Thursday, June 16, 2011

This is the Antec P280

Antec was eager to share with us its upcoming P280 chassis. The case we were shown is still a prototype but it's going to be Antec's flagship when it comes out later this year.

The P280 will be priced at around $169 $140 ($160 MSRP), similar in price to the P180 it will replace. Power and reset buttons are behind the front cover, while the rest of the front panel IO was relocated further up the case.

The front of the chassis has two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports, all of which are driven off of motherboard headers.

The P280 has three tool-less 5.25" drive bays, just depress the release lever and slide the drive out:

There are two 2.5" and six 3.5" bays inside the chassis. The 3.5" trays don't accept 2.5" drives by default unfortunately.

All fans in the case can be driven by a collection of 3-pin fan headers at the very back of the case. A single molex connector feeds power to the fan header PCB.

Antec improves cable management by offering even more room behind the motherboard tray to route thicker cables:

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