Wednesday, November 30th 2011

Antec Announces Market Availability of P280 Chassis

Antec is proud to announce the P280, the newest member of the award-winning Performance One Series. The P280 reflects the sophisticated appearance and Quiet Computing engineering of its Performance One predecessors, while offering a new set of features at an attractive price for users building with current- and next-gen hardware.

Continuing the legacy of Performance One enclosures, the P280 integrates quiet technologies such as sound-dampening steel / polycarbonate side panels, a triple-layer front door and hard drive trays with preinstalled vibration-reducing silicone grommets. Its understated aesthetics will appeal to gamers and enthusiasts who prefer a stylish, functional appearance.

Every feature in the P280, from the enlarged internal layout to the air filters & fan mounts, is included to accommodate high-end systems. Supporting up to XL-ATX sized motherboards and four-way GPU configurations, it offers a new level of expandability in the Performance One series.

Understanding the importance of convenience and ease-of-use, the P280 includes tool-less optical drive bays, 3.5” drive trays that are also compatible with 2.5” drives, 30 mm of cable routing space behind the motherboard tray and six total cable routing holes, four of which are grommet-lined. The front & PSU intake filters can be removed without taking off the side panel or tipping the case.

“Performance One has always had a special place in the hearts and minds of our customers. With convenience & ease-of-use coupled with an attractive price point, we expect P280 to introduce customers new and old to the next generation of Performance One,” said Mafalda Cogliani Global Marketing Director at Antec.

The P280 reaches store shelves and online retail outlets, such as www.scan.co.uk, www.ebuyer.co.uk, and www.overclockers.co.uk in early December with a MSRP of £119.99.
Starting with January the case will be available at all UK resellers.

For more information on the P280, please visit the product page.
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16 Comments on Antec Announces Market Availability of P280 Chassis

#1
theJesus
I already have it :D and I fucking love it!
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#2
Fx
nice, i'll take one
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#3
NC37
Tooless in an Antec design...never thought I'd see that happen. Bout time!
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#4
theJesus
by: NC37
Tooless in an Antec design...never thought I'd see that happen. Bout time!
Only on the 5.25" drive bays (works alright). The 3.5" bays still require that you screw the drives onto the trays and then slide 'em in.

Word of caution to anyone who plans on moving the fans to other locations: The cables are very short and pretty much only reach to where they have the controllers at (top rear). Also, that is not a controller on the case, it's three individual controllers directly attached to the fans. So don't expect to replace the fans and still have those controllers.

Edit: Also, keep in mind this chassis is designed for XL-ATX boards, so it's bigger than it looks in the pics. That also means that with a regular ATX board, there will be a gap between the board and the cable-routing holes, instead of having the holes right next to the board. That's really a silly thing to be upset about though, but I know some people are really picky about not having their cables showing.
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#5
Delta6326
Awesome case I want one badly. When I build my next computer this will be my case.

I also think these should not be called the Performance One Series they should be Performance Two, hence the P280
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#6
blibba
Shame that it has a top mounted fan. Makes the Cm Silencio and FD XL much more tempting in this market imo.
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#7
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
by: blibba
Shame that it has a top mounted fan. Makes the Cm Silencio and FD XL much more tempting in this market imo.
Top fans with room for a radiator is a shame why?
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#8
blibba
by: sneekypeet
Top fans with room for a radiator is a shame why?
For some it's great, but for quiet air-cooled PCs it doesn't bode well for cooling to noise ratios in my experience. I also don't like the amount of dust that can fall through (even with filters, which tend to need cleaning more when upwards facing), or the inability to use the PC as a shelf, or what can happen when you spill a drink.
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#11
theJesus
by: blibba
For some it's great, but for quiet air-cooled PCs it doesn't bode well for cooling to noise ratios in my experience. I also don't like the amount of dust that can fall through (even with filters, which tend to need cleaning more when upwards facing), or the inability to use the PC as a shelf, or what can happen when you spill a drink.
All good points, but without them, you'd only be left with one exhaust fan. Two if you count the PSU and have it installed with the fan facing up.

Anyways, it wouldn't be too difficult to seal the top up on this case if you're a little handy.
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#12
NC37
by: blibba
For some it's great, but for quiet air-cooled PCs it doesn't bode well for cooling to noise ratios in my experience. I also don't like the amount of dust that can fall through (even with filters, which tend to need cleaning more when upwards facing), or the inability to use the PC as a shelf, or what can happen when you spill a drink.
Why I got my Storm Sniper. Its quiet for all the fans it has. Plus the design of the case brings a covering over the top fan, as well as an air pathway under it. So you can place an item on top and still get the airflow of the top fan. Dust is then the only real issue. My intakes get visibly coated within only a few days. But it is nice that I can just pop the filters off with no tools, clean, then pop back on.
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#13
Wile E
Power User
So, am I to assume that Antec will finally start making decent cases again?
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#14
theJesus
by: Wile E
So, am I to assume that Antec will finally start making decent cases again?
They already have with this one, if you ask me :)
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#15
Wile E
Power User
Yeah, but one could just be a fluke.
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#16
theJesus
True, but it would still be a very good fluke.
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