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Antec P183 v3



Antec P183 v3

External Features

Despite the chrome surrounds for the front panel cut outs, I still think this is one of the better looking cases out there, despite being a few years old at this point.

Antec P183 v3

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It’s got an indented Antec logo at the top of the brushed aluminium front panel.

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Which swings open to reveal some criss gross grills and the front panel connectors. Beneath the power and reset switches you have a locking key, twin USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 and twin 3.5mm headers.

The only downside of the front panel is that it’s all built of plastic. This just feels a bit tacky even if it is nice and chunky. Still, at least each drive bay has a built in washable dust filter. Though that does seem a little redundant as there are no intake fans to pull air in, let alone dust.

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The top panel has a grilled section to allow the near mounted 12cm exhaust fan to pump out any hot air that rises to the top of the enclosure.

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The back has a similarly mounted impellar. Alongside this you’ll find a collection of fan controllers, the PCI brackets, bottom PSU mount and twin water cooling tube holes.

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  • Thanks for the review. This is the best case out there and we use it for most of our system builds, nice to see the V3 having SSD and USB 3 ports finally, this one is living up with the times.

  • Silence

    I am sorry to say that you totally missed the point of this case the P18x series represents the top end of silent PC cases for high end users the reason for “redundant front dust filters” is to dampen sound as well as filter dust as the air flows from the front to back drawing noise away from user. the original was developed with input from silent pc guru Mike Chin and with the correct set-up you can have a whisper quiet gaming rig packed in here or a total silent high power desktop. the price point represents the high quality of materials used in the construction as you will easily see the higher level of quality when compared with some of the competition some use silicon grommets for HDD enclosure that are almost like hard plastic while P18x use super soft ones. performance one series is focused on silence and you missed it.

    • I appreciate that this is a case designed with silence in mind, but the P183 is simply showing its age at this point. It’s not a new design by any means, and to not include any intake fans for £120 is a bit much. Likewise, there’s no interior paint job and it almost exclusively uses traditional screws. Not a thumb screw in sight.

      It’s still a good case, but it’s outshone by modern rivals.

      • russian guy

        The absence of intake fans is arguably a flaw, since most of users prefer to install the ones of their own choice. Again, what use is an interior paint in a completely closed case like this, which is designed to be a solid and ultimately silent solution? :)

        • It’s a personal preference, but when I’m spending over £100 on a case, I want fans in the front and I want an interior paint job.

          • I bought a P180 way back, which I’m still using. That puts me firmly in the firing lines for this case. The cooling in the top chamber is absolutely spot-on, with three (one intake, two exhaust) Silent Eagle 1000s. What we actually need with cases like this is for the manufacturer to stop bundling fans altogether, as the sort of user who actually buys this case (as opposed to just reviewing it) will want to fit their own Silent Eagles or Scythe Gentle Typhoons. Bundled fans are for the same market segment as bundled power supplies; top-quality cases come without.

  • Adrian

    The case is excellent. It brings the P182 and P183 to modern times, with SSD suport and cable management. I am also using a P182 and thought about modding it but now I will switch to this new case. I have owned and seen different cases from HAF X, to FT02, Define XL and Bitfenix Collosus. Only FT02 comes close to the quality of the build involved but its louder.

    Take one P183 v3 (182 in my case), get rid of stock fans. Buy 4 Enermax TBSilence fix rpm (11db). Install 1 in the back and 3 in front (used 1 KamaBay). Cover the upper fan space. Now I have an i7 2600K with fan-less Noctua NH-D14, 8gb 2133Mhz G.Skills, GTX580 with Accelero Extreme Plus fan, 2SSDs + 1 HDD. The system is virtually silent (17db) and powerful. If you can mod and move the front fans 3 cm inside the case probably the noise will go down to 14db.

  • Count Duku

    I’m confused about the 4 5.25 external drive bays. You have to get an external dvd drive instead of an internal one?

  • Frizz

    no :)
    external means accessible from outside (as opposed to internal 3.5″ mounts) while the door is open. You need an internal drive.

    • Count Duku

      Thanks, ya I’m glad I found out before I returned it for an external one :).

  • InaudiblePC

    As many have said, you missed it. This case was designed for silence. It uses a negative pressure cooling method. There are no vents anywhere except in the front, and the back. The reason there are no intake fans is that by using exhaust only, you keep a negative pressure system, and you keep the fans away from the user. The air flowing out creates negative pressure, and air wil come in where it can… The front. Right through the dust filters. Case design is not about cramming fans into a system, it’s about controlling airflow, and this case is amazing at doing just that. I’m not sure how a case can show it’s age, it’s a relatively simple item, and the only changes recently are by Silverstone, but the Raven and siblings are massive compared to this case. I’ve attained better temps with this case, in a negative pressure design than with any other case, and was able to do it with less noise from the system.