Finding the right chassis for a system build is like setting up the foundation before building out the design of your computer and working your craftsmanship into the intricate details of component selection and configuration. Start with a good foundation that caters to your build requirements and you're bound to have a better overall end result when you hit the power switch to boot up for the first time. And though the average enthusiast might choose a larger full tower case with real estate to spare, for many, there is also beauty in smaller, more space-efficient designs. We've covered our share of monster "gaming cases" here at HotHardware but we felt it was high time to look at something a bit more diminutive.
Thus, we reached out to Antec to provide us with their smaller-sized version of their P180, titled not surprisingly, the Mini-P180. The Performance One series of cases has met with many favorable reviews, and combined with our own experience with their gaming cases, the Three Hundred and Nine Hundred, we figured that Antec could come through again.
Unique upper and lower chamber structure: the power supply resides in a separate chamber to isolate heat from the system and lower system noise.
Stylish black interior
No power supply included: to optimize the performance of your Mini P180, your choice of power supply is crucial. Antec strongly recommends choosing from our Signature or TruePower series.
Configurable to accomodate graphics cards with full length PCBs
Cable organization for added convenience and better airflow
Innovative three-layer side panel (aluminum, plastic, aluminum) dampens system generated noise, making this one of the quietest cases available
Motherboard: up to microATX
8 Drive Bays
Double hinge door designed to open up to 270°
0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis
Antec offers the Mini-P180 in two flavors: matte black with gunmetal-colored plastic inlays on the side panels and door, or all white, which is a step away from the norm. The side doors are completely unmarked without any windows or ventilation slots. Two thumbscrews keep the left side panel shut, while standard screws are used for the other side panel.
Available in Black or White
Although designed for micro-ATX boards, the chassis itself is far from miniscule and matches up with other mid-size towers such as Antec's own Three Hundred - the two are nearly identical in height and length.