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Antec-p183.32811232
8.6 out of 10

Antec P183

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Overall 8
8.0

Nice case

Brodie S., Newegg
9 January 2013
  • Summary: Has great potential if Antec improves on a few areas and bring it up to date with the latest modern case features.
  • Pros: This is a nice case but after owning this and then getting a Fractal R4 recently do yourself a favor and get the r4. WAY easier to work on and quieter and just all around better. Antec need to revise this case and take some tips(more room behind mobo, get rid of the divider separating power supply from mobo, widen the case, improve sound dampening material) from Fractal and this case could be awesome too. In some ways the Antec feels more solid and "quality" but it la...
  • Cons: Very little room behind mobo, divider between upper and lower level, top fan is noisy from being mounted horizontal I am guessing. I ended up removing it and making a padded blug to block off more noise. I also wouldn't consider this case water cooling friendly if you are looking at doing that. You would have to do a good amount of modding.
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Overall 8
8.0

Big and Shiny

Logan C., Newegg
25 October 2012
  • Pros: Wonderful box. Easy to work with and a great cable management design. Fans it came with are great and quiet even when set to high. USB 3 in the front is also great.
  • Cons: The one thing this case is missing is the detachable main board mount. Most Cases that are in this price range have this.
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Overall 8
8.0

Gorgeous, but Inconvenient

Daniel J., Newegg
3 September 2012
  • Summary: I absolutely love this case. It's gorgeous, very quiet (even with two 120mm fans in the front), and keeps all of its innards very cool. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat just for those things. But any time I have to turn it on (which is fairly often, as it so happens), I must open the case door and fumble for the invisible power button.
  • Pros: -Very attractive design -Incredibly quiet -All stock fans are speed-adjustable -Front fan slots are filtered -Dual-compartment interior for excellent heat management -Easy drive installation -Built-in 2.5" drive support -Solid, precision feel in every moving part
  • Cons: Front door obscures an already-camouflaged power button Front fan filters are not easily removable (incorrect manual?) No Front fans included (No wonder it was so quiet at first!) Front USB3 doesn't use MoBo headers (Must use rear ports) Not much room between side panel and back of motherboard. Both panels are difficult to align and slide in correctly.
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Overall 8
8.0

Very nice!

CHRIS S., Newegg
9 May 2012
  • Summary: Good case - would def. buy again! And it's not THAT heavy! Average weight for a case its size.
  • Pros: Solid design. Purchased a couple to design a high-end CAD workstation. Plenty of room for big video cards and a decent power supply. A lot of room to grow!
  • Cons: I don't like the hard drive light placement, but that's just me. Also, not a fan of how they wired the two fans up top. If you don't anchor them down good, very good chance they can get caught in the fan blades.
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Overall 8
8.0

Be careful with SSDs

Mr. P., Newegg
15 April 2012
  • Summary: Could make some more room in the back for cable management. There is a fair amount of cable management room, but could be wider.
  • Pros: Easy Air filters Easy removable hard drive cages If you remove the top HD cage, can fit an extremely long video card. Solid case and quiet
  • Cons: front panel USB3.0 joke connection using a cable to the rear USB 3.0 port (may have been corrected in future revisions) Top/Rear fan are set up for 4pin molex instead of 3pin mobo connections, one extra cable to run. Incompatible 2.5 HDD mounting solution for Crucial M4 128gb SSD, had to buy an IcyDock converter ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-2B. Screws used for silicon grommets are too thick for the SSD and won't thread. There are some screws included that will thread, but with...
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Overall 8
8.0

Looks good

George D., Newegg
27 March 2012
  • Summary: I do highly recommend this case, especially if you like the looks of it. Just be aware that it is not easiest case to work with.
  • Pros: This case is beautiful. It is both industrial and elegant, and professional but interesting. Seriously. Also, it is fairly quiet. You'll need different fans if you want a silent system, but the case itself has nice sound insulation. Theoretically, there is a lot of room for stuff. Airflow is good with an extra front fan. 3 front USB 3.0 (see cons)
  • Cons: Managing the cables is ... tricky. Antec obviously put thought into it, but it was still a bit difficult to manage (I had 5 sata devices total, and a large graphics card. Cable management will be nice and easy if you don't have as much stuff). The case is very tall, so it will be a stretch getting some of the cables to route nicely. The new ones are being shipped with 3 USB 3.0 ports with internal USB 3.0 connectors. That should be good, but to use all 3, you need two...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great case with a couple annoying flaws

David M., Newegg
8 November 2011
  • Summary: Two small grievances with an otherwise brilliant case. I like the simple yet sophisticated styling, and it keeps my hardware cool and quiet.
  • Pros: For this build, I was going for lots of airflow for quiet but not silent computing on a mid-range system, with good but simple aesthetic style and lots of upgrade potential. This case does not disappoint in that regard. Everything was very easy to install, plenty of room to work with and manage cables, and the compartmentalization is excellent. I am running a mildly overclocked Athlon II X3 445 with a Zalman CNPS10X Quiet heatsink and a GTX 460 768mb. I have the top c...
  • Cons: The biggest con for me is that the top fan is NOT quiet. From reading reviews online, this seems to be due to the steel grate that creates turbulence and vibrates when the fan is on. It easily creates twice the noise of the identical back fan. I am not sure why they did not have just an empty circle - this is a very poor design choice. Honestly, this is why I docked it one star because it is simply unacceptable. However, I still highly recommend this case. I am runnin...
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Overall 8
8.0

Well-Made, Roomy, Silent Case

Jack H., Newegg
11 September 2011
  • Pros: A well-made, silent, roomy mid-tower case that is capable of housing a full-sized ATX motherboard with a Prolimatech Genesis CPU cooler and a full-sized video card. Also much lighter then the Antec Sonata/Solo. Better build quality then the Silverstone Fortress FT02. Throw in some undervolted Nexus and Prolimatech fans with quiet drive mounts and you have a solid foundation for a silent gaming system.
  • Cons: The metal that sits flush against the struts and hub of the top fan greatly increases the noise level of the system. You will need to get a Dremel tool to cut the offending metal away. Stock fans are not nearly as quiet as after-market fans provided by Nexus or Prolimatech. Front USB 3.0 port requires you to sacrifice a rear port to be used (not a huge con as far as I am concerned, but worth mentioning).
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Overall 8
8.0

Really nice case, roomy and well-designed

Anonymous, Newegg
26 July 2011
  • Summary: Overall, just a really sleek looking machine, very subtle in design.
  • Pros: - Really roomy. - Mostly screwless design. - Air filters are nice. - Supports CP series of PSUs, which are all really nice for the money.
  • Cons: - Top fan rattled, so I had to pause the top fan. Even so, the case allows for enough airflow to keep my innards cool. - Fans are a bit noisy if you're going for a silent PC, but this is easily remedied.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good case that could use some tweaks

Kriangsiri M., Newegg
14 July 2011
  • Summary: Despite the long section of cons above, I'm still happy with my P183. It's a solid, well-designed case.
  • Pros: Good build quality with subdued, sophisticated good looks -- no tacky lights, side windows, or over-designed plastic molding here! Quiet (although not silent by any means) with the top fan turned off. Several design improvements over the P180B -- improved airflow, large opening in the motherboard tray to allow easy access to the back of the CPU mounting area.
  • 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). The bottom HDD bay is extremely cramped to work in with several drives installed. The top HDD bay will not fi...
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