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 Post subject: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:50 pm 
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It looks to be the successor of the Antec P180 Mini which is starting to show age. It should only cost 100 USD and the top fan looks like a 120/140 mm fan, a happy welcome compared to the 200 mm fan that had no aftermarked alternatives.

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/23061

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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:44 pm 
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I have a Mini P180 with the Antec Big Boy 200mm Tri-Cool top fan, and it is inaudible at low speed (when PC is in normal use position on the floor). Easy to find the OEM replacement fan as well (at least for now). Not only is it quiet, it is close enough to my Xigmatech S1283 cooler that I have no fan on the CPU cooler, and the system idles at 21C (at least according to Asus mb) with AMD 240e dual core 2.8GHz.

I am not convinced that using a 120mm or 140mm top fans is a step forward over the 200mm Big Boy.

The big improvement to me for the P280, is the top front edge I/O ports for USB and audio. The ones down closer to the floor on the P18x cases are back-breakers.


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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:42 pm 
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Here's hoping the Mini is available in anything other than black.


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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:46 pm 
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m0002a wrote:
I have a Mini P180 with the Antec Big Boy 200mm Tri-Cool top fan, and it is inaudible at low speed (when PC is in normal use position on the floor). Easy to find the OEM replacement fan as well (at least for now). Not only is it quiet, it is close enough to my Xigmatech S1283 cooler that I have no fan on the CPU cooler, and the system idles at 21C (at least according to Asus mb) with AMD 240e dual core 2.8GHz.


at which voltage or speed do you run your 200 mm fan?

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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:30 pm 
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kuzzia wrote:
at which voltage or speed do you run your 200 mm fan?

All Anetc Tri-Cool fans have a three-way switch to control voltage\rpm. I run mine at the slow speed. The new Two-Cool fans have a two-way switch. The switch is mounted on the rear of the Mini P180.

Here are the specs for the Antec 200mm Big Boy Tri-Cool Fan from the Antec website (based on connection to 12V source). They don't list the voltages, but I guess you can do the math:

Speed 400, 600, 800 RPM
Airflow 83, 108, 134 CFM
Input Current 0.08A, 0.17A, 0.3A (Max)
Input Power 0.96W, 2.04W, 3.6W


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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:57 pm 
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m0002a wrote:
I have a Mini P180 with the Antec Big Boy 200mm Tri-Cool top fan, and it is inaudible at low speed (when PC is in normal use position on the floor).

I have the same, white dressed, Mini: personally I ended up disconnecting the BB, as I can't stand it even at low.

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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:38 am 
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I found some pictures of the case in more angles + insides.
I'm really hoping that removal of the center drive cage is possible + open up that area for longer cards.
Other than that, seems like a fairly straighforward interpretation. I like it.

http://watchmonoblog.blog71.fc2.com/blo ... -2197.html
http://www.cowcotland.com/news/31977/co ... -p280.html


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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:10 am 
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This looks much smaller than the P180 Mini! No separate PSU compartment for one thing. I see this as a good thing as the P180 Mini did struggle to find it's niche given it's not-so-small size for a uATX case. We'll obviously have to wait for final specs to see.

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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:31 am 
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Does the top have a dust filter? The fan of my Mini P180 had tons of dust on it.


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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:43 am 
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Thank you for sharing the Mini P280 case link, it should be available for sale soon by the end of 2012.

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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:24 pm 
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Antec_Rep wrote:
Thank you for sharing the Mini P280 case link, it should be available for sale soon by the end of 2012.

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Now being August, end of the year is NOT soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:06 pm 
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man where is this case? you would think review samples would be going out by now.

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I'm really hoping that removal of the center drive cage is possible + open up that area for longer cards.


it looks like there's a ton of metal both right behind the front fans and behind the drive cages which would block any decent video card as well as air flow. hopefully this is an early prototype and the final case is much better. if they put out whats in the pictures then it's going to be a huge let down, especially for gamers.

Fractal borrowed ideas from Antec now Antec should take some back. The 280 mini should be like the fractal r4 but scaled down. Antec needs to add, removable drive bays for large graphics cards, thicker sound dampening material and support for 120 & 140 fans. the case needs to be wide enough to fit a thermalright hr-02 macho as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 7:29 am 
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I'm wondering if anyone has heard anything more about this case... Does look interesting - most cases on the market nowadays seem huge!


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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:25 am 
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Lucien wrote:
I'm wondering if anyone has heard anything more about this case

AFAIK it's still unreleased (and Antec scheduling is unknown).

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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:54 am 
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The Antec site now lists the Mini P180 as "Discontinued", so I'm now hoping that means the Mini P280 is near (CES looks like a suitable launch moment?) and not that they've decided to drop the 'Mini' Performance One ideas.


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 Post subject: Re: Antec shows P280 Mini at Computex!
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What a disappointment. Thinking this quiet, clean little guy would finally see its day at CES 2013, Antec instead drops a Call of Duty care-package on my head with their absurd GX700. Different strokes, and all that, but what a polar opposite of what I've been waiting for. I vowed to hold off on my next mATX build after seeing the Mini P280 prototype last June, but what's become of it? I assembled a nice Mini P180 build for a friend a few years ago, but its design is in dire need of an update. The prototype indicated a diet (since they seem to be doing away with the PSU partition--not that the Mini could ever accommodate the CP-series PSUs anyway), USB 3.0, and a much-improved dust-filter design. I would buy one in a heartbeat, so I just hope Antec hasn't ditched this niche for greener (cases, too) pastures.


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