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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

All it needs are certain minor improvements:

  • The case feet should use screws rather than push-pins.
  • Magnet needs better glue.
  • Could have put 140mm fan mounts on the front and/or rear.
  • An 8 pin EPS extension would be a lot more helpful.
  • If one uses internal section for front fan mount, it needs fan guard
  • Could use longer Audio Cable.
  • The 2.5″ HDD/SSD slide on the top should be allowed to slide all the way in so that the rear section can be the same level as with other HDDs, this way you can not worry about the SATA cables being disconnected.

After a usage of 2 weeks with fans running on full, the fans are pretty silent for what its’ worth, although a lot would most likely mount those fans on the front- unless they will use their own preferred fans.

Incase you’re wondering- there’s a space between the door and the front panel on both the sides when closed, this way the front fans push the air in coming from the sides.

In any case, the case is pretty good if you want to mount a multi-GPU setup- and to sweeten the deal, Antec provides 3 years- that is a year more than what almost all provide.

India (Approx.) U.S. U.K.
Rs. 7,900/- $115.09 £89.99

This is a very reasonable pricing and a very good case all things considered. Some may or may dislike the top Power/Reset buttons- but that’s more of a preference. Even considering the minor hiccups, you simply cannot go wrong if you choose this case and you are getting your money’s worth. Remember, since most cases provide about 1 inch of space between the rear motherboard tray and right sidepanel, the extra 1/2 Inch is very much welcomed. The case gets a medal of VFM and 4 stars.

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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