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Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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The front bezel of the P160 is very innovative. It includes an incredibly well crafted, three ventilation hole system that is lit by an interesting blue lighting that neatly reflects from the mirrorized finish found around the inside of the front bezel area. The front P160 bezel is constructed of plastic and aluminum. It features grilled intake slits that surround the outside of the entire front bezel. This allows for even greater intake of air that can be exhausted out of the rear of the P160. While the mirrorized pieces surrounding the outer bezel do tend to pick up fingerprints, this is not the case with the fingerprint-resistant finish on both the top and side panels of this case. Antec claims in their included literature with the P160 that with the installation of an Antec TruePower power supply, audible case noise can be reduced by as much as 80%. Because Antec does not explain this claim well, we cannot attest to this statement’s validity ; however, Antec has gone the extra mile by selecting a dual 120mm front and rear fan configuration that is grommeted to reduce vibration. In addition, the drive trays are also grommeted to reduce vibration and noise. These features help Antec make this 16-pound marvel the quietest of the cases we reviewed here.

The inside of the P160.

The P160 features a 1.2mm thickness with an anodized aluminum construction inside and outside. While the P160 exhibited some twist and a small amount of bend, it was not enough for us to consider it relevant. We would definitely like to see Antec tighten up the structural rigidity of the P160 some, but there was nothing in the P160’s construction that gave us cause for concern. The construction features a hard tooled process with smooth edges that are rolled in some areas. The P160 was exceptionally smooth on all edges that we found ; even in some of the more peculiar locations of the case we found only smooth and cleanly finished edges. Hats off to Antec for ensuring that their quality tradition continues !

As for cooling, the rear 120mm low-speed, low-noise fan was included, but we had to add an additional 120mm front fan, as this is an optional feature that was not included. These fans moved an exceptional amount of air through our test P160 case. We were impressed by the quantity of ventilation that occurred from front to rear and how it did not make much noise while doing so. While the internal configuration of the P160 was somewhat cramped inside, it was still acceptable for testing configuration, and we were able to install this with no problem.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!
  3. Bezel, Bezel... Match My Case!, Continued
  4. The Review Process
  5. Antec: Performance One Series P160
  6. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  7. Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued
  8. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE
  9. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  10. Antec Solution Series: SLK3700-BQE, Continued
  11. AOpen A600 Series: A600B
  12. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  13. AOpen A600 Series: A600B, Continued
  14. Aspire: X-Alien
  15. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  16. Aspire: X-Alien, Continued
  17. Aspire: X-Dreamer II
  18. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  19. Aspire: X-Dreamer II, Continued
  20. Athenatech: 400 Series
  21. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  22. Athenatech: 400 Series, Continued
  23. Athenatech: 7800 Series
  24. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  25. Athenatech: 7800 Series, Continued
  26. BeanTech: BT85
  27. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  28. BeanTech: BT85, Continued
  29. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12
  30. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  31. BeanTech Igloo Series: IGLOO 12, Continued
  32. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021
  33. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  34. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  35. Casetek LAN PARTY Dreamer: CK1021, Continued
  36. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT
  37. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  38. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  39. Cooler Master: ATC-201B-BXT, Continued
  40. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK
  41. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  42. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  43. Cooler Master Wave Master: TAC-T01-EK, Continued
  44. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B
  45. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  46. Enermax CS-5171LBFS-B, Continued
  47. Fong Kai FK-333ATX
  48. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  49. Fong Kai FK-333ATX, Continued
  50. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX
  51. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  52. Inwin IW-S564G-ATX, Continued
  53. Inwin X Series IW-X710
  54. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  55. Inwin X Series IW-X710, Continued
  56. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011
  57. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  58. Jeantech Butterfly Series 2011, Continued
  59. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB
  60. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  61. Jeantech Butterfly Series JN424SB, Continued
  62. Lian Li PC-6077
  63. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  64. Lian Li PC-6077, Continued
  65. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01
  66. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  67. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  68. SilverStone Technology Lascala Series / SST-LC01, Continued
  69. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B
  70. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  71. Superpower Superb Series KC2301B, Continued
  72. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD
  73. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  74. Thermaltake Xaser III Lanfire Series: VM2000AD, Continued
  75. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series
  76. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  77. Thermaltake Xaser III VM3000A: Skull Series, Continued
  78. Conclusion: An Extraordinary Number Of High-Scoring Cases Makes Picking The Winners Difficult
  79. Conclusion, Continued
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