Antec P100 Case Review
Interior: Base Rear and Roof
The base of the case has no ventilation other than the cut out for the PSU. And aside form a rather nice "Antec Design" logo embossed on the floor there are no other features. We mention this as we're starting to see manufacturers make use of this area more and more as an individual 2.5" drive bay mounting area.
The P100 is able to take full length ATX PSUs but has very little in the way of vibration and sound dampening, with only four very thin foam pads on raised plinths battling the forces of PSU resonance, neither is there a foam strip or any isolation round the PSU opening, an odd choice for a "Silent " case. Further up we come across 7 vented PCI covers. Antec are not alone in choosing vented covers for their silent cases as opposed to more sound limiting solid covers, but we think it an odd choice none the less.
Heat is extracted by a single 120mm fan in the traditional rear of case position. There is however the option of removing either or both of the two foam covered panels in the roof, either leaving them empty to naturally radiate heat, or adding either 120mm or 140mm fans as desired.
Turning the case round we see that the rear of motherboard area is finished to the same high standard as the front. There are however only six cable tie points. They are large and appear to be well placed but we'd rather have had more smaller ones. We'll have to see how we get on when we get to the build section. The rubber cable management grommets are excellent, some of the best we've seen in fact, proving almost impossible to dislodge with even a concerted effort. The reason for this is that they are actually held in place by small barbed location tabs. Nice one Antec.
Although the image below right shows 30mm of room back here Antec actually quote 20mm. This ambiguity is in a small way down to the padding on the inside of the doors. Our own feelings are that 25mm best represents the space available for cable management.