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Antec P150 Quiet PC Case and Neo HE 430W PSU Review

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Introduction

The Antec P150 enclosure is part of Antec's elite Performance One series and was designed to balance high performance with quiet computing in a compact mini-tower ATX package.   The Quiet White P150 exhibits elegantly simple styling and features internal sound dampening panels, a very quiet, high-efficiency Neo HE 430W power supply, and 3-speed 120mm TriCool case fan. 










The P150 is similar in some ways to the popular Antec P180 and P160 enclosures but also incorporates its own innovative new features.  The most obvious differences are the smaller size, cleaner lines, and simpler operation.  Read on as we delve deeper into the details.


P150 Key Features


·         Elegantly simple styling — gloss-white and brushed-aluminum finish


·         Sound-deadening side and top panels reduce noise


·         120mm TriCool™ 3-speed fan (installed)


·         High Efficiency 430-Watt ATX12V v2.2 Neo HE power supply


o        Quiet, energy-efficient operation (up to 85%)


o        Precise ±3% power regulation


o        Dedicated power circuitry delivers more reliable output


o        Triple +12V outputs isolate CPU power circuits from other peripherals


o        Universal Input (100 — 240 VAC) with Active PFC


o        Advanced cable management


·         2 Stealth drive bay covers included (5.25' bays)


·         Integrated cable organizers reduces clutter and improves internal airflow


·         4 removable HDD bays; or use 3 HDD suspension systems


·         Front-mounted ports for easy multimedia connections


o        2 x USB 2.0


o        1 x IEEE 1394


o        Audio In and Out


·         Removable side panels with easy-access thumb screws


·         Removable front bezel for easy access to drive bays


·         Blue LEDs on front for Power On and HD indicators


·         Fits Micro ATX (9.6" x 9.6") and Standard ATX (12"x 9.6") motherboards


Specifications (from the Antec website)



First Impressions


The Antec P150's elegantly simple styling, gloss-white paint job, and brushed-aluminum trim are striking — a refreshing change from the traditional black or silver finishes. The P150 mini-tower case arrived securely packaged between formed cardboard inserts inside a white, colorfully printed cardboard box.  Included with the enclosure is a power cord, bag of screws, and 6 modular power supply cables.  While there was no documentation, a detailed 10-page User's Manual is available for download on the Antec website in five different languages.



The build quality is very good and the P150 enclosure feels sturdy and relatively heavy for its size.  The internal sheet metal corners are nicely rounded and the only sharp edges I found were inside the drive cages.  The Antec P150 tipped my digital scale to 11.4 kg (25.1lbs), which included the installed power supply and cables. 


The P150 comes equipped with two stealth drive covers, which should set your mind at ease if you were worried about finding CD/DVD drives with matching white cover plates.


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