Sleek on the out side, but Not well thought out on the inside.
Philip N., Newegg
5 December 2011
Pros: More Drive space then you will ever probably need. 2 USB 2 & 1 USB 3 ports on front panel. The interior design allows you to hide most cables behind the motherboard. Cleanable screens to filter out dust on vacant driver ports. With an add on Antec H2O 920 Kuhler for the CPU and the original top case fan set at low, the system runs at relatively cool temperatures of +45c.
Cons: Large Video Cards can not be installed due to middle drive bay configuration. The USB 3 Front Panel Cable is an external cable that you have to pass through the back panel to plug into a USB 3 Port. Would have been nice if they included a patch for the motherboard, or better yet, make the cable an internal USB 3 with external USB 3 Adapter. The two case fans that come with the case have hard wired switches to the back panel. I count this as a Con, if you remove the fa...
Pros: I was building a new system, which meant replacing my beloved (albeit ugly silver) P180 case as well. Because I wanted to spend my money on quality components, I figured I'd save some on the case. I looked around at the cases on Newegg and decided initially on the Lian Li PC-K58 case because several of the reviewers noted how quiet it was. After assembling my new computer, I'm left with the belief those reviewers were powering their prior systems with surplus WWII fig...
Cons: Antec took away the sound damping on the top panel. It vibrates more than the P180, but is still very quiet.
Summary: The front-panel USB3 implementation is crude. I wish they used a motherboard header, instead of the rear-panel connector.
Pros: I just build my system around this case. It's an i7-based system built for silent computing. The case oozes quality, compared to other cases I've owned over the years. Antec pays attention to detail, trying to minimize vibration with rubber grommets and strips. The finish is gorgeous, the construction solid. I gave it 5 eggs because it fulfills the goal of helping to make my system silent perfectly.
Cons: Compared to some of the more recent designs (e.g., Corsair 650D), it seems a bit dated. I wish it had more cable management, grommetted holes, and more space between the back of the motherboard tray and the side panel. I managed to do my cable management the way I wanted, but had trouble fitting all the cables at the back. Admittedly, I have a lot of cables, and a non-modular PS.
Summary: The bottom HDD bay is extremely cramped to work in with several drives installed. The top HDD bay will not fit with long GPUs.
Pros: Good build quality with subdued, sophisticated good looks -- no tacky lights, side windows, or over-designed plastic molding here!
Cons: The top fan causes very audible vibrations in the case metal, even on its lowest speed setting. In a case billed for "quiet computing," this seems like a major design oversight. I decided to leave the top fan turned off entirely, as my CPU load temperatures are acceptable with only the rear fan on (modestly overclocked 2600k, with a Noctua NH-U12P SE2 cooler).
Summary: Great case. I was really happy when i got this one. Very fast shipping from mwave. I purchased this with the Antec cp-850 made specially for this and one other case and the two work great together.
Pros: I was a little hesitant in paying $xxx for this case, but it had everything i wanted so i jumped on it. Great things: room for 4-5 large 120mm fans i say 4-5 because one fits on the top hard drive cage and may not fit if your video card is too long. The front has easily cleanable fan cages that open by pushing in and they pop out. Very easy cable management with several holes that allow cables to be wired through other case and between motherboard and case door essent...
Cons: No side air fan. But i didnt see that as much of a loss
Summary: The placement of the upper HD bay restricts the use of long or extended Video Cards, though all other users will not notice. Anyone who plans to install a longer card will need to prepare for the possibility of removing the upper bay. Removal of the upper bay also removes the option to mount smaller HD's (such as SSD's) and the option for the extra VC case fan.
Pros: I can definitely understand the appeal to this Case. For a midsize it feels and looks very roomy, and the removable compartments make adding Hard Drives much less of a hassle.
Cons: The majority of the issues with this case are trivial and will only be noticed by users who plan to maximize the use of the case.
Pros: Well built, well constructed, looks great. Reliable Antec quality and good documentation.
Cons: Caution: product cooling specification is misleading. Although the P183V3 is listed (on the Antec web site) as hosting 2 TriCool (TM) fans, rear and top, these are NOT the actual 120 mm Antec TriCool (TM) fans . The fans included with the case are 3 speed fans with external switches, BUT these fans do not include motherboard connectors (only 4 pin power connectors) and do not have a live sensor connection for speed monitoring. If you want the fans to shut down while t...