Antec P100 Case: Performance One on a Budget

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INTERIOR

The metal panels of the P100 are fairly thin compared to previous Performance One cases but about as good as one could expect from a US$70 model. Having a non-removable drive cage running from ceiling to floor certainly helps with structural integrity.


The side panels use the same hinge-style mounting design as the P280 but at 0.7 mm thick, they are thinner. And instead of polycarbonate sheets bonded to the interior, it's lined with the same light foam as the door. (Editor's Note: We know from long experience that this thin foam has literally NO audible effect on the acoustics of any computer. The polycarbonate also does nothing to airborne acoustics, per se, but it increases the mass and acoustic blocking quality of the panels, which means it contains the noise within better, and is more resistant to vibration.)


The interior is basically the same as the P280. The rigid fixed drive cage is notable as most modern towers have at least one removable drive cage to accommodate long graphics cards, which ironically is a feature on the older P18x models. There is one little surprise in the bundles of wiring in that the USB 3.0 header has an alternate USB 2.0 header for users with older motherboards.


Most competing cases also ventilate each individual drive bay to allow more airflow through every unused slot but in the P100, they're mostly solid. The drive trays are the same as those used in the P280 with thick but soft silicone grommets that isolate the drive from below.


Padding is provided on the floor of the case to elevate and limit vibration from the power supply and a very open honeycomb grill is used to feed its fan.


The ceiling fan covers are lined with the same low density foam as the door and side panels. In keeping with the budget, the covers are made of weak plastic that bends with little effort. The ceiling position is great for thicker dual fan radiators as there is 6.5 cm of clearance above the top edge of the motherboard.


The back of the motherboard tray has a similar old school design to the P280 with fewer cable tie-down points along the cable routing holes but more below the CPU cutout. There are no modern niceties like dedicated 2.5 inch drive mounts or velcro straps.



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