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Date: August 21st, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES



Features:


Attractive gun metal black finish
Dual chambers structure:
The power supply (not included) is located in the lower chamber to isolate heat from the system and lower system noise
Special three-layer side panels and front door (aluminum, plastic, aluminum) dampen system generated noise, making this one of the quietest cases available
0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability used through the majority of the chassis, 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4x HDD area


11 Drive Bays:


- External 4 x 5.25”; 1 x 3.5”
- Internal 6 x 3.5” for HDD
- 7 Expansion Slots


Cooling System:


- 1 rear 120mm TriCool™ Fan (standard)
- 1 top 120mm TriCool™ fan (standard)
- 1 lower chamber 120mm TriCool™ Fan (standard)
- 1 front 120mm fan (optional)
- 1 middle 120mm fan (optional) to cool the VGA


External fan control on the rear panel for the top and rear fans in the upper chamber


Motherboard:


Up to Standard ATX (12” x 9.6”)
Double hinge door designed to open up to 270º
Rubber grommeted ports on the rear for liquid-cooling tubes allow you to mount external liquid-cooling hardware


Front-mounted ports provide convenient connections:


- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1x IEEE 1394 (FireWire®, i.Link®
- Audio In/Out (HDA & AC'97)


Cable organizers behind motherboard tray minimize cable clutter


Case Dimensions:


- 21.3”(H) x 8.1”(W) x 19.9”(D)
- 52cm (H) x 21cm (W) x 51cm (D)


The P182 is very similar to its older brother. It has similar dimensions and internal design, with the addition of external fan control and tubing ports (for liquid cooling.) The 3-layer panel design remains, but the finish is gun metal gray instead of silver. The double hinge door, one of my favorite features from the original, is also retained in the P182 design.

 

PRODUCT COMPOSITION




The excellent packaging is also very similar to the P180, assuring that the chassis arrives undamaged. Antec really goes the extra mile here, and this attention to detail will become more evident as we further explore the merits of this product. The manual, while descriptive and complete, doesn't have much in the way of pictorial aids for installation.


With its rather unconventional layout, some visual help from the manual would be welcome, especially for the novice builder.



A box inside the case contains all the accessories one will need to perform a system install in the P182. Included is the top fan cover, wire clips for the middle fan, a pinout chart, drive rails, a bag with the hardware and keys and some cable management ties. We'll go over these items in more detail during installation. The air duct and fan for the graphics card area has been omitted in the P182. I found this feature to be of little practical value in the P180, so its absence is not distressing.

 

 


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