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Antec Releases New Performance / Gaming PC Cases

Antec Releases New Performance / Gaming PC Cases

The homebuilt PC business is still booming, and if you're in the market to buy up parts and construct your own rig, there's hardly a more important piece to the puzzle than the enclosure. Antec has been making PC cases for years now, and this week the company is celebrating their 25th year in the business with the introduction of even more new gear. The next-generation of the P183, P193, Nine Hundred Two and Twelve Hundred models were launched, expanding the 'Performance One' and 'Gaming Case' series.


The new P183 V3, P193 V3, Nine Hundred Two V3 and Twelve Hundred V3 models offer upgrade potential over the originals, with each of these using USB 3.0 on the front-panel, an internal 2.5" SSD drive bay (two drive bays in the Performance One enclosures and one drive bay in the Gaming Case series, and a CPU cutout that enables easy heatsink replacement. There's also a three-layer side and front panel design (aluminum, plastic, aluminum) in the P183 V3, and dual-layer design in the P193 V3, both of which are there to reduce noise.

Additional attributes of the P193 V3 include space for up to seven variable-speed fans, and features compatibility-enhancing attributes such as its unique power supply mounting option for both standard size power supplies as well as Antec’s exclusive CPX form factor PSUs. Additional features of the Nine Hundred Two V3 include built-in washable air filters (right in the front panel,) room for up to 10 drive bays and eight expansion slots for even greater versatility. The P183 V3, P193 V3, Nine Hundred Two V3 and Twelve Hundred V3 are available now for an estimated price of $179.95, $209.95, $159.95 and $209.95, respectively, through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors, and all of them have 3-year warranties on parts and labor.

Antec Boosts Performance One Series and Gaming Case Lines

Original models enhanced to offer increased flexibility and performance capabilities

Fremont, CA – February 3, 2011 – In its 25th anniversary year, Antec, Inc., the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today introduced the next-generation of the popular P183, P193, Nine Hundred Two and Twelve Hundred models, expanding the Performance One and Gaming Case series’ portfolios, respectively, by adding new convenience options and performance features for PC enthusiasts, gamers and high-performance users.

Antec has taken the fundamentals of its previous P183, P193, Nine Hundred Two and Twelve Hundred enclosures and enhanced them to accommodate the newest component standards with the new P183 V3, P193 V3, Nine Hundred Two V3 and Twelve Hundred V3 models.

Each model is equipped with three key upgrades:

•             Front panel USB 3.0 port for faster data transmission
•             An internal 2.5” SSD drive bay (two drive bays in the Performance One enclosures and one drive bay in the Gaming Case series) for an unmatched combination of performance and convenience
•             A CPU cutout that allows for easy heatsink replacement

“We’re excited to release these new models in the Performance One and Gaming Case series as they offer users enhanced features to keep their leading-edge performance,” said Scott Richards, senior vice president of Antec. “With the new upgrades, these new models exemplify the customer-driven innovation that Antec is known for – users are going to love the increased flexibility and performance offered in these enclosures.”

Antec’s exclusive three-layer side and front panel design (aluminum, plastic, aluminum) in the P183 V3, and dual-layer design in the P193 V3, is retained to reduce noise and ensure Quiet Computing™, and offer excellent cooling capabilities. The P183 V3 also includes a double-hinged front door that opens to 270 degrees, external fan controls on the rear panel, rubber grommet ports on the rear to allow builders to easily mount external water-cooling hardware, and cable management behind the motherboard tray to reduce cable clutter.

Additional attributes of the P193 V3 include space for up to seven variable-speed fans, and features compatibility-enhancing attributes such as its unique power supply mounting option for both standard size power supplies as well as Antec’s exclusive CPX form factor PSUs.

The Nine Hundred Two V3 and Twelve Hundred V3 build upon their predecessors and offer the gaming community an unrivaled combination of cooling and compatibility, delivering performance and convenience in mid-tower and full-tower gaming cases. The hard-hitting cooling systems of the Nine Hundred V3 and Twelve Hundred V3 utilize a top Big Boy 200™ blue LED cooling fan, two rear blue LED 120 mm fans and three front blue LED 120 mm fans to maximize airflow.

Additional features of the Nine Hundred Two V3 include built-in washable air filters (right in the front panel,) room for up to 10 drive bays and eight expansion slots for even greater versatility.

The Twelve Hundred V3 boasts 13 drive bays, space for graphics cards as large as 17.5,” a perforated front bezel with washable air filters. Apart from standard size power supplies, the Twelve Hundred V3 can also accommodate Antec’s CPX form factor PSUs.

The P183 V3, P193 V3, Nine Hundred Two V3 and Twelve Hundred V3 are available now for an estimated price of $179.95, $209.95, $159.95 and $209.95, respectively, through major retailers, e-tailers and distributors and are backed by Antec’s Quality 3-Year (AQ3) limited warranty on parts and labor.
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Most of my Antec experience has been good, so I generally recommend them. The cases are very easy to work with, and two out of three of mine never gave me any issues.

The third one had a power button that did not seat properly into position, so one day when I went to turn on the system the button popped right into the area behind the panel. Getting behind that top-mounted panel to fix it was a relative PITA compared to doing anything else with the case. I snapped the button back into place and all was well... until the next time it happened.

In Antec's defense, they probably would have covered it via warranty - but ripping out all of the components wasn't worth it to me for something I could fix with an hour of cursing and some super-glue.  It appears to be a unique defect, because my other case of the exact same model never had the issue.

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As someone who puts his case on the floor and not on the table... i'm a big fan of i/o ports on the top of the case rather than the front.

I'm a little surprised the interior isnt painted black either. I mean, sure that no one looks inside the case while gaming, but theres something about the finish that matches everything.

Its like when you walk into a grand building, with beautiful Walls, and exteriors only to find out that the floor inside is just a layer of cement. Sure your just walking on it... but then you lose that feeling of, wow, these guys put a lot of effort and it makes me feel classy.

But then again, this is a case and not a building, and its purpose is to get the job done haha.

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This case looks to plain on the inside. The out side looks alright, but it is not my type. I like more style looking cases.

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its no HAF X lol

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No it is not a HAF X, but I have always loved the 1200 Antec series personally. Of course I like full towers to so be that as it may, I love seeing things like USB3 on all front ports etc. That will make your experience that much more positive, and of course I like seeing USB3 becoming more of a standard thing as well.

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Oh also if you are going to buy a case to build a PC, the inside paint really to me is a non issue. You can always prior to putting anything in it get some black (or whatever color you want) spray paint (high quality thermal would be my pick) and blast it whatever color you want. That would not be hard especially if you are personally skilled enough to put components in it anyway it would not seem to be a hard thing to do.

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It looks very similar to my P183, with the addition of a few more fans on the top,the back plate behind the HS mounting bracket cut out, and SSD drive bays

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When I was in the Army, (a very long time ago) we had free Medical care, Dental, and Optometrist/Eye Care too.

Free was good, but they didn't give you many choices when it came to eye-wear, in fact, you had one. The Glasses that they provided for soldiers were so flippin' ugly that we referred to them as BC glasses. (BC = Birth Control,...'cause no girls wanted anything to do with you romantically when you had them on!)

This is a "BC Case" if I ever saw one,................Smile

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If your talking to a girl about a computer case... change the topic as soon as you can... unless of course shes interested... in that case, shes a keeper hahaha.

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Yeah, but realneil you would have to get them home to see your case, so if you already accomplished that, well then you already got them home right.

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I like the comments here much more than I like the way this case looks some may like it enough to to take advantage of the newer and getting to be common features they did manage to pack into the new series at a decent price point.

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