Date: October 24th, 2005
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Speaking of the fans, each of the three 120mm fans included in the P-180 case are Antec Tricool fans, and have a short cable terminating in a tiny switch, allowing the user to run the fan at any one of three speeds. The manual recommends that the user set these switches to the low or medium setting to minimize noise. Fan speeds are as follows:
120 x 120 x 25mm: 2000 RPM
120 x 120 x 38mm: 1500 RPM
120 x 120 x 25mm: 1600 RPM
120 x 120 x 38mm: 1500 RPM
120 x 120 x 25mm: 1200 RPM
120 x 120 x 38mm: 900 RPM
The upper cage features snap-in trays for two drives. The drives are secured in the trays with special screws through silicone grommets to minimize vibration noise. These special screws, along with the other installation hardware are shipped in the plastic “toolbox” attached to the rear of the cage. Black plastic rails on the top of the cage keep the cage itself from vibrating and are responsible for the ease with which the cage can be inserted or removed from the chassis.
The lower cage has room for four hard drives that are mounted with silicone grommets but without the trays. A cardboard box shipped in this cage contains the “spoiler” for the top fan and one set of drive rails each for an optical and floppy drive.
The air duct, which pulls double-duty by storing the extra 5.25-inch drive rails, will have to be removed before installing the motherboard. This photo also shows the rather ingenious method that Antec has devised to seal the top chamber from the bottom, while allowing power and data cables to enter and exit the chambers. The sliding panels are closed in this photo.
With the panels open, there is plenty of room to pass necessary wiring from one chamber to the other. The air duct allows the user to install an 80mm fan to pull cool air into the duct from the rear and direct it to the graphics card area. The fan is not included. The duct has approximately 1.5 inches of adjustment, front to rear, allowing optimal fan placement.
Antec has fitted the P-180 with soft, silicone feet to absorb vibration from the case, resulting in a quieter computer. Expansion slot covers are held in place with screws as the air duct precludes the use of a tool-free design. There is no removable motherboard tray, and a generic I/O shield is provided. Strips of a white foam material running along the top of the lower chamber aid in sealing off the two areas. All edges in the P-180 are rolled or folded, eliminating the chance of those unsightly blood droplets marring the nicely finished interior.