Pakistan’s PC market has been diluted for many years with only a limited number of brands covering most of the nation. But in the last few years, we’ve seen the rise of many eCommerce websites who did not only bring us an easy solution to buy products from home but also brought along with them numerous international brands to the Pakistan market. And Pakdukaan is one of that website, who brought a few new competitors to the local market and are rapidly expanding their partner list. And today, thanks to them, we’re going to take a look at the Antec P8 mid-tower chassis up-close and personal. Another brand brought to the local market by Pakdukaan.
The Antec P8, as mentioned above, is a mid-tower chassis that packs a 4mm tempered glass side panel, 3x white LED fans and a whole lot of space for your PC components to go with. It also comes with 7x PCIe expansion slots so you’ve got enough room to cramp in dual or triple GPUs.
About the brand itself, Antec has been in the PC parts industry for about 3 decades and they’re known for their top quality power supplies with a very low failure rate in the global market. And Antec is not only limited to PSUs but rather they also make chassis and cooling solutions.
Antec’s take on P8:
Clean lines and an interior designed around performance characterize the Antec P8 as a distinctly modern addition to the acclaimed Performance Series. Among the many advanced features, the P8 mid-tower includes ample space for high-end components, clearance for a variety of cooling options, and a tempered glass side panel for a versatile and elegant system at an attractive price point.
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Antec P8 Specification:
|I/O Ports||– 2 x USB 3.0|
– HD Audio
– Power, Reset
|Total Drive Bays||– 2 x 3.5” HDD trays (each compatible with 2.5” SSD)|
– 4 x 2.5” Dedicated SSD Bays
|Expansion Slots||PCI x 7 Expansion slots|
|Water cooling support||– Front: 120/240/280/360 mm|
– Top: 120/240 mm (Limited by RAM, motherboard dimensions)
– Rear: 120 mm
|Front Ports||• 2 x USB 3.0 • Power, Reset • HD Audio|
|Fans||– 2 x Front 120mm (included) fan|
– 1 x Rear 120mm (included) fan
– 3 x Top 120mm or 2 x 140mm (optional)
– 3 x front 120mm or 2 x 140mm(optional)
|Dust filters||• Three washable dust filters (front intake, top, and PSU)|
|VGA length||• Supports up to 390 mm|
|PSU||• Bottom mounted ATX PSU up to 240 mm (not included)|
|Motherboard Support||mini ITX, micro ATX and standard ATX motherboard|
|Unit Dimensions||– 443 mm (H) x 210 mm (W) x 470 mm (D)|
– 17.44” (H) x 8.27” (W) x 18.5” (D)
|Packaged Dimensions||– 520.7 mm (H) x 292 mm (W) x 559 mm (D)|
-20.5“ (H) x 11.5” (W) x 22” (D)
|Net Weight||– 7.5 kg / 16.5 lbs|
|Gross Weight||– 8.85 kg / 19.5 lbs|
Antec P8 Unboxing:
So we get the Antec P8 in a cardboard box. There’s a rendered image of the chassis on the front, while P8 Compelling Performance is written at the bottom and Antec logo can be found on the top right corner. There’s also a warning at top right corner, letting you know that there’s tempered glass inside.
Then on sides of the box, you’ll find some detailed specification of the chassis in multiple languages.
And here’s how it actually looks like out of the box. Now let’s have a closer look at the chassis.
Antec P8 Closer Look
The only grills on the front for air intake are present on the left and bottom of the chassis. So there a limitation on the air intake on this chassis from the front.
As for IO ports, we have 2 USB 3.0 ports and a mic in and headphone in port.
And below that, we have the power and reset buttons along with HDD and power LED.
Here’s a close-up shot of the Antec logo at front.
We have a 4mm tempered glass on the side. We can also see that this chassis comes along with a PSU cover at the bottom from this angle. The Tempered glass has a protective film on both sides, so it’s up to you if you want to remove that or not. And it is held in place by 4 tool-less screws on each corner.
Without the tempered glasses, you get a better idea of what’s going on inside. We can see the Antec logo on the PSU cover. And just above it, we can find the 2x 2.5”drive cages. Also, there are no cutout in this chassis with grommets, instead we can see two cutouts on top and a wide space in the center for passing cables. Also, there’s a huge cut on the left side for installation the CPU Cooler brackets. Also visible are the two fans on the front for intake and one on the back. And unlike the front panel, the rest of the body features a mess aluminum construction. As for supported hardware, you can install a standard ATX size motherboard, a ATX PSU of up to 240mm in depth and a GPU up to 390mm in length. So there’s enough room for you basic hardware.
