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See the Antec P280 first at i44

See the Antec P280 first at i44

The Antec P280 has the same fridge-like looks as the legendary P180.

Antec is offering you the chance to see the forthcoming P280 for the first time in the UK at Multiplay’s i44 LAN event. The case will only be on sale here from ‘the beginning of December’ but i44 is held from 18-21 November.

The P280 has the same minimalist fridge-like design as all Antec’s Performance One-series cases, harking back to legendary cases such as the P180. The interior of the new case isn’t compartmentalised, however, which allows the P280 to be less massive than its predecessors at 231 x 561 x 526mm (W x D x H).

There’s a PSU bay in the floor and two 120mm TwoCool fans in the roof, with another at the rear. It’s a shame to not see a 200mm fan in the roof, but possibly there will be room for a dual 120mm-fan radiator instead. At least the side panels have the same dual-layer stell/polycarbonate side panels as previous noise-deadening Performance One cases.

The door is triple-layer affair of aluminium, foam and plastic to again deaden noise; it’s double-hinged mounting means that the door can rest flush with the side panel and is hard to snap off accidentally. To test this for yourself (please, not too forcefully) head to the Antec/Kustom PC stand.

As well as seeing the P280 in the flesh for the first time, you can play Minecraft for money at i44 and see the final eight players for the IGN Pro League 4 Uk qualifiers duke it out. You might pick up some tips for your own game. Or you might ignore them altogether to hang out with your mates: your call.

Are you going to i44? If so, will you check out the P280 and the other stands are you going to cram as much LAN gaming into one weekend as is physically possible? Let us know in the forum.

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Jipa 16th November 2011, 14:23 Quote
To me it's NOT a shame not to see one of those damn 200 mm fans on the roof. If it's silence you're after, proper 120/140 mm fans are easy to find. BTW those new Antec fans actually are quiet...

And for more photos, there's a gallery over at: http://www.anandtech.com/Gallery/Album/1111

Looks good to me, might end up actually using this, or the new Solo II.
Idioteque 16th November 2011, 14:43 Quote
I'm glad there's a new Antec case which focuses on classic smooth lines rather than those garish gaming cases they've been focusing on for the past two years. Looks nice.

That aside, as Jipa said. Is a 200mm+ fan in the top really so difficult?
racingrob 16th November 2011, 14:44 Quote
I have just got rid of my P180 Mini after replacing the 200mm fan and that one chattered as well. being able to use any 120mm/140mm is a better option imho.
Idioteque 16th November 2011, 14:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by racingrob
I have just got rid of my P180 Mini after replacing the 200mm fan and that one chattered as well. being able to use any 120mm/140mm is a better option imho.

Well, there's that. I still love my delightfully silent Mini P180. Never had a problem with the top fan on low. Would be good to have the option of either 2*140mm or one 200mm+ fan.
bogie170 16th November 2011, 15:21 Quote
Does not look a patch on my Antec P182 SE mirror finish. :D
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product3.php?Type=Mg==&id=Ng==
Bede 16th November 2011, 15:46 Quote
This is surely an advertisement for Antec and i44 and should be labelled as such..
RedFlames 16th November 2011, 15:46 Quote
+1 for 'thank glod they've ditched the "big boy"', it was the first thing to go [break] on my 1200
Evildead666 16th November 2011, 15:47 Quote
I hated the 200mm fan in my antec tower, it barely moved any air, and I just deemed it pointless.
Much happier with a dual 120/140mm setup.
wuyanxu 16th November 2011, 15:51 Quote
would love to be able to block those top vents like in Fractal Design cases. current configuration seems like a neg-pressure case with dust sucked through the back vents.

like the 2x120 fan placements. wonder if it's possible to put 2 240 radiators in this case? one on top, one on the HDD cage? that would make this an awesome watercooling case. there's more than enough room.
delriogw 16th November 2011, 17:12 Quote
d'oh, was planning on speccing for a couple of days, but can't afford to get there.

typical.

always been a fan on the range, but once i started attenting i-series i have to say i was less enamoured. they are not a great case to try and get to a LAN when you have no car and a very bad back :( hopefully this one will weigh a bit less than the usual baby elephant
Jipa 16th November 2011, 17:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by delriogw
they are not a great case to try and get to a LAN when you have no car and a very bad back :( hopefully this one will weigh a bit less than the usual baby elephant

Yeah they sure aren't, but then again, that's kinda the whole point...
RevDarny 16th November 2011, 17:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
like the 2x120 fan placements. wonder if it's possible to put 2 240 radiators in this case? one on top, one on the HDD cage? that would make this an awesome watercooling case. there's more than enough room.

Do like the clean lines. This maybe the case to replace my P180
azrael- 16th November 2011, 21:31 Quote
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The interior of the new case isn’t compartmentalised, however, which allows the P280 to be less massive than its predecessors at 231 x 561 x 526mm (W x D x H).
The dimensions of the P180 v3 are 514 mm (H) x 205 mm (W) x 507 mm (D), so one can hardly claim the P280 is smaller. The P280 seems to weigh in at a few kilos less than then P180 v3, though. Probably because it's a mere shade of its predecessors when it comes right down to it.
PingCrosby 16th November 2011, 22:41 Quote
I'll have a P please Bob.
Pookie 16th November 2011, 23:41 Quote
The fans in my antec 900 purchased in 2007 are all original and still as quiet as ever. I will be upgrading to this case over xmas, 900 gets too dusty.
Vo0Ds 17th November 2011, 15:14 Quote
Fractal R3 F.T.W.
trig 17th November 2011, 23:37 Quote
this looks to be a killer...and with the issues of the fractal door, may swing my money in antec's direction...read a few reviews and it is looking nice, and for $140
Kiliv 18th November 2011, 17:42 Quote
i saw the case as it was being unpacked yesterday its very very shiny literally and fingerprints are a pain to get off even iff there is a cloth supplied for it, its built solid although looks like it would lack cooling which the sales rep from antec agreed with
trig 18th November 2011, 20:34 Quote
can see that. looks like no fans on the front for intake come with it...but i would imagine a couple of good fans for the front would make it just as good as the fractal at cooling if not better. but honestly, you're not buying this case for world class cooling...
Omnituens 19th November 2011, 17:34 Quote
I saw this today. I looks OK. Still wouldn't give up my CM840 for anything else.
steve30x 21st November 2011, 22:26 Quote
Im going to get one of these. My Corsair 800D is a horribly noisey and hot case. I will put two decent but not noisey fans in the front to help cool my parts.
seismic2k 12th December 2011, 01:59 Quote
My p180 has been amazing. Due an upgrade to a new PC so this will definitely be wrapped around all the other bits. The 2x120mm fans on the top are screaming to be replaced by a radiator...It's going to be an expensive job
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