Antec P182 Advanced Super Mid Tower

Internals

Internals

The interior of the P180 was well built, well designed and had very few major flaws. I'm pleased to say that this has carried over to its younger sibling. The steel innards are solid and there aren't many sharp edges to snag your fingers on while installing your hardware. In terms of the layout, not much has really changed since the original. The P182 still sports the 2 chamber design with the soft edge guards to eliminate as much heat travelling from one compartment to the other.

p182_in_over p182_in_baysout

p182_in_bottom

It still sports the twin exhaust fans on the upper rear and rear upper of the case, ensuring that there's never any hot air left around the CPU area.

p182_in_exhust

The 5.25" and 3.5" bays still use the same rail system that the original had.

p182_in_525bays p182_in_35bays

The 3.5" bays in the top compartment of the case can be adapted, using the supplied metal clips, to take 120mm fans.

p182_in_fan p182_in_installed

As you can see the basics of the case haven't really changed that much...so what have they changed? Well, Antec have listened to end-user feedback and have altered it for the better in one particular area - cable management. To address this issue, Antec pulled a few neat tricks from up their sleeves. Firstly the mass of thick, loose front panel connector wires that made the case look such a mess have been properly wrapped and given the appropriate block headers. This alone brought control to a lot of the mess that plagued the original case.

p182_in_cables

Next up Antec decided to poke some holes in the motherboard tray in roughly the right places for the majority of the connectors that you can run behind the tray. They have even cut a slot out the base of the upper section to accommodate cables from down below, such as the PSU and HDD cables. And with that, they have included rings stamped out of the tray itself to hold the wires in place.

p182_in_back

p182_in_holes p182_in_cables

Next I will be looking at how easy it was to install a complete system into the P182...
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Most Recent Comments

23-05-2007, 06:48:11

Ham
Recently I got a chance too look over Antec's new revision of the p180. See how it fairs hereQuote

23-05-2007, 06:54:46

FarFarAway
It's a hard case to criticise tbh, although I'm not a huge fan of the looks it's still a nice looking case.

Glad they sorted cable tidying too Quote

23-05-2007, 09:12:34

ionicle
looks cool

only one snag,

NO WINDOW!

the only thing that case needs...

and antec STIL dont bother

thats the only reason i wouldnt buy one

black, or shiney gunmetal, with window....Quote
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