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2003 Winter Case Review Part 2: The ATX Avalanche

Antec: Performance One Series P160

From Antec we received the most eagerly anticipated case of all of the cases in this review. Antec, legendary for its quality design and configuration, has finally launched its first aluminum chassis with the introduction of its new P160. The P160 is part of Antech’s new Performance 1 Series. Previously, Antec only offered cases manufactured with steel ; thus, the new addition of its first-ever aluminum chassis has met with a great deal of anticipation. Antec has been quite renowned for its quality and innovation in the past ; it will be interesting to see if Antec is able to deliver when switching from steel to aluminum. Let’s see what we find.

Number Of Internal 3-½" Bays4
Number Of External 3-½" Bays2
Number Of External 5-¼" Bays4
Number Of Case Fans Supported2 ; 1 - 120mm rubber grommeted, rear-mounted fan ; optional - 1 120mm rubber grommeted, front-mounted fan
Construction Material1.2mm thick anodized aluminum
Power Supply DetailsNot included
Special FeaturesSwiveling front-mounted control panel that includes 2 USB 2.0 ports ; 1 1394/Firewire port ; 1 MIC jack, 1 headphone jack ; built-in LED temperature sensor display with 2 built-in temperature sensors ; rubber grommeted internal hard drive trays for noise and vibration reduction ; removable motherboard tray ; fingerprint resistant finish
Size20.25"(H) x 8.1" (W) x 19.75"(D)
Sample Case Provided Bywww.antec-inc.com
Estimated Cost$149.00 US
Cooling Potential Rating9
Construction Quality Rating8
Overall Case Rating9

Upon removing the P160 from its packaging, it is obvious that Antec took the time for its long awaited debut in aluminum chassis very seriously. Antec spent considerable time designing the P160 to be unique when compared to other available aluminum chassis. Antec obviously wanted to make a very big splash with the P160 introduction. From the blue lighting that adorns the front fan intake in the front bezel to the unique roll up design of the front ports, Antec has gone beyond what it had to do to provide a case that is unique in comparison to others in the aluminum case market space.