This is what the back of the chassis looks like. We got one cut on top left for the motherboard I/O shield while the bottom cut is for the PSU. Also visible is the rear fan behind the grilled area. And in the center, there’s about 7 PCIe expansion slots. Only the to top slot comes with a reusable plate, the other six; they are removed permanently. The other side of the side panel is held in place by 2 tool-less screws.
But once the side panel is removed, you’ll see the interesting bits. So all the front panel cables are tied to the chassis, we’ll have a look at them in a while. If you look closely, you’ll see that there are two more 2.5”drive cages where the wires are. And at the bottom, we have the space for PSU and 2x 3.5”drive cages. These drive cages are removable. And all the other accessories that we get along with this chassis can be found in the box that’s in the drive bay. Also, there’s seems like a lot of places where you can tie the cable ties for cable management.
The tool-less 3.5”drive cages slide out easily. All you got to do is press the ends on each side and pull it out.
And this is what we found inside the accessory box. We get one product overview booklet, 1 tempered glass pamphlet, 1 warranty paper, 4x velcro straps (they’re attached to each other in the picture) and a bunch of screws.
And here’s a look at the front panel cables. So, we have 1x dual USB3.0 cable, 1x HD Audio cable, the front panel power, reset, and LED cables and a 2 pin Molex cable. The 2 pin Molex cable is for the Antec logo LED on the front panel.
Here’s a better look at the 3.5”drive cages at the bottom.
There’s a grilled design at the bottom as well where the PSU goes. Also, 4 foam stands are present here as well so you don’t scratch the PSU or chassis by mistake when installing the PSU here.
At the bottom, we have 4 feet in the corners. And the PSU installation space has a magnetic dust filter. And if you look at the left side, you’ll notice that you can actually slide the drive bay as you see fit by loosening the screws. This is a welcome feature since you can either completely remove the cage or just move it towards to corner for more room for cables.
The top of the chassis also comes along with a magnetic dust filter. And below that, we have a grilled design again for max airflow. Also, at the top, you can mount a 3x 120mm fans or 360mm radiator.
The 2x 2.5” drive cages on front are held in place by 2x screws. Also if you look closely, there’s a cut in the PSU cover, behind the right 2.5” drive cage. That’s where you’ll want all the front panel cables and GPU cables to come from.
There’s a vent-like design on the PSU cover at the right side. I’ve seen a similar design on the PSU covers on some other mid tower chassis as well, so maybe it’s in trend now. Also, the PSU can suck some air from here as well.
Then we have two 120mm White LED fans at the front, installed as intake fans
There’s a cut on this end of the PSU cover to house a 360mm radiator or 120mm fans. There’s about 60mm length of space available here.
Here’s the middle section from where most of the cables will pass through.
And here’s what’s behind the front panel. We have another magnetic dust filter here. So it seems like you ain’t getting your hardware dirty soon.
This is what the Antec pre-installed fan looks up close. It’s a 9 blade design.
ON the back, we only have Antec sticker. There’s not much information given about the fan.
The LEDs on this fan are not installed the best way possible. They’ve just silicon glued the LED into the body.
The fan has a 3 pin connector, so it’s not even a PWM fan.
As far as the tempered glass is concerned, we have these screw housing for that with rubber covers so that you can install the glass easily onto the side. Then 4 tool-less screws are provided with the chassis to hold the tempered glass on the side.
Test Rig Hardware:
For the Antec P8 build, we will be using the following hardware.
|CPU:||Intel Core i5 8600K|
|Motherboard:||Aorus Z370 Gaming 5|
|RAM:||ADATA XPG Spectrix D40 3200MHz 16GB CL16|
|SSD:||PNY Optima 120GB for primary OS|
|SSD2||ADATA XPG SX8000 250GB|
|HDD:||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM|
|HDD2:||Seagate Barracuda 750GB 7200RPM|
|PSU||Antec Neo Eco 550W 80+ Bronze|
|Cooling solution:||Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm AIO|
Installation and Complete Build:
Our hardware installation process went smoothly with the Antec P8 chassis. Since there’s no GPU in this build (as I didn’t have the luxury to own one once my older GPU fried), I went ahead and used sleeved cable extension for the 24 pin and 8pin motherboard power connectors to use that extra free space left behind. If you were to use a modular PSU with flat cables, you can surely get better results at cable management than the picture below.
