Introduction

It has been over two years since we have looked at an Antec product. In January of 2003, we included Antec's True430, their mid-range power supply at the time, in the TruePower series. We now have our hands on the Performance One, or P160 aluminum case from Antec. Antec claims the P160 to be a "Super" mid-tower chassis and we'd like to find out exactly what they mean by that.

There's no question that Antec produces some high quality, high performance products. It is one of the biggest names in the industry, especially when it comes to power supplies and PC cases. We have received many requests to review various Antec products and we finally have our chance.

Antec Performance One P160
Included Features
- Rotating auxiliary module w/temperature display
- Tool-less drive bays
- Removable motherboard tray
- Security features
Improvements Needed
- Drive rails for hard drive bays
- Two standard 120mm fans

Keep these features and possible improvements in mind as we take the P160 out of its box and look deeper into the aluminum chassis from Antec.

More information is available on the P160 at Antec's website.


The P160 at First Glance
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  • sdgserv - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - link

    Have owned the 160 for sometime now..
    Pro..Easy to set up. Great working case
    Cons..Not enough room for the HD molex connectors and ribbons in the back of the case
    Thoughts..I hated the window so I had a new Plexiglass one made. $30.Light blue and it look great.
    I have owned a lot of cases in the 17 years with computers and this one is the 8/10
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  • bnorton - Monday, April 11, 2005 - link

    Your sound benchmarks do not include the Antec Sonata. Shouldn't any sound benchmarks include this case as a reference? Reply
  • bnorton - Monday, April 11, 2005 - link

    Your sound benchmark does not include the Antec Sonata. Shouldn't this case be included as a reference? Reply
  • bnorton - Monday, April 11, 2005 - link

    Your sound benchmarks do not include the Antec Sonata. Shouldn't that be the reference? Reply
  • pwjone1 - Sunday, March 27, 2005 - link

    I would like to second the request for a P180 review. That looks like a lot better case, in terms of air flow and cooling, than the P160.

    One thing I found strange, is that while Anandtech found the P160 the second quietest case, it's not even on SilentPCReview's (SPCR) recommended list. They rated it, and said it was noisy, though they don't much like Al cases in general. Still, odd the different results. Here's the SPCR review URL: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article128-page1.htm...

    Also, they like Antec cases, a lot, so it's not an anti-Antec thing.
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  • L3p3rM355i4h - Thursday, February 17, 2005 - link

    Nice to see anandtech review something that isn't made for the "L337 H4><0rz" crowd. Reply
  • matrix2 - Thursday, February 17, 2005 - link

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  • sdgfish - Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - link

    I have built 2 system with this case and once you get to know it well, it would be hard to buy another. Mine came with 2 fans from Newegg.
    Ideal for SATA

    Cons..
    Tough to use round cables on the HD's not enough room on the back side of the drives.
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  • akugami - Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - link

    This case had a few points that I was looking for in a new case.

    1) Front bezel is an acquired taste for some but it's not that bad. I wanted something with matching drive covers so you don't see the ugly as heck CD/DVD drives but rather a uniform and pleasing design. The oval fan grill design is not that great but it's really not that bad. I would have preferred a plain Jane mesh grill design though. I would have also loved for it to be all metal even steel.

    2) Firewire and USB ports on the front. I do like the way they are positioned and while it's not the most solid feeling device I don't think it feels too cheap.

    3) Large intake and exhaust area. Yeah, you can put a place for 120mm fans but if you cover 80% of the coverage area with a useless design or some tiny holes then it does jack and sh_t for you. You might as well have a 80mm hole in that case cause you're probably pushing the same amount of air. It always drives me nuts when case designers get a brainfart and choke off the intake and exhaust areas with a useless design or tiny holes. Usually on an otherwise nice looking case too. 120mm fans also are great for good airflow at lower noise.

    3) Roomy interior. This is not exactly the most roomy case I've worked in but it's hardly tiny.

    Overall I felt I got what I paid for in this case. Are there better cases out there? Sure, and with a higher price tag to match it. I would have liked an integrated PSU but they most likely would have given you a 350-400 watt one. I have opted for a 520w PSU for future proofing myself so it wasn't a huge minus as I would have very very likely removed that PSU anyways.
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  • LoneWolf15 - Tuesday, February 15, 2005 - link

    I love my Antec P160 as well. Note that although Anandtech didn't mention it, there is a model with a side window, which is the model I have. That model comes with two 120mm fans stock (I have added a custom blowhole to the top of my case for a third 120mm unit). Even if it didn't though, I think true enthusiasts like to choose their fans based on noise/airflow requirements, and the important thing is having 120mm mounts for high airflow at low noise, which this case does well.

    Kudos to Anandtech for their first review (in awhile) of a high-quality, good looking case that combines function and form.
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