Antec P280: Performance One Refresh

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Antec P280: Performance One Refresh

November 21, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Antec P280
ATX Tower Case

The P280 is a new member of the Antec Performance One series, with the distinctive aluminum finish on the front panel / door that's been a hallmark of the P180 series. At first glance the only changes from the popular P180 series are the addition of USB 3.0, and the front panel ports and switches repositioned to the top of the case. Antec seems to have realized that most users would prefer to put a 21" tower on the floor rather than atop their desk. Other than that, it has a similar visage as the P180/182/183... but first impressions can be deceiving.

The P280 is substantially lighter, weighing about 22 lb compared to the 31 lb of its predecessors. The build quality of enthusiast cases has been trending down for some time, but the drastic weight loss is mostly due to interior design changes. Most of the internals have been altered or tweaked to give it a more modern feel. The P180 and subsequent updates embodied qualities that appealed to those seeking both silence and performance. The P280 is a somewhat different beast altogether, despite first appearances. Antec says that, at least for the moment, the P280 is not meant to replace that P183.

The P280 looks familar at first glance, but it is a bit wider and deeper than the P183, with the front door a little narrower than the rest of the case.

Recently Antec released the Solo II, a long awaited sequel to one of our favorite silence-oriented cases. It was a necessary update to a classic that was showing its age when pitted against the current crop of competition. Solo II fixed many of the problems we had with the original, and added better cable management features and USB 3.0, things that have become common place in today's market. Concessions were also made to make it more suitable for higher-end hardware like better fan support and extra clearance for long graphics cards. Despite all these changes, anyone familiar with the original could not deny that at its heart, it was still a Solo. The new Solo II is a success in that it is unlikely to alienate previous fans yet win new ones over with its modernized design. With the P280, it is less about updating the original and more about building on the strengths of the P180 series and expanding into the gaming market.

Aside from a brief manual, a bag of screws, and a few plastic zip-ties, there are no accessories to speak of. Everything you need is inside the case.

Specifications: Antec P280
(from the product web page)
Model P280
Case Type Super Mid Tower
Cooling System • 2 x 120 mm top TwoCool™ exhaust fans
• 1 x 120 mm rear TwoCool™ exhaust fan
• 2 x 120 mm internal intake fans (optional)
• 2 x 120 mm front intake fans (optional)
• Fan power hub allows you to connect four 3-pin fans to a single Molex for improved cable management
Drive Bays • 3 x 5.25” tool-less drive bays
• 2 x 2.5” drive bays (dedicated)
• 6 x 3.5” / 2.5” drive trays
Front Ports 2 x USB 3.0 with internal motherboard connector
2 x USB 2.0
Audio In/Out
Expansion Slots / video card size • 9 expansion slots
• Maximum video card size: 13” / 330 mm
Maximum CPU Cooler Height 6.7" / 170 mm
PSU No power supply included
Motherboard Support XL-ATX [13.6” x 10.3” (345 mm x 262 mm)], Standard ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX
CPU Cutout Enlarged CPU cutout
Cable Management 30 mm of cable routing space behind motherboard tray
Side panel features None
Dimensions • Unit Dimensions:
- 526 mm (H) x 231 mm (W) x 562 mm (D)
-20.7” (H) x 9.1” (W) x 22.1” (D)
• Package Dimensions:
-575 mm (H) x 290 mm (W) x 630 mm (D)
-22.6” (H) x 11.4” (W) x 24.8” (D)
Weight • Net Weight: 22.3 lbs / 10.2 kg
• Gross Weight: 26.5 lbs / 12.0 kg

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