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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

It gives me great pleasure that companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached. Its because of these guys that I get to test only only their hardware but also from others. Thumbs up to these guys!

I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply

 

Test Setup for: Antec P280
Motherboard+ Processor Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE+ Thermaltake Big Typhoon
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB
Secondary Storage(s) 3x WD Green, WD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB; WD 320GB BLUE 320AAJS; WD 3TB Red
Power Supply Corsair TX750

I’ll start with installation of HDD drives.

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You’ll need to use the screws provided. It is not a big deal as long as it does the job.

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Other than that’s there’s really nothing special about the HDD mounts.

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Initially, I wasn’t confident that the grommet for cable management, especially for cable routing from the power supply, will be big enough, but it does just fine.

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I had to use a tool to properly install the rest of the brass standoffs properly at first. I and many don’t mind installing the standoffs on our own, but installing some of them may require you to use a tool to properly install them. Also, depending on the power supply you have, you would end up stretching the 8 pin EPS cable a bit in order to install it on the board. Antec could have provided an extension like how Coolermaster did with Trooper.

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There’s also one more inconvenience when you mount the top 2.5” mount. When you slide the drive in the SSD drive doesn’t go all the way in and there’s a grove inside the slide that stops the drive from being pushed any further, there’s a lot of space between the drive when installed till the right sidepanel. You will need to remove the first 2 HDD trays so that you can more room to install both the SATA cables. But take care when you’re sliding in the first HDD tray since it may disconnect the cables on the first slot. Make sure you don’t use the right angled SATA cable too.

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The space between the rear motherboard panel and right sidepanel is a very assuring 1.5”. Even if there are Molex or other connectors that come in the way that may be an obstacle to secure the right sidepanel, this isn’t the case here. The only case you need to take is towards the left side of the HDD tray (from the rear motherboard panel view) that cables are not over-crowded. As you can see, the 8 pin EPS cable is stretched, so depending on the power supply you’re using you may have a tough time. I also wish the Audio header was long enough to be routed from the bottom cable management grommet. If you have few cards in the middle- like your graphics card, you can route that cable between the space of the graphics card and motherboard, to keep it hidden as much as possible. Alas that wasn’t the case and the only way I could install it is running across the board.

Do note that I routed 4x 5 pin PCIe cables to the front and all the cables are utilized and all SATA power cables are used. There is about an inch of space between the top mounted fans and the motherboard.

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The space between the front panel USB slots are 1cm- so this way even if you have a thick USB devices, the space ensures that the drives aren’t obstacles for another USB device, even if that one is thick as well.

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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