Antec P101 Silent Case Review: Old-School Cool (and Quiet)

Antec claims the P101 Silent is the perfect case for those in the market for a minimalist, yet elegant design and a concealed external bay for an optical drive or front-panel devices. Those who also prefer whisper-quiet operation over flashy RGB lighting and tempered glass panels may agree. I just wish it had a USB-C port and an easier-to-remove intake filter on its undercarriage.?

Specifications

TypeMid-Tower ATX
Motherboard SupportMini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX, E-ATX (12 x 11 inches)
Dimensions (HxWxD)20.75 x 9.13 x 19.92 inches (527 x 232 x 506mm)
Space Above Motherboard3 inches (76.2mm)
Card Length17.71 inches / 10.62 inches with hard drive racks (450 / 270mm)
CPU Cooler Height7.08 inches (180mm)
Power Supply Format290mm
Weight26.06 lbs (11.82 kg)
External Bays1x 5.25"
Internal Bays8x 3.5" / 2x 2.5”
Card Slots8x
Ports/Jacks2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, fan speed control, audio/mic jacks
Other?
Front Fans3x 120mm (supports up to two 140mm)
Rear Fans1x 120mm (supports up to one 140mm)
Top Fans?
Bottom Fans?
Side Fans?
DampingYes
Warranty2 Years Limited


The Antec P101 Silent is available in black with white accents only, so you're out of luck if you were hoping for other color choices. The case measures 527 x 232 x 506mm and weighs just over 26lbs. The $110 / £84 asking price is extremely competitive compared to other cases in its class, and Antec ships the case with a two-year limited warranty.

The top panel is smooth and featureless. Embedded in the leading edge of the top panel you'll find two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) and two USB 2.0 ports, a fan speed switch, a power button, HDD activity LED, and headphone and microphone jacks.

The front of the case is a large plastic door with three white, filtered vents down one side. The inside of the door is lined with a thick layer of sound-damping material. Behind the door you'll find a feature many readers still ask for, but most case makers don't often deliver in models: a single 5.25-inch drive bay for an optical drive or a bay device. Also here is a large removable plastic mesh filter covering mounting locations for three 120mm or two 140mm fans.

Both side panels on the P101 Silent are constructed of metal and held in place by thumbscrews. Each panel is lined with the same thick sound dampening material seen behind the front panel.

In the rear of the chassis you'll find an opening for a bottom-mounted PSU, eight expansion card slots, a standard motherboard I/O area and an exhaust fan mounting location that supports both 120mm and 140mm fans. This mounting location has slotted screw holes that let you adjust the position of the fan to fine-tune airflow or make room for bulky system components.

The bottom of the chassis is covered by a large plastic mesh filter that spans almost the entire length of the case. Unfortunately, it's removable from the rear, meaning your entire system has to be moved to pull out the filter for cleaning and maintenance. The filter covers the metal mesh area under the hard drive cage and the power supply fan opening. The four large, rectangular, rubber-coated feet elevate the case approximately three quarters of an inch to improve airflow.

The fan-filtration system on the P101 Silent is good in terms of keeping dust and debris from entering your system. Unfortunately, only the front filter is easily accessible. You'll probably have to unplug all your power and peripheral cables from the back of the system and turn the chassis sideways to remove the bottom filter. It's 16-inches long and, again, slides out from the rear of the case.

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