Thursday, December 3rd 2020

Antec Intros P10 Flux Case with a Swing-Open Front Panel and 5.25-inch Bay

Antec today introduced the P10 Flux, a unique ATX mid-tower case that combines the contemporary horizontally-partitioned layout with certain legacy elements such as a single 5.25-inch drive bay, and a noise-dampening front door that conceals a mesh-type front air intake (although the door doesn't choke it thanks to a 11 mm passage). Ventilation options include three 120 mm front intakes, three 120 mm right-side intakes, a 120 mm rear exhaust, and a 120 mm conveyor between the bottom- and top compartments. There are no top exhausts.

The upper motherboard compartment serves up room for graphics cards up to 40.5 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 17.5 cm in height. Storage options include one 5.25-inch exposed drive bay, three 2.5-inch mounts, and two 3.5-inch mounts. The case measures 477 mm x 220 mm x 486 mm (DxWxH). Front panel connectivity includes two USB 3.x type-A ports, and HDA jacks. The case includes an 8-channel PWM fan controller. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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18 Comments on Antec Intros P10 Flux Case with a Swing-Open Front Panel and 5.25-inch Bay

#1
DeathtoGnomes
Why! Why that ugly side profile and limiting airflow with the ugly door closed. Wire management looks not too thought out as well.

The lack of glass/windows does improve aesthetics somewhat tho.
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#2
Dave65
DeathtoGnomes
Why! Why that ugly side profile and limiting airflow with the ugly door closed. Wire management looks not too thought out as well.

The lack of glass/windows does improve aesthetics somewhat tho.
That drive bay is what I don't like the most. Then that front door.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
This is what a case should look like. I just wish there were a bunch more 3.5" bays.
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#4
Chomiq
Antec's doing Throwback Thursday?
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#5
King Mustard
"Swing-Open Front Panel"

Isn't that a door?
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#6
ExcuseMeWtf
Probably could've fit second 5'25 and 3'5 bay if they tried. Nice that someone is still thinking of people who use those.
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#7
DeathtoGnomes
Frick
This is what a case should look like. I just wish there were a bunch more 3.5" bays.
yea, maybe in the dark ages... :p :rolleyes:
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#8
bonehead123
WORD 1: y.U.k..

WORD 2: y.U.K....

WORD 3: y.U.k....

'nuff said :)
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#9
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
DeathtoGnomes
yea, maybe in the dark ages... :p :rolleyes:
Or for someone who's right.

But seriously, this is what a case should be to me (but with more 3.5" bays). 5.25" for mah discs (honestly a second 5 25 bay would be used), a front door to close for a clean look and padding for silence. I'm way past the silly idea that everything needs to be at ambient temps the whole time, plus I don't do 300W GPUs and 200W CPUs anyway.
bonehead123
WORD 1: y.U.k..

WORD 2: y.U.K....

WORD 3: y.U.k....

'nuff said :)
Just buy some RGB strips and glue them to the front. And some red flames for overclocking.
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#10
bonehead123
Frick
Just buy some RGB strips and glue them to the front. And some red flames for overclocking.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..... you soooooooooo funnnnnyyyyy :roll::p:clap:
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#11
Caring1
King Mustard
"Swing-Open Front Panel"

Isn't that a door?
Um no, it's a reveal. ;)
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#12
DeathtoGnomes
Frick
But seriously, this is what a case should be to me (but with more 3.5" bays). 5.25" for mah discs (honestly a second 5 25 bay would be used)
IMO, :rolleyes:. The 5.25 bays are going the way of the DoDo and being replaced with external optic drives, if at all.
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#13
TheDeeGee
I currently have a Fractal Define 7 (normal), and i can tell you this Antec case is going to be TOASTY!

I'm glad Fractal has the option for a vented top panel with the ability to add fans, cuz i experienced this closed top toastyness myself up and close.
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#14
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
DeathtoGnomes
IMO, :rolleyes:. The 5.25 bays are going the way of the DoDo and being replaced with external optic drives, if at all.
That's a fact, but I much rather have an internal drive.
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#15
ryun
Looks like a decent case if the price is right. I like the option of bottom mounted fans as well that stuck in air from the side, and the door too as it makes it easier to get to the filler. I probably wouldn't use the 5.25" bay for anything but at least the space is available to be used, rather than doing nothing. USB-C on the front panel should be here though.
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#16
Chrispy_
I'm not sure I understand what Antec are going for here. I guess it's an unfortunate symptom of repurposing tooling to save costs but it just results in a bad product. If people are so desperate for an optical bay there are still old stocks of better cases with optical bays everywhere.

The front fan intake behind the door is designed for a doorless design. It straight up isn't dished in the correct direction to work well with a door - it needs to be flat or recessed away from the inside of the door rather than protruding toward the door.

The case is huge, as is common these days, to allow offset clearance for 280/360 radiators top and front with additional width clearance to avoid interference with the board VRM heatsinks and potentially the RAM. Except here it's just a vent-free void at the top of the case that will act as a stagnant-air heat trap. A 360 at the front is going to be a squeeze because of the optical bay, perhaps the best you can do because of the PSU shroud is a 240 push-pull or a 280 slim with one set of fans squeezing into the gap.

I guess the fan that sucks air from the lower shroud and throws it at the GPU isn't a bad idea, but it's really just an extra fan that you need to restore normal order because the Optical bay got in the way and created the problem in the first place.

I want there to be a compelling option for people who cling to their old optical drives, but this isn't it. This looks like a weak checkbox exercise designed to use up old tooling before it's scrapped, not something that was actually designed for the ideal purpose - cooling and housing PC components in the best* manner possible.

* - That could be "best value", "best cooling", "best use of space", or "best compatibility" - it doesn't really matter, because that's not what happened here.
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