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Antec P120 Crystal Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 3)

By Shannon Robb from 5 days, 10 hours ago
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: AntecModel: P120 Crystal

P120 Crystal Mid-Tower Chassis

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The front of the P120 Crystal is clear, mildly tinted glass. You can see the mostly open space inside, but no fan mounting upfront as there are no airflow inlets on the front.

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The top of the chassis is one of the first places we see the "Performance Series" moniker on the chassis itself. The top has no ventilation as the PSU is mounted up top. Also, note the RH edge has the I/O running from the front next to the performance series logo.

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Here is the I/O and its layout.

  • Rectangular power button
  • Square recessed reset button
  • Separate headphone and microphone 3.2mm jacks
  • 2x USB 3.0 (USB 3.2 Gen 1) Type-A ports

For the price point, this I/O is acceptable, although, like the Lancool II, I would like to see the option to add a Type-C for users who want it. Also, note there are no power or HDD LEDs we could find, we will look at the cables internally later, and if the connectors exist, we will trace it and show where the LEDs reside.

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The main panel is a smoked or darkened glass panel. The main panel uses hinges you can see to the far left edge, and the panel is held shut with a slide latch you can see in the mid-front of the door. There is no ventilation possible here as well, which also supports that the front panel would be impossible to mount fans as there is no provision for airflow here.

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The rear I/O area of the P120 Crystal is quite intriguing, not just because of the top-mounted PSU. Yes, the most noticeable change from current trends in the movement of the PSU to the top of the P120 Crystal. The next major thing of note is the triple vertical mount, which means that there should be ample room for cooling airflow for your GPU should you opt to install the GPU in a vertical mount. The spacing of the I/O for the motherboard to the rear panel hints at ample space for cable management, we shall see soon.

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The cable management side of the P120 Crystal is a substantial steel panel, well mostly. The panel mounts like a standard panel with rear thumbscrews. The front edge of the panel has ventilation running from top to bottom, allowing the vertical fan/radiator mount to breathe should you install a radiator or fans in this location. If you look closely, you can see the internal magnetic filter keeping undesirable bits from getting into the chassis.

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The bottom of the chassis has a large removable dust filter covering the entirety of the bottom of the chassis. The feet of the chassis are on each corner of the chassis and are rectangular with similar rectangular rubber pads on the feet to avoid skidding. Front and rear feet are connected with its opposing side, as the feet double as a retention slot for the removable filter.

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Here we removed the filter to show the massive amount of slotted mounting holes for cooling at the bottom of the P120 Crystal.

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