Excerpt: Antec’s Performance One series of cases have been the recipients of much praise from the industry, with some going so far as to claim they are the de facto standard for inexpensive feature rich performance computer cases. We’re going to test that claim with the most recent addition to the Performance One line, the P182 Advanced Super Midtower.
Summary: Today we are taking a look at our first computer case since our restart in October 2007. It is the Antec P182, a super mid tower in the performance series. Antec is well known for creating computer chassis, power supplies and much more. Even if the P182 has some time on its neck it is really fun to have it for test as it is one of the most clean, good looking cases on earth.
Antec's Performance One P182 and P190 Cases: A Visual Review
26 November 2007
Excerpt: A case is an important component of any computer system. It houses all the components, and thus can affect the performance of all of them. With so many high powered components prevalent in the average enthusiast's systems today, a good case has to offer sufficient cooling and proper design to allow for the highest levels of compatibility and stability. Antec is a company that has a reputation of fulfilling these requirements with their cases.
Conclusion: Packaging and presentation are always above-par with Antec, which is why it becomes a bit of a letdown when you open the box and the contents aren't just as glamorous. Although I like the Antec P182 Performance One ATX case overall, I just cannot bring myself to look at it as an attractive enclosure. I am personally a fan of black, but this is possibly just too much.
Pros: Legendary quality control, Research & development shine through, Liquid-cooling compatible, High strength reinforced steel construction, Plenty of primary working space, Excellent cooling performance, Unique chamber design isolates heat-generating components
Cons: Heavy! 36 LBS Empty!, Small power supply chamber, Appearance still needs work, Fans (all on high) are loud, Silicone rubber feet may peel off
Conclusion: Now, time for the fun -- installing the hardware. Included accessories are placed in a box inside the case for shipping, and after removing the box from our Antec P182 -- the fun officially begins. For this review, I have used an old AMD Athlon 64 3000+ based computer I purchased back in 2004 for testing. I took a Tagan ITZ 700W power supply and installed it into the power supply chamber.
Excerpt: With the P182 chassis, Antec has proved that, “If it ain't broke, you can probably still fix it!” They've taken the proven P180 chassis, gotten rid of a few superfluous features, added some very nice convenience and appearance features and kept the quiet cooling performance that made the P180 such a great case. The new look, with its gun-metal gray panels is a big improvement and the cable management features are a welcome improvement over the original.
Conclusion: The P182 has a lot of interesting new features, but in order to take full advantage of them, you have to give up some convenience. The power supply installation issue is a significant negative point in an otherwise excellently engineered computer enclosure. This problem could reasonably be solved by including a good power supply with the P182, but that does not make it any easier to replace the PSU if it dies someday.
Summary: Antec improves the original P180, gives it a dark finish and allows you to install the latest and greatest hardware to keep it cool and quiet inside. Does the P182 near perfection? Let´s find out.