD bays, or anything flashy, Antec opts for all three. We like the white motherboard tray in conjunction with the alternating expansion slot covers and the front door vents, and we always like when manufacturers offer everything, but do it modular, so we can decide what is needed for our builds.

 

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At the top of the interior, at the front of the chassis, is the single 5.25" bays, and we saw a pair of screws in the front of the frame for those who feel like removing it. It is only supported by the front of the chassis, and with more weight in it, it is likely to droop even further.

 

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Below the optical bay is a stack of four cages, each with two plastic sleds in them, which are drilled for both 3.5" and 2.5" drives. Easily accessed from this side, and wired from the back, which is also where you find the screws to remove any or all of the cages, including the base at the bottom. The bottom-most sled is where you will locate the hardware for the chassis.

 

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Usually, when looking at a motherboard tray, we cover the large access hole, the slot style wire tie points, and the motherboard compatibility, which Antec covers as good as any other, however, there is something else. There are dimples in the steel, seven in fact, with four holes in the dimple. These are also wire tie points, but offer options for orientation, and is something we would love to see in every case out there.

 

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Due to the full stack of storage drive bays, Antec had to shorten the PSU cover, and is why there is a 290mm limit on PSU length, including the wires. The Antec name is present on the vertical surface, it is angles slightly at the corner, and the top offers a pair of holes at the back for wires to pass through.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray, we see that the fans are all wired so that they are connected to the fan controller, while the rest of the chassis wires are bundled and tied to one of the wire channels. At the left, we see more of the dimple tie points, open spaces to wire the drives, and even an additional tray mounted below the CPU cooler access hole to provide room for an additional pair of 2.5" drives.

 

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The chassis wires are black, and only the last little bit of the HD Audio and USB 1.0 connectors have a bit of color showing. The power, power LED and reset leads are black to the tips, and the native USB 3.0 cable is standard as well. As to the length, the USB 3.0 along with the LED and button leads are plenty long enough, however, the USB 2.0 and HD Audio are shorter but still manage to get connected to our motherboard without too much hassle.

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