Antec P280: Performance One Refresh

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Assembling a system in the P280 is straight forward. Our test system consists of an Asus 790GX motherboard, a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD Caviar hard drive and a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply.

Like the steel trays of old, the plastic hard drive caddy are attach under the drive. We noticed no noticeable vibration from the hard drive to the rest of the case during testing.

The motherboard tray cutout had a corner in the middle that just barely accommodated our AM3 backplate.

There is an ample 3.2 cm of space behind the tray.

Our only complaint about the layout is the fan hub located above the rear exhaust fan. It's incredibly inconvenient having to drag a single molex connector to the upper back corner of the case to power the fans. One could possibly relocate it to another area of the case, but the stock fan cables are very short so extension cables would be required.

Our HD 4870 CrossFireX test system, fully installed. There was 10.9 cm of space to the right of the graphics cards, making the total clearance about 35.0 cm (13.8 inches). There was a 1.6 cm gap above our FZ120 CPU cooler, making heatsink clearance 17.2 cm (6.8 inches).

With plenty of routing holes, cabling proved to be a breeze.

Powered on, the P280 has but two subdued blue LEDs, one indicating power, the other hard drive activity.

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