Conclusion: Purchasers of Antec's P183,
P193 and 1200 series of cases would do well to consider a matching CP-1000 power
supply. Given the length of warranty provided and future power requirement
trends such a pairing will provide superb performance now and enough headroom to
cope for many years to come.
Summary: Antec P183 is a mid-tower case targeted to the exigent user that wants a high-quality mid-tower case. Here is a summary of what we found about this product.
In summary, we think this is a terrific product for the user that is looking for an above-the-average mid-tower case. We were really impressed by its quality and options. The only real negative point about this case for the Average Joe is its price.
Conclusion: Antec set out to improve on the already popular P180 series with the P183. The focused on increasing the air flow in and out of the case along with adding fans to keep things free of dust on the inside. Although I don't have an earlier version to compare the P183 too, I can attest to the airflow and low noise levels that have made the P180 series so popular. The P183 would be a great choice for almost any rig from gaming, HTPC, or as something simple for a client.
Summary: Like the P182 , the P183 is not a drastic redesign of its predecessors. Everything we loved about the P180/P182 remains — the segregated power supply compartment, sound-damping multi-ply panels, easily accessible soft-mounted drive cages, removable filters, and elegant exterior appearance. In a nutshell, Antec has reorganize the bottom chamber and improve intake ventilation on the front panel.
Summary: On our test bench today we have the new P183 from Antec, another product in their Performance series. Similar to the P182 that we tested earlier, this case also has the same gun metal color, front door in the same fashion and an exhaust fan in the top. But what about the rest of the case, is there something that differs from the P182 ? Well head over to next page and we’ll take a look on the all new P183.
Conclusion: The Antec P183 arrived in class and performed beyond my expectations. In addition to the excellent shelf appeal of the product packaging, Antec also maintains a high-quality website with plenty of photos and information. A few of the P183 links weren't working, but that is often the case with a recent product launch. Once outside the box, the updated exterior styling adds a nice touch on an old classic.
Pros: Visually appealing design, Excellent thermal performance, Variable speed fans w/ integrated controller, Noise reduction/isolation mounts, Built in support for water cooling, Three year warranty
Cons: Still no motherboard tray cutout for heatsink mounting access
Excerpt: Viewing page 1 of 2 pages. 1 2 Next June 3, 2008 by Mike Chin After several years of attendance, I decided to skip Computex in Taipei this year to focus on work closer to home. Namely, the project to build SPCR's own anechoic chamber and upgrade our acoustic test equipment . I would miss renewing friendships among IT company contacts and international tech journalists, the excitement of the show, the food & drink.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, while I still consider it a classic, in reality, the P183 does seem a bit outdated with its lack of tooless installs, no interior paint job amd less than stellar cooling. While I like the small additions that have been made to this v3, I think that the 183 needs quite a big revamp to be worth its £120 price tag. Considering you could get yourself the much better Twelve Hundred for almost the same money, I’d say go modern.
Pros: Iconic look and feel, Sound proofing in side panels, Good cable management, USB 3.0 port, SSD mount and CPU cutout, Seperate PSU cooling area
Cons: Lacklustre cooling, Pricing isn’t competitive, No interior paint job, All screw based installs
Conclusion: So there you have it! In a way, we were glad that Antec didn’t drastically redesign the P180 to produce their new P183. Let’s face it, when you’re on to something good, why scrap it and go back to the drawing board? Antec made some important -albeit subtle – improvements, like improved airflow thanks to the front door design and the relocation of the optional lower chamber fan.