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  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    The P180 series was a pain in the butt to work in, but by god was it quiet. Reply
  • qiankun - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    "Antec has relocated power/reset buttons to behind the front cover "

    Actually the buttons has always been behind the front cover ever since P180.
  • Guspaz - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    The power/reset buttons on the P183 are inside the door, not outside. It's impossible to accidentally press them by bumping into them, but as they're behind air vents, you can stick your finger through the vent and press the power/reset button without opening the door. Reply
  • seedvt - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    Much more user-friendly design compared to the P180 line. Reply
  • Mumrik - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    You're right about that Ryan... (looks at P180 to my left)

    6 internal 3½" bays doesn't cut it for me. Remove another 5.25 or two and squeeze in 8, then we can talk.
  • Snotling - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    Yeah who cares for more than one 5.25"... let alone more than 2! Reply
  • Spivonious - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    I'm using three right now. DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, and X-Fi connector bay. Reply
  • makken - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    Looks like they removed the plate dividing the top from the bottom, added in an opening for the psu fan, and added an additional 120mm opening on the top. I wonder how badly these changes affect the acoustics as the quiet aspect of the p180 series have always been the main draw for me. Reply
  • MamiyaOtaru - Thursday, June 02, 2011 - link

    Dividing plate was dumb anyway. If one of the chambers had hotter components, that chamber's fan had to work harder. Now they can all share the load, no matter where the heat is. More, slower fans are quieter than fewer, faster ones. Reply
  • haukionkannel - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    The extra room behind the motherboard tray is most welcome improvement. It makes caple management easier! Those USB3 port in the front were somewhat expected. I hope allso that they maintain thei good ventilation and acustic! Reply
  • MadAd - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    every day they look more and more like a dinosaur

    my friend bought a pc back we built for him ~2002, explaining how everythings changed i said, "well you can still use the case"
  • iahawkeye - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    I have an original P180, and have had it for a good 5 years or so. Great case, whisper quiet with the right fans, can fit 2 full size video cards, etc. There are two things are missing on this version of the P280 that I think helped to make the P180 so great.

    1) The divider that creates the upper and lower compartments. It increased airflow in the upper compartment (I had the top drive cage removed, and a fan installed)
    2) Removable/configurable drive bays.

    I do like the extra cable management (I still dread cracking my P180 open to perform surgery). It looks like they have acoustic foam on the side panels to help deaden sound and reduce weight, I like that as well. Even as it stands, I will be giving this case a good look when I purchase my new build.
  • Doltmoopsie - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    The foam in the doors is too thin, and is not textured or layered. They steel of the doors and the back case are also thin. While thin is cheaper to make and to ship, it is not going to stop component noise from getting out of the case.

    The P180 was also plagued by thin steel. The NZXT Whisper is not promoted well, but it has 10mm textured foam and thick steel. If you are not going to LAN parties all the time, then you will not care the the NZXT Whisper weights 7 lb. more then the P180.

    Thick and heavy will always cut more noise then thin and light.
  • spidey81 - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    Not sure if it's just me, but one of the things I liked about the P18X line was the fact the only air intake was in the front. The only filters you had were right there and easy to access. Why do case manufacturers insist on putting an inlet below the PSU. The way Antec had it with their performance one line was perfect if you ask me!

    Also, as some of you have pointed out, the removable cage allowed for extended length pci-e cards to be installed. Doubt if that will be easily done if at all with this redesign.

    As for the removal of the "chamber" design, I am one that liked it. It may have been a hassle with routing, but it created a airflow chamber for the hard drives and psu. But this is just my two cents.
  • slick121 - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    SPCR folks will be up in arms over the top holes. Reply
  • riottime - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    ..i got a P183 outfitted with amd's hexa core monster in it and 4 wd hdds at 2 gb a piece and a devilish 2gb hd 5850 card. all that and the case is super quite and cool. i plan to get the P183 v3 with it's special 2.5" spot for ssd drives and stick a sb 2600k i7 system inside if bulldozer doesn't materialize soon. ;) Reply
  • MamiyaOtaru - Thursday, June 02, 2011 - link

    ON MY FACE Reply

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