When it comes to silent enclosure designs, there are usually many cooling compromises. Let’s check out whether this Antec’s latest performance one-line case, the P100 can stand out from the crowd of competing cases priced at $99 USD.
Antec P100 Specifications
|Released Date||November 15th 2013|
|Dimension (W x H x D)||220mm x 484mm x 523mm|
|Form Factor||Mid Tower Chassis|
|Motherboard Compatibility||mITX, mATX, ATX|
|Front I/O||2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, Microphone, Headphone|
|Expansion and Drive Bays|
|Power Supply Slots||1|
|Air Cooling Fan Mounts|
|Front||2 x 120mm / 2 x 140mm|
|Top||2 x 120mm / 2 x 140mm|
|Rear||1 x 120mm|
|Total Fans Included||2 Fans. 120mm front + 120mm rear.|
|Liquid Cooling Radiator Mounts|
|Top||120 (up to 240)|
|Accessory||Manual, zip ties, plastic bag containing screws|
The focus with the P100 has been placed on minimizing operational noise, that’s why we don’t see a side film window there.
The top is covered with two foam pads that are screwed in. If you want to utilize the dual fans slots up top, you will have to remove them. Unfortunately, there are no dust filters here.
The P100 still brings on some style with a metallic front panel that’s made of plastic which doesn’t leave any finger prints. The spacing between front panel and front fans is appropriate to allow air to enter. Front panel does open up at full 180 degrees and even goes all the way back, therefore accessing dust filter will be unobstructed. Dust filter covers two air intake fan slots which you can mount either 120mm or 140mm fans. You also get 2 optical slots there. Only one 120mm fan is included though, so full cooling won’t be as impressive. Realistically for the price, both fans should have been here. It does incorporate speed adjustment that you have to access the fan itself but I would have liked to see a fan hub integration, similarly to what we’ve seen from NZXT and Phanteks.
I am glad however the hard drive cage internally is very open, allowing most airflow to get through. More foam can be found on the front panel to compliment this silent approach. All the connections are located at the front with 4 USB ports, two of which are USB3, audio jacks and power reset buttons.
At the back we get an exhaust fan, 7 PCI slots and a lot of ventilation behind the motherboard tray, allowing any hot air pockets to exit. The P100 stands on large rubber case feet, incorporate a removal power supply dust filter so that’s good to see and all the panels are also covered in noise absorbing foam to complement this silent operation.
The internals on the P100 are not very exciting here. The drive cages are non-removable and non-modular. There are no additional fan mounts on the cage wall. Everything is riveted and build quality is a little disappointing with thin metal sheets allowing quite a bit of flex on the frame. For a chassis in this price bracket, that’s a little unappealing. The drive caddies do support both 3.5 and 2.5 inch drives. One deja vu moment with every and Antec case we’ve reviewed here are the screws for mechanical drives that are too long and allowed the drive to wobble quite a bit. You can see it here as the thread on the screw sticks out way too far from the rubber grommet that will cause unnecessary rattling when the driver spinning for example, which is totally counter-intuitive with this silence focus this case is marketed for. The drives do align at the back for simple cabling, so there’s no issues in that department.
Overall with cable management, Antec has done a great job with quality, large rubber grommet, cable tie mounts and a full inch of space behind the motherboard tray with the ability to tuck in cables in this bottom sleeve. I do wish Antec to convert to all black cables as we still get these multi-color front panel cabling but building inside the P100 was still enjoyable with preapplied motherboard standoffs and intuitive grommet placement for this very clean and uncluttered look. Both in the main chamber and the back is well with everything as close to the motherboard tray as possible.
GPUs up to 12.5 inches are supported and that’s one additional fan mount could be useful to improve internal airflow and the P100 is well equipped for 240mm radiator up top with over 3 inches of clearance and the slight out dent to help with internal clearance but also a wider gap at the top for wider radiators.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The P100 turn out to be a well-rounded silent a enclosure with easy to work in internals, clean cable routing, and long GPU support including top radiator friendly clearance. However for the price, I was expecting both front fans to be included and Antec should reconsider modularity for their drive cage design and perhaps in the next iteration fix the mounting screws for mechanical drives.
