Starting from the back side of the P280 we can see right away that the P280 is worlds apart from past modes. There is a large amount of room between the motherboard tray and the side panel to make wire management easy. To go along with than you can spot four large wire management holes with grommets in them and holes on the bottom of the motherboard and top without grommets. To help wire management on the back side of the case there are nine different hoops to use zip ties with all over the back of the motherboard tray.

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On the other side the P280 looks amazing. The black interior along with all of its features really make it a shame that there isn’t a side panel window on the case. There are six plastic hard drive trays, each tray supports 2.4 and 3.5 inch drives and for the larger 3.5 inch drives they have included silicon mounts to cut down on vibrations.

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The three 5 ¼ drive bays all have tool less mechanisms that are quick and easy to use. If you are worried about vibrations you also have the option to use screws.

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Your power supply goes in the bottom left corner of the case and as we noted before there is a fan filter for the bottom vent.

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For ventilation the P280 comes with three 120mm fans and gives you the option to add three more. The fans that are included are in the top (two) and then in the rear (one). I would have liked to of seen a fan be included on the front to help cool the hard drives, but with a mount there it wouldn’t be a hard thing to add later.

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Another feature that the P280 has over other Antec cases is a very large CPU backplate access hole. This has to be one of the largest we have ever seen; you should not have issues with any single CPU board on the market.

The amount of cabling that comes with the P280 can be a little overwhelming, but with both USB 2.03 ports and USB 3.0 ports on the front its not shocking. It is nice to see that they went with an internal USB 3.0 header. Also I’m happy to see that the USB 3.0 cables are black in color, so many company’s go with blue but forget that they clash with the clean look most people try to do with their PC’s

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #21722 21 Dec 2011 23:07
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