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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
Conclusion: Over the last year or so, this hack's ears have taken a beating - from a wide range of system cases and a whole lot of different CPU-coolers. And, as someone who's opted for a quiet-running water-cooling system on my daily-use PC, I am keenly aware of how big an irritant noise can be.
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.
Excerpt: Since its very start Antec’s Performance One line of computer cases has beena hit with enthusiasts. While the demand for high-end aluminum cases has growth, there are still a lot of people who value features over materials and substance over style.
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...
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