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Antec P280 Super Mid Tower Chassis Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. External Impressions Part 1
  4. External Impression Part 2
  5. Internal Impressions Part 1
  6. Internal Impressions Part 2
  7. Test Bench and Installation Experience
  8. Conclusion
  9. View All

The interesting part is the way how you’ll mount a 3.5″ hard drive in all 6x trays. This is the first PC case I am reviewing where the hard drive tray uses the bottom mounting holes on the 3.5″ drives. To a certain extent, paired up with 4 silicone mounting grommets on the tray.

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This should be more effective to reduce any vibration from the mechanical hard drive. Ofcourse when you’re keeping such a mount, there should be more space between the trays compared to those cases that use mount holes on the sides of the drives.

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Throughout the case, Antec has done a pretty good job when it comes to riveting a case together. No matter how thick the sheets a manufacturer uses, its equally important that the case is properly riveted together.

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Unlike certain cases that I’ve suspected of using steel over brass standoffs, Antec has 6 brass standoffs preinstalled and provides few more incase you’ll need it.

There are 4x Rubber grommets for you to route your cables through:

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The rubber grommets are clipped on the motherboard tray to ensure that it stays in place even if the section is over-crowded with a lot of cables routed through. The size of the grommets are generous enough, but how good is it with the notorious cables from TX750 is something we’ll see later on.

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There are adequate number of cable tie loops on the rear part of the motherboard tray that should help to reduce most of the clutter even if you use the maximum potential of the case. Remember, this case is made to help to mount an XL-ATX form factor boards, so imagine mounting triple/quad GPU setups. That’s how good such cases should be.

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As said previously, the rubber grommets clipped in its place so that they will not come out that easily. There’s also vents on between the right sidepanel view and the rear part of the motherboard tray.

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You get all the headers you’ll require, provided with Audio header (forgot to click it during the review), USB 3.0 header and a USB 2.0 header.

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There’s a plastic frame to slide in/out the air filter for the power supply vent, but there isn’t any rubber grip on it which is usually provided in bottom mount cases that come till this point. Also, there’s no second 120MM fan mount on the bottom that cases have.

What I dislike is that the case uses push pins to mount the case feet.

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Not that its a problem, but it is far more assuring and more reliable if it used standard screws over plastic push pins.

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6 comments

  1. theres also another flaw in the push pins. You push the pin in to remove in, but when you have to put it back in, you’ll need to remove the rubber base and push it from inside. gum on the feet will eventually wear out. why not just using the usual screw, washer and nut method? the case looks plain but its awesome. a poor man’s lian li super mid tower….

  2. i am very tempted to buy this case, but does have an option like Lian Li where you can change the top/front panel like how lian li has? Antec should update this case with 4x USB 3.0 ports on the front, followed by 2x 140mm fan mount on the top.

    can you suggest me any cases around $130?? i live in south airport line, Texas.

  3. Did you check out SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ04B-E and Corsair 650D? Prices for cases in Amazon seem to have magically got a $10-$15 on its own so do check out the reviews on other sites.

    I am afraid I can’t say about these cases. 1 because I dont silverstone for reviewing and Corsair is blacklisted as they’ve asked me to do favourable review of a particular product to which I refused to do so and series of situation escalated that the communication is terminated. besides I doubt the cases I’ve mentioned support xl-atx form factor.

    That’s why I gave Antec P280 an award, despite being an older case. If they update it with a 140mm mount with a 120mm optional mount on the top panel, this will be great.

    If you need more help, you’ll have to mention the system configuration.

  4. oh wow! never thought a brand like corsair would do that…

    but I wanted with xl-atx since I am planning for dual GPU setup and
    haswell. i dont want to spend a lot of money on a case so p280 made
    sense. do you think thinking of grabbing 800D makes more sense?

  5. depending on your system configuration. this supports eatx formfactor officially, but I think you could squeeze in a board with xl-atx formfactor but i’ll need to confirm it. but if it works out and you can afford it, yeah.

    personal preference is solid steel. you can take a look at cm storm stryker/trooper as well if you’re still sticking with xl-atx formfactor type, plus you’re getting a lot for your money’s worth.

    This is the review link of the CM Storm trooper. Stryker is the white version of the case
    https://hardwarebbq.com/product-review/cm-storm-trooper-sgc-5000-kkn1-pc-chassis/

  6. looks like bitfenix ripped the designs of p280 and improved it…

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