Antec P180b ATX Case
Published: 13th June 2006 | Source: Antec | Price: |
The inside of this case is where Antec have really done some work. The "upside down" internals of the case make it look a little different inside from a lot of mainstream cases. This is a trend that we are seeing more and more with manufacturers such as Lian Li and Silverstone putting the PSU at the bottom of the case.
Bottom left: Power supply enclosure.
Bottom right: Large additional Hard drive bays
Right middle: Hard Drive bay with fan holder
Right middle top: Single 5 1/2" bay
Right top: 3 x 5 1/2" Bays
Top left: 120mm top exhaust fan
Upper left: 120mm exhaust fan
Middle left: Plastic plate to manage cables coming through.
Some close-ups of the drive bays:
We see the place where Antec have chosen to put the PSU:
One of the features I really like on this case is the top HDD enclosure. With room for two HDD's (enough for all but the most space-hungry of us) this is an excellent modular design with the HDD being screwed onto a 'cage' like device. This can be easily and quickly swapped out.
Here we see the ring that allows you to pull out the HDD enclosure, after removing a thumbscrew.
The insides are well designed if a little strange in places. Certainly well laid out though.
It is worth mentioning that the fans in the case each have their own fan controller in the form of a rather nifty little plastic switch. This goes on three speeds: High, Medium and Low. The highest setting is a little loud considering the quite of this case but the medium is a great balance between quiet and power. Another nice touch.