Antec P190

Cases

Testing

The case was tested with my usual standing test outlined here, and it received top marks by not bending at all. Strength wise this case could be used as building bricks. However, this strength comes at a major cost of weight; nearly 24kg without your PC installed. This thing isn’t for anyone who moves their case… ever.

Antec P190
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Antec P190
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One of the most ridiculous features of this case is the included flexible light, justified by the Antec rep saying that a fridge has a light, so why doesn’t a PC? I’m beginning to see why this has been included. It allows you to work on your PC when it’s under your desk, or in a dark spot. This is unbelievably useful as you won’t want to ever move this case once it’s in position. It can be powered by molex, or by USB. The latter option allows for it to be used when your PC is turned off using the USB standby power. The light isn’t particularly useful, but it negates the need to use your phone as an impromptu torch.

If all the fans are set to low, it’s a very quiet case. Not quite silent, but very quiet. If you decided that you need all the fans on maximum, then you’ll be deafened, but nicely cooled. In fact, this case is underneath my desk, and the top two 140mm fans are making my arm cold. On maximum it’s unbearable and I’d probably get frostbite after a while…

I did a quick test of the cooling capabilities of the case, and my load temperatures of my X1950 PRO were the same as the idle when used in a Lian-Li PCB-20 case. This is pretty damn good, especially at the noise level.

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Last modified: August 15, 2011

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