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Quiet Gaming Cases, Part 1: Antec, Azza, And Cooler Master

Antec P280

A basic black exterior highlighted by a plain aluminum front door panel lend a stately appearance to Antec’s P280. Vents along the top panel detract only slightly (in my opinion) from this case's self-appointed grandeur.

Bucking the latest trend of placing the front panel-accessible I/O up on top of the case, the P280's ports are actually found on the front panel! Imagine that. While this makes them easy to access from either above or below, any cords hanging from the ports do get in the way of the front door.

The drive door hides three 5.25” drive bays and an un-dampened plastic face panel. Antec instead places the dampening foam in the door itself to absorb noise, particularly from a graphics card, which might otherwise escape through a mesh-filtered front intake panel.

Though the P280 has no intake fans (as it was delivered), two 120 mm coolers can be added behind the removable filter. These would blow directly into the hard drive cage, which appears designed to deflect some of the noise emanating from a loud graphics card.

Nine expansion slots provide room for oversized motherboards, such as Gigabyte’s X58A-UD9, though its bottom expansion slot would require one more space to support a double-slot card. Instead, we think this extra space is ideal for installing oversized graphics cards and port breakout plates onto standard ATX boards, or installing a double-slot card at the bottom of the more modestly-oversized 890FXA-UD7 .

Builders who prefer external liquid coolers will appreciate the pair of oversized grommets that Antec places next to the P280’s expansion slots, while gamers building with traditional heat sinks and fans may find the fan controller more useful. Two speeds are available for manual control, though we'd frankly rather connect three-pin fans directly to our motherboard, enabling temperature-based response.

  • jrayx
    I like the Silencio 650 features, but the airflow is restricted in the front and bottom. And no one sells that case in my country.
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  • James296
    sweet, been looking for a quiet gaming case =)
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  • dthesleepless
    I'd like to see how the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 compares in your testing.

    In my testing I found it to be the most efficient silent case I've ever had on my workbench.
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  • EzioAs
    Things I love about silence optimized case: Simple, elegant look. Nothing tacky and doesn't looks like it was made for some 12 years old

    Things I hate about silence optimized case: Usually doesn't cool well (poor airflow) and isn't really that much quieter compared to non silence optimized case

    It 's really hard to find the right balance but I'm loving the Antec P280. Exterior and interior looks good and seems spacious enough. Price isn't so bad either.

    Any chance you could review the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1? Heard a lot of good things about it .
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  • JOSHSKORN
    I'd like to see the Fractal Design Define R4 (and/or XL if it's not out of stock, which it currently is) reviewed and compared at some point. It's suppose to be a quiet case. Gaming, not sure about that one.
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  • There is also the Corsair 550D to look at for the quite gaming experience.
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  • killerclick
    As usual, Cooler Master is mediocre at best. What pathetic company, the only thing they seem to do good is marketing to budget-conscious consumers.
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  • EzioAs
    9540164 said:
    As usual, Cooler Master is mediocre at best. What pathetic company, the only thing they seem to do good is marketing to budget-conscious consumers.

    I disagree. A lot of their chassis are good (HAF, Elite). I like their storm stryker/trooper. Most of their peripherals have great quality and reasonable price compared to something like Razer. Their coolers are also great as well (Hyper 212/212+/212 EVO). I just find their power supply unit to be the 2nd grade components, almost all of them I wouldn't use or recommend to other people
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  • mayankleoboy1
    ^ except for the high-end cooler master PSU's. They are quite decent, probably because Seasonic actually makes them.
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  • Crashman
    dthesleeplessI'd like to see how the Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 compares in your testing.In my testing I found it to be the most efficient silent case I've ever had on my workbench.JOSHSKORNI'd like to see the Fractal Design Define R4 (and/or XL if it's not out of stock, which it currently is) reviewed and compared at some point. It's suppose to be a quiet case. Gaming, not sure about that one.Perhaps you will...has anybody ever noticed the resemblance between those two?
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