Antec P120 Crystal Review

Written by Antony Leather

February 24, 2020 | 11:00

Tags: #antec #atx #glass-case #watercooling

Companies: #antec

Manufacturer: Antec

UK price (as reviewed): £79.99 (inc. VAT)

US price (as reviewed): $99.99 (exc. tax)

It's been a while since we've looked at a standard Antec case and even longer since we've looked favourably on one, but the company is well-known for springing the odd surprise that goes on to become a huge, even segment-defining, hit. Not wanting to let the P120 Crystal pass under the radar and avoid the possibility of it becoming a favourite, we put it through its paces due to the fact it seemed to sport some very interesting credentials, even though they could put it in a position of sink or swim.


At £80, it sits in mid-range case territory, and for any other case, that might be a challenge. The Phanteks P400A, Fractal Design Meshify C - the list goes on with cases that offer solid out-of-the-box performance and a smattering of water-cooling support. However, the P120 Crystal is entirely different. We're used to some super-premium cases focussing more on water-cooling support and being more show cases than daily drivers. Here, a potential lack of bundled fans doesn't matter too much since you'd probably just replace them with your own premium fans, anyway. To do this in the sub-£100 market, though, is an extremely bold move given that for the same cash you can own a case that offers decent cooling out of the box, but this is exactly what Antec has done - the P120 Crystal ships with zero fans.


Amazingly, though, as we shall see, Antec has struck a rather impressive balance and that starts with the build quality. It's excellent throughout and while there's a lack of certain features, it's an impressively well put-together case. The front panel doesn't offer anything noteworthy, but sports dust caps on the ports, which offer a pair of USB 3.0 ports - no Type-C port here though and no lighting control as there's no RGB lighting included, either. One side panel is tempered glass and sits on a swing-out hinge, popping open using a latch on the front of the case for easy access - an impressive feat at this price, which usually requires you to deal with unsightly thumb-screws. 

The other side panel reveals a large side vent, which can act as an intake or exhaust for the fan mounts beneath and is equipped with a dust filter. It can be tricky so reinstall, though, especially if you have a bunch of cables sitting beneath it. As you can probably gather from the image above, there are no front fan mounts at all - just a pane of glass, which sets the case apart from most of the competition. Below, you can see the base fan mounts are dust-protected by a slide-out filter that can be removed easily from the front of the case. 


Specifications


  • Dimensions (mm) 234 x 476 x 485 (W x D x H)
  • Material Steel, plastic, tempered glass
  • Available colours Black
  • Weight 10.4kg
  • Front panel Power, reset, 2 x USB 3.0, headphone, microphone
  • Drive bays 2 x 3.5"/2.5", 3 x 2.5"
  • Form factor(s) E-ATX, ATX, micro-ATX
  • Cooling 3 x 140mm/120mm base fan mounts (fans not included), 2 x 140mm/3 x 120mm side fan mounts (fans not included), 1 x 140mm/120mm rear fan mount (fan not included)
  • CPU cooler clearance 185mm
  • Maximum graphics card length 450mm
  • Extras Removable dust filters, GPU support, Velcro cable ties

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