Antec used to be one of the world’s largest PC case makers, but in 2021 they will no longer be at the forefront of the chassis industry. They’re still there, but instead of focusing on top-notch, quiet business, the company seems to have somewhat lost sight of what it’s trying to achieve.
But not with the P82 Silent – this new chassis may not be a premium offering, but it is one that focuses on acoustics, combined with a pleasingly simple design. Is it good enough for our list of the best PC cases? Read on for the full details, but if you’re after a quiet, non-flashy build and don’t want to spend more than $60, the P82 is hard to beat.
|Type||Mid Tower ATX|
|Motherboard support||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (280mm)|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||18.8 x 8.5 x 17.9 in (480 x 215 x 454 mm)|
|Maximum GPU Length||15.1 inches (380mm)|
|CPU Cooler Height||6.9 inches (178mm)|
|Maximum PSU Length||8.3 inches (220mm)|
|Internal Bays||2x 3.5″|
|Front I/O||2x USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio/microphone combo|
|Front fans||2x 120mm (up to 2x 140mm, 3x 120mm)|
|behind fans||1x 120mm (up to 1x 120mm)|
Touring around the outside of the chassis there really isn’t anything exciting going on. The case is covered with lacquered steel panels, tempered glass is nowhere to be found. There is also no RGB or other fancy design elements.
The most aggressive element is at the top of the chassis where you can see the air intake grille, which extends along the right side of the front panel and the bottom. Also note that there is no exhaust on the top as this would be a sound leak. The front panel is also closed again on the left side, shielding the user from noise.
Front IO is located on the left side of the front panel, along a piano black border, with two USB 3.0 ports and discrete headphone and microphone jacks. There’s no USB Type-C here, but that’s a good thing, considering the case retails for under $70. Below the IO you’ll find the controls for a three-speed fan controller, although it must be said, the action is quite sludgy – heavy and very cheap feel.
Enter the case and again you will find very little worth mentioning otu. There’s room for an ATX board, large graphics cards, a large power supply and a handful of drives in the back.
There’s not a lot of room for cable management, nor a lot of cutouts for cable ties – but this is clearly a case meant for simpler systems, so chances are you don’t care.
What’s nice to see is the acoustic padding on the side panels. It’s not the thickest or heaviest, but should be enough to absorb some high-frequency noises if the P10 Flux’s damping performance is anything to go by. Once again, the days of Antec ‘Performance’ series tank-heavy cases with three-layer side panels are over.
For cooling, Antec supplies three 120mm fans – two at the front and one as exhaust. A magnetic air filter is also included, although it looks restrictive, so I’m curious to see how the cooling performance will be. especially with the closed front panel. You can’t mount a radiator on top of this cabinet, but a thin 360mm unit will fit on the front.