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Antec P8 Midi Tower Case Review

Rating: 7.5.

The Antec P8 is a mid tower PC case that features a minimalist, functional design aimed at PC builders on a budget. You won’t find any RGB lighting but there are plenty of different options when it comes to cooling and drive configuration. With a price tag of around £65, is the P8 a case worth considering? 

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Specifications of the Antec P8:

  • Dimensions: 443 x 210 x 470mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight:  7.5 kg
  • Form Factor: Mid Tower
  • Materials: Steel/ABS
  • Mainboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, ITX
  • Front Access and Controls: 2 x USB3.0, Power, reset, Audio
  • Side Panel: Tempered Glass (Single Side)
  • PCI Expansion Slots: 7
  • Drive Bays: 5.25″ x 0, 2.5″/3.5″ x 2, 2.5″ x 4
  • Fans: Front – 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm, Top – 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm, Rear – 1 x 120mm
  • Included Fans: Front – 2 x 120mm White LED Fans, Rear – 1 x 120mm White LED Fan
  • Radiator Support: Front – Up to 360mm, Top – Up to 280mm, Rear – 120mm
  • Clearance: VGA – 390mm, CPU Cooler – 165mm, PSU – 240mm, Cable Management – 20mm
  • Dust Filters: Front/Top/Bottom

Test build components:

  • Intel i5-7400 Processor
  • ASUS Strix Z270F Gaming Motherboard
  • ASUS Dual series RX 580 graphics card
  • Patriot Viper DDR4 16GB 2400MHZ
  • Seasonic Prime Titanium 750W PSU
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250GB

Acoustics testing:

To test the acoustics of the case we recorded the noise levels while the PC was idling and then tested the noise levels again while running AIDA64 to increase the temperatures and fan speed.

When idling, the 3 supplied Antec fans are whisper quiet. This is great when doing less demanding tasks.

When the fans spin up there is a definite increase in noise, however it isn’t loud enough to be annoying and headset users won’t have a problem.

Cooling performance:

Idle temperatures are 33C for the CPU and 39C for the GPU which is pretty good considering it’s the summer in the UK. After a good gaming session on this PC and stress testing it using AIDA64 for 10 minutes, the temperatures maxed out at around 57C for the CPU and 79C for the GPU. Overall this case appears to have no issues keeping components cool. 

Pros:

  • Tempered glass window.
  • Sleek design.
  • Support for different radiator and fan configurations.
  • Comes with plenty of included SSD trays.
  • Plenty of space for cable management.
  • Removable HDD bays.
  • Good performance.

Cons:

  • Front panel IO connectors might not last.
  • Poor dust filters.
  • Break out covers for PCI expansion slots.
  • SSD trays are too shallow.
  • No RGB lighting.

The Antec P8 is available from Overclockers UK for £64.99 HERE.

KitGuru says: The Antec P8 is worth considering if you are on a tight budget and willing to make a few sacrifices. 

Rating: 7.5.

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