Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air

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Antec P183: The P182 Gets Some Air

May 17, 2009 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Antec P183
Advanced Super Mid Tower Case
Manufacturer
Market Price

Having taken part in its design, we have a soft spot for the Antec P180 which first debuted in 2005 — it was a very capable, versatile, and quiet case. Two years later, its successor, the P182, armed with a few solid improvements, really took the case to the next level. In our view, the P182 is iconic, the only case of its class truly designed with silent computing in mind. Now in 2009 comes the P183, which has the unfortunate task of trying to outdo its well-accomplished siblings.


The P183 ships in a large back box with yellow accents.


The P183.

Like the P182, the P183, at least on the outside, looks more or less the same as its predecessor. Obviously it would be foolish of Antec to simply throw the core of the design away, so we weren't expecting it to look dramatically different. Most of the improvements are behind the door and side panels anyway. The most notable feature change is compatibility with Antec's new line of proprietary power supplies.


Antec CP-850 power supply.

"The CP-850 features a unique design with an advanced cooling system, exclusively compatible with some of Antec's most cutting-edge Gamer and Performance One enclosures, including the Twelve Hundred, P183 and P193. By breaking the mold of standardized power supply size restrictions, the CP-850 design is able to provide an excellent price-to-performance ratio. A silent rear 120mm Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) fan and dual PCB layout also ensure optimal cooling performance and reliability."

Specification Comparison
Feature P182 P183
Compatible power supplies ATX ATX, Antec CP series
Drive bays - External 4 x 5.25"; 1 x 3.5"
- Internal 6 x 3.5"
- External 4 x 5.25"; 1 x 3.5"
- Internal 6 x 3.5"
Cooling system
- 1 rear 120mm TriCool™ Fan (standard)
- 1 top 120mm TriCool™ fan (standard)
- 1 lower chamber 120mm TriCool™ Fan (standard)
- 1 upper front chamber - 120mm fan (optional)
- 1 middle chamber - 120mm fan (optional)
- 1 rear 120mm TriCool™ Fan (standard)
- 1 top 120mm TriCool™ fan (standard)
- 1 lower front chamber - 120mm fan (optional)
- 1 upper front chamber - 120mm fan (optional)
- 1 middle chamber - 120mm fan (optional)
Front-mounted ports - 2 x USB 2.0
- 1x IEEE 1394 (FireWire®, i.Link®)
- Audio In/Out (HDA & AC'97)
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x eSATA
- Audio In and Out (HDA and AC'97 compatible)
Expansion slots 7 7
Construction 0.8mm cold rolled steel chassis for durability 0.8mm cold rolled steel chassis for durability
Compatible Motherboards Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
Case dimensions - 21.3" (H) x 8.1" (W) x 19.9" (D)
- 52cm (H) x 21cm (W) x 51cm (D)
- 20.25"(H) x 8.1"(W) x 19.9"(D)
- 514 mm (H) x 205 mm (W) x 507 mm (D)
Net weight 30.9lbs / 14kg 30.9 lbs / 14 kg



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