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Antec: Performance One Series P160, Continued

2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche
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Due to the chassis design, in particular the pivoting of the hard drive cage design, the amount of room to conceal unsightly cables is definitely at a premium on the P160.

The innovative front-mounted top port and temperature display on the P160.

Beyond the blue colored grill lighting of the P160 the pivoting port connection area that is included at the top of the P160 is perhaps one of the most interesting features of this case. While this port connection panel can pivot, it should be noted that in most cases the user will want to adjust the angle to take advantage pf the temperature LED that is mounted in this panel. During our testing, we found the temperature LED to be fairly accurate within a degree or two of our testing procedure. We also would like to compliment Antec for including a 1394/Firewire cable connection that allows for direct connection to the motherboard. This feature still is not found in very many cases.

Included with the P160 is a 16-page assembly manual that provides installation instructions and photos in five different languages. Antec continues to set the gold standard in case manuals. It seems as though no other case manufacturer is able to capture Antec’s quality users’ manuals. While the installation of our components into the P160 did not necessitate use of this manual, we were still impressed by the thorough procedure review, as this can greatly assist first-time builders as well as novices in correctly installing their components into the P160.

From the two included optical drive bay covers and the included floppy drive bay covers Antec seems to have thought of nearly everything to make the use of their P160 case both functional and elegant looking. The P160 is a great initial aluminum case offering from Antec. The only negative comment we can offer about the P160 is that Antec failed to include a front 120mm fan, and we question the long-term reliability and sturdiness of the front-mounted port connectors. Although we did not encounter any problems with these port connectors during our testing, the plastic design that pivots in this design manner could pose a potential recipe for future problems.

We are somewhat leery of the design that Antec has used with the P160, but this may be due to the fact that we have not seen a design of this type before. Still, overall the P160 is an excellent effort and is very much worthy of consideration for purchase. Some might find the mirrorized accents on the front bezel a bit gaudy for their taste ; we found this feature to add a unique effect not seen previously. Overall, it is an excellent first effort from Antec and certainly is most likely destined to become very popular with case purchasers everywhere.

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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