Antec P183 Advanced Super Mid Tower

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
Antec have certainly improved on the P183; with great looks and a striking Gun Metal finish, the case certainly looks the part. But even more so, thanks to the inclusion of the front vents finished in what appears to be black chrome, with enlarged side vents and the vented drive bay covers, the cooling capacity of the case has been improved beyond my expectations.  I certainly did not expect the Antec P183 with, only 2 fans present, to out perform my Silverstone TJ07 which had its stock compliment of 6 fans.  
 
Working with the case was a pleasure and the install was pretty much painless.  You will have to sacrifice using the middle drive cage if your running a high end GPU but thats no biggie.  PSU installation is far easier than with its older siblings and with most modern PSU's i dont think you will be needing a cable extender, I certainly didnt; if you do they are readily available.
 
It would seem all the changes Antec have made are for the better, both asthetically and performance wise. This maybe due to a greater customer care initiative by Antec; listening to feedback, both positive and negative, through a variety of media, such as user forums and product reviews.   
 
There are a few areas in which Antec could improve on the case: I would have liked to have seen thumb screws used on both side panels and also used for retaining your add on cards.  Also, I would have prefered  Antec to have included a 3rd fan that was present in both the P180 and the P182. Why did they exclude it from the P183? This would have only enhanced the performance of an already great case. Antec are onto another sure fire winner with the P183 case.
  
At the time of writing this review the cheapest place to purchase the case was from Ebuyer
 
 
The Good
+ Great Air Flow
+ Improved Looks
+ Excellent Build Quality/Finish
 
The Mediocre
+ Steel Construction
+ Lack of thumbscrews on 1 side panel and retention screws internally
 
The Bad
+ Only ships with 2x 120mm fans out of a possible 5
 
 
Recommended Award Silence Award 
 
Thanks to Antec for sending the P183 in for review. Discuss this review in our forums
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06-08-2009, 05:45:35

JN
"The new Antec P183, what's new and what's not? Is it a worthy successor to its older brother the P182? Read on to find out." - by Wes

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Antec P183 Advanced Super Mid Tower

06-08-2009, 18:14:24

Bungral
Nice review Wesley Is this your first one or has there been one before? Can't remember.

Either way nice one.

Looks a nice case.. I'm far from in the market for another case at the mo, but it's nice to have a choice of quality cases in the mid range category.

06-08-2009, 18:15:43

FarFarAway
The Antec PXXX cases are a love-hate thing. personally I do not like the look, but they are very functional

06-08-2009, 18:21:48

PeterStoba
It's a very nice case, apart from the cut outs, just makes it look ugly. The P182 was good looking but the new ones are horrible.

Still, very functional cases and look good. I now prefer door-less cases but they are alot better than the 900/1200
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