Antec P82 Flow Review - A Compact, Fan-Packed Mid-Tower Case 18

Antec P82 Flow Review - A Compact, Fan-Packed Mid-Tower Case

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Value and Conclusion

  • The Antec P82 Flow has an MSRP of US$65 excl. taxes.
  • Really affordable
  • Clean glass side window
  • Solid construction
  • Can hold large air coolers easily
  • Four 140 mm fans included
  • Magnetic mesh in front and top
  • Easily removable mesh on the underside
  • Clean overall design
  • Very simple yet surprisingly clean interior frame
  • Compact for a mid-tower case
  • Adequate balance between noise and cooling
  • Rubber covers for I/O
  • Molex adapter for the four 3-pin fans
  • Limited liquid cooling capabilities due to size
  • Audio cable quite short
  • Cable routing for a fully loaded system will be difficult
  • 2.5" drive bay on 3.5" HDD cage hard to access
  • 3.5" drive tray not designed well
The Antec P82 Flow is a very compact mid-tower case with clean looks and lots of functional bang for your buck. The glass side panel is beautifully framed without any visible mounting elements, and the front offers a good balance between noise and cooling. This is also because of its four pre-installed 140 mm fans. Antec has created an interesting mix with the compact chassis by forgoing the extensive liquid cooling capabilities of other enclosures and focusing on allowing all the functional hardware to fit without issue instead.

Some may also be taken aback by the very simple interior lacking the cable-routing potential we have seen in many other enclosures, but in the end, you may be surprised by how clean and tidy things can turn out unless you fill the P82 Flow to the rim. All our testing hardware fits nicely. That said, radiator capabilities are limited to a slim 360 mm radiator in the front and at most, at least officially, a 240 mm unit in the ceiling. Then there is the issue with the Molex to 3-pin fan splitter, which is unfortunate as it would have been nice to keep the RPM capabilities of the included fans when using the cable. That said, it is nice to have it for those more affordable builds where 3-pin headers are scarce and every dollar counts.

All these shortcomings are rather minor in the end because you really cannot go wrong with a case that looks this clean, works well, and costs a mere $65, which is essentially less than four brand-name aftermarket fans on their own.
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