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Antec P180 Advanced Super Mid Tower
By Vincent Chang
Category : Casings And Coolers
Published by Vijay Anand on Friday, 19th August, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

Antec's Performance Flagship Casing

One of the most popular makers of high performance computer components today, Antec has a global brand name that should be familiar to most enthusiasts. Power supplies, cooling fans and computer casings are but a few of the more common accessories that Antec is currently well known for. With the increasing popularity of silent computing devices, Antec was one of the first to embrace this trend with casings and power supplies that aimed to lower the decibels though not by compromising performance. So it was no surprise when Antec introduced the latest addition to its performance line of casings with an emphasis on quiet computing.

The Antec P180 Advanced Super Mid Tower is the successor to its best-selling range of performance-oriented casings and to justify its pedigree, Antec has gone out of the way to recruit the expertise of the enthusiast community in its design. As mentioned in this preview article , the Antec P180 had external creative input when designing the silent aspects of the P180. From the looks of it, the collaboration seemed to have been a happy one as Antec actually coined a new category, 'Advanced Super Mid Tower' in order to describe the unique characteristics found in the P180. Of course, it is as likely to be marketing hyperbole on its part. To find out if the Antec P180 really deserves a category of its own, let's take a closer look.

Is that a mini-fridge or a casing? The Antec P180 certainly has the looks of a high-tech toy.

Antec P180 Specifications
Casing Dimensions and Specifications
  • Height: 541mm
  • Width: 206mm
  • Depth: 505mm
  • Weight: 14.1/16.3kg (net/gross)
  • Material: Aluminum/Plastic Exterior and Steel Chassis
  • Case Color: Brushed Aluminum in Silver with Black edges
  • Motherboard Support type: Micro and Standard ATX
Drive Bays and Expansion Slots / Ports
  • 4 x 5.25" External Drive Bays
  • 1 x 3.5" External Drive Bays
  • 6 x 3.5" Internal Drive Bays
  • 7 x Rear Expansion Slots
  • 2 x Front USB2.0 ports
  • 1 x FireWire (IEEE 1394) port
  • Audio In/Out
Case Cooling
  • Fans
    • 1 rear (standard) 120mm TriCool Fan with 3-speed switch control
    • 1 top (standard) 120mm TriCool Fan
    • 1 lower chamber (standard) 120mm x 38mm (thick) TriCool Fan
    • 1 front (optional) 120mm fan
    • 1 (optional) 80mm case fan in the Air Duct over the graphics card
  • Vents
    • Top Meshed Exhaust Vent - 120mm diameter
    • Middle Meshed Intake Vent - 120mm diameter
    • Bottom Meshed Intake Vent - 120mm diameter
Power Supply
  • None supplied
  • PSU bay supports Standard ATX PS2

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