Antec P100 Case: Performance One on a Budget

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Antec P100 Case: Performance One on a Budget

June 2, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Antec P100
ATX Tower Case
Street Price

Antec was one of the first manufacturers to make a serious attempt at merging quiet and performance case design. A collaboration with SPCR editor Mike Chin culminated in the P180, which I consider the most influential ATX case model of all time. Even a decade after its release, elements from the P180's design can be seen in practically every tower available today. Through the years, Antec has produced several revisions, but they stayed more or less true to the original layout except for the P280 which introduced a completely open front vent scheme, a non-removable drive cage, and abandoned the separate power supply compartment.

The Antec P100.

The P100 is currently the only low cost variant of the Performance One line, a trimmed down version of the P280 that does a fairly nice job passing as its bigger, better equipped brother. From the outside, this US$70 model looks remarkably similar. It has the recognizable solid aesthetic, open front air vents, dual fan placement on the top, and exposed front ports over a shimmering front facia. The door is actually plastic with a smooth glossy layer that could easily pass as aluminum. Being a budget model, its not as well built, with thinner construction just about everywhere. The P100 is also smaller, being slightly narrower and about 4 cm shorter and shallower than the P280.

Having lost some height, the P100 also discards a couple of expansion slots bringing the total down to seven, and loses a 5.25 inch bay, leaving two behind, which should be sufficient for the vast majority of users. Instead of three stock fans, you only get two, but they've added plastic covers on the top keeping them dust free when not in use and preventing noise from leaking out of the ceiling. Larger 140 mm fans at the top and front are now an option if you prefer. Furthermore, the noise-deadening polycarbonate sheets on the side panels have been swapped out for a cheaper, less dense foam. Other than that, the two cases are quite similar.



The accessories are jammed into a plastic bag tied to one of the 5.25 inch bays inside. Antec provides a very basic product overview, a handful of zip-ties, screws and standoffs, and a pair of 3-pin to 4-pin molex adapters for the included fans.

Relevant Specifications: Antec P100
(from the product web page)
Case type ATX Case
Color(s) Black
Drive bays 9 Drive Bays:
• 2 x 5.25" tool-less drive bays
• 7 x 3.5" / 2.5" drive trays
Motherboard support Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
Expansion slots 7
Maximum graphics card size 12.5" (317.5 mm)
Maximum graphics card size 6.7" (170 mm)
Cooling system • 1 x 120 mm front intake fan
• 1 x 120 mm rear exhaust fan
• 2 x 120 / 140 mm top exhaust fan (optional)
• 1 x 120 / 140 mm front intake fans (optional)
Water cooling support rear water cooling grommets
Enlarged CPU cutout Yes
Front ports • 2 x USB 3.0
• 2 x USB 2.0
• Audio In/Out
PSU mount Standard ATX
Unit dimensions • 484 mm (H) x 220 mm (W) x 523 mm (D)
• 19" (H) x 8.7" (W) x 20.6" (D)

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