When I first heard I was getting the P120 Crystal, I figured being the $99 price point and dual tempered glass panels, that it would suffer somewhere. When I received the P120, I was quite happy to see that the only real omission would be the absence of preinstalled fans. The exclusion is a noteworthy one, but it is something we see with increased frequency as many users want to choose their fans, which means the included ones are just extra unnecessary costs.
Performance testing with the P120 Crystal, we measured the ambient at 21.8C with an RH of 46%. The CPU showed an average delta over ambient of 46.3C, which is a few degrees higher than the average we see amongst most chassis. This is somewhat expected since the chassis' only fans are the two on the AIO and the one in the PSU. Therefore this is somewhat respectable as most users will install a few fans in the bottom as an inlet or an outlet at the rear. The GPU showed a delta of 40.7C, which also is a few degrees higher, which makes sense due to the GPU being a dual axial fan design that spills its heat into the case chamber.
Now we must look at what we like about the P120 Crystal. The P120 Crystal is a good value for the fitment and features you get. The top-mounted PSU, while strange to see, looks good with the included PSU shroud. The P120, while omitting grommets on eth cable management pockets, was rather simple to tie back and hide cables. The multiple 360mm radiator mounts enable the P120 to house a pretty massive liquid cooling build. The sliding latch for the main glass panel works well, and the hinge lifts off simply enough to remove the panel. The P120 is well filtered, and that is a welcome addition.
Now we must address things I do not care for as much or think could be better. The P120's included front panel cables are quite long and mean you have to manage them even with bottom mounted connectors. The PSU shroud would benefit from a solid removable panel for the sight window in case users didn't like the look of their PSU, I feel like Antec could have employed a filler panel here with an Antec logo or something to hide the PSU if users desire. Also, I would have omitted the top performance series logo so that the front panel I/O could be closer to the front, which would be easier for users to locate and use is the chassis is placed on an elevated position such as a desk.
The P120 Crystal, I feel, in some ways can support its price point as it has fitment for cooling that is far less likely to have issues interfering. The vertical Radiator mount and the bottom mounts work in tandem to support a massive potential liquid cooling array in a quite value chassis. The only real niggle would be the lack of fan inclusion, which some users may not notice during purchase, and will raise the cost of building a system in the P120 if you were not planning on different model fans.
Antec made a great option for users looking for a blank slate to build upon. Minor concessions aside, the P120 Crystal is a solid choice for builds of any level - simply add components and a little creativity.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero (Wi-Fi) Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB CMW32GX4M4C3000C15(buy from Amazon)
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line
Antec made a competent chassis in the P120 Crystal. It has all the right features to make for a beautiful build no matter what platform you choose.