If the option is there for dual fans up top, we still need to see complementing dust filters to go along with this. While the case isn’t bad at all, Antec needs to adopt the changing dynamics of their enclosure market and get rid of their traditional formula and put on their competitive hats as I would love to see something truly unique and exciting from the once known legend of the case market and while that concludes our view of the P100 from Antec. Thanks for reading and we will see you in the next one.
|Dust Filter||11/17 * 20% = 12.94%|
|Coverage (Front, Top, Bottom, Side)||1, 0, 1, 1 = 3|
|Filter Type (None / Foam / Coarse / Fine)||0 / 1 / 3 / 5 = 3|
|Removable (Front, Top, Bottom, Side)||1, 1, 1, 1 = 2|
|Placement: Inside=0 / Outside=1 (Front, Top, Bottom, Side)||1, 1, 1, 1 = 3|
|Chassis||12/20 * 20% = 12%|
|Weight (0-8 / 8-12 / 12-99)kg||4 / 1 / 0 = 4|
|Feet Height (0-20/20-25/25-30/30-99)mm||0 / 1 / 2 / 4 = 0|
|Rubberized Feet (No / Yes)||0 / 2 = 2|
|Optical Drive Slots (0 / 1 / 2)||0 / 1 / 2 = 2|
|Front IO is (covered / non-covered)||2 / 0 = 0|
|Front IO installed on (chassis / removable panel)||2 / 0 = 2|
|Cables are (single-color / multi-color)||2 / 0 = 0|
|Motherboard standoffs are (pre-installed / none)||2 / 0 = 2|
|Clearance||7/14 * 20% = 10%|
|Motherboard rear (0-25/25-30/30-99)mm||0 / 1 / 3 = 0|
|PSU Clearance (0-140 / 140-160 / 160-999)mm||0 / 1 / 2 = 1|
|CPU Air Cooler (0-160/160-180/180-999)mm||0 / 1 / 2 = 1|
|Graphic Card (0-11 / 11-12 / 12-13)inch||0 / 1 / 3 = 1|
|Motherboard Grommets (Far / Close)||0 / 2 = 2|
|Motherboard Cutout (Small / Large)||0 / 2 = 2|
|Features||3/22 * 20% = 2.72%|
|Sliding Fan Mount Strip (Front, Top, Bottom, Side, Rear)||1, 1, 1, 1, 1 = 0|
|PWM fan hub (No / Yes)||0 / 1 = 0|
|Velcro straps for cable management (No / Yes)||0 / 1 = 0|
|Unrestricted air flow (Front, Top, Bottom, Side)||1, 1, 1, 1 = 1|
|Modular Chassis (rivets, screws)||0 / 4 = 0|
|Screw Packaging (Plastic Seal Bag / Toolbox)||0 / 2 = 0|
|PSU shroud (None / Included)||0 / 2 = 0|
|Fan speed controller (None / Included)||0 / 2 = 2|
|Closing-Opening Removable Panels (Hard / Easy)||0 / 4 = 0|
|Drive Cages and Placement||5/12 * 20% = 8.33%|
|Removable (No / Yes)||0 / 2 = 0|
|Tooless (No, Require Flexing, No Flexing)||0 / 1 / 3 = 0|
|Gap between caddies (above 2cm)||0 / 2 = 2|
|Compatible for both HDD and SSD (No / Yes)||0 / 2 = 2|
|Mount fan (No / Yes)||0 / 1 = 1|
|Caddy removable from mobo rear (No / Yes)||0 / 2 = 0|
|SSD Mounts: Beside cage, behind mobo (No / Yes)||0 / 2 = 0|
|Chassis Structure Flexes||-1|
|Loose HDD Mount||-1|
|Provided 2 x 120mm instead of 3 fans for $99 price bracket.||-1|
|Noise dampening foams on side panels and top||+1|
|Front Panel opens over 180 degrees||+1|
|Total Score||20% +… + 20% = 100%|
|Rating (Bronze / Silver / Gold / Platinum / Titanium)||Silver|