Antec P100 Case Review
Up Close: Exterior Overview and Roof
As is the case with most if not all silent cases, the exterior of the P100 is largely featureless. The thinking behind this of course is that windows and meshed fan grills allow noise to escape from the enclosure. There is though a thin line to be walked between reducing the noise output and starving the case of precious cooling air. In an effort to make an otherwise featureless monolith of metal look sleek and attractive Antec, like a good many other manufacturers have opted to bling up the door a little. Although plastic, like the door the metallic sheen effect is very well done, and like other cases we have reviewed recently required close examination to check it wasn't actually metal.
Airflow into the case comes courtesy of large slots down either side of the front edge. These slots are created by virtue of the front door being stood off slightly from the case front panel, thus creating a decent sized aperture.
The roof sports a mesh ventilation area which stands slightly proud of the rest of the roof, presumably to aid rigidity, as it otherwise deflects from the clean aesthetic lines. The area is unfiltered, but is able to accept a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, with inter-fan holes of 15mm and 20mm respectively. By default the P100 ships with blanking plates in place in this position. they are however easily removed from the outside should you so desire.
On he leading edge of the roof/front panel we find the Front I/O. A pair of USB3.0s sit beside a pair of USB2.0 sockets. Between them and the power/reset buttons we find the usual brace of Audio input/output sockets.