So that is how our system looks like once everything is installed.
We moved the two front intake fans that came with the chassis towards the top as exhaust. While the third fan is still in the rear position as exhaust. You can also install a 120mm radiator on the rear side.
If you’re planning on installing a radiator on the top, do keep in mind the height of it. Since you’ll be blocked either by the motherboard sink or RAM depending on the size and position of your radiator with fans. You most likely won’t be able to install a 240mm radiator at the top as the distance between the top and the VRM heatsink on my motherboard is only 38mm. But you can still install a 120mm one towards the front side.
Our Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate along with 3x Silverstone FG121 is present at the front as intake. They went in nicely even with the extra space taken by the fan covers. Also, if you want to install the fans in a push & pull configuration on the front, you can only install about 2 fans on the top side. The bottom one is being blocked by the Antec Logo on the front as it has white LED panel on it.
The only difficulty we had with this setup was the installation of SATA power cables from the PSU to the rear hard drives and using the same SATA power cable to power the SSD at front. Since there’s only about 40mm space once the hard drive is installed so it was a tight fit.
Also, we had to use the Molex connector to power up the front Antec logo and the Silverstone LSB01 LED fan hub. If you were to use a flat cable modular PSU, or even if you just replace the sleeved extension with full length sleeved cable, there can be a huge difference in the cable management sector. There’s about 20mm space between the motherboard tray and the side panel, while it’s 30mm between the right side area. You’re also left with a lot of space between the drive cage and the PSU so you can cram in your excess cables there. And also, you can remove or slide the drive cages further to get more room for cables.
Antec P8 Thermal Performance:
Now let’s talk about some thermal and airflow performance. So in our test rig, we had the cold air sucked in from the front via the 360mm AIO cooler. While the hot air was blown out via the 3x Antec fans on top and back. However, we only have vents on the bottom and one side of the chassis, so we have limited air flowing inside the chassis. So how much did that affect our test rig, let’s check it out in the chart below.
So the system was set to default settings and the fan curves left set on normal in the Smart Fan 5 (Motherboard software). And at idle to no load, we have the system sitting at 35C most of the times, while it peaks at 45C in some random operations. Once the stock readings were noted down, we ran the Aida64 Extreme System Stability stress test for 20 minutes and noted down the new readings. And at max load via Aida64 Extreme software, we are sitting at about 64C on average while 68C at max.
The ambient temperature at the time of testing was 29C so that’s a delta of 35C. That’s not too bad considering the ambient temperature. And there’s still room for better cooling if you’re willing to put up with some noises from the fan spinning at higher RPM. Also, in the summer heat, we’re going to see much higher ambient temperature, so the numbers are going to be higher as well. And I wouldn’t recommend too extensive overclocking settings within this chassis, in summer at least.
At the time of review, I didn’t own any GPU so I couldn’t include the thermal performance for the GPU.
Antec P8 Acoustic Performance:
Since I don’t own any dedicated sound meters and don’t trust the smartphone sound meter applications, you would have to take my word on it. The acoustic performance is pretty good here. From the front, there’s not much noise leakage when the fans are spinning at normal speed. You can barely notice it from an arm’s length in surrounding noises. However, from the back, you can hear the PSU fan blowing the hot air out. Nothing too unbearable if you have the front of the chassis facing you, so that takes the PSU side a little further from you.
So in short, if you’ve set up the chassis in a way that the front of the chassis is facing you, you wouldn’t hear much from it when the fans are spinning on normal speed. But put some load onto the system, and you can hear the fans a little bit.
The Antec P8 surely provides great value for what it’s priced at. You’ll get a neat build on the front and neat cable management at the rear if you use the right components with it. The 360mm AIO went in smoothly at the front as an intake. However, you most probably won’t be able to get a 240mm radiator at the top because of the RAM and VRAM heatsink height. My AIO at a thickness of about 52mm with fans surely couldn’t. But still, you can install 3x 120mm fans or 2x 120mm fans and a 120mm radiator at the top. And a 120mm fan or 120mm radiator at the rear. So the water cooling options are limited when it comes to the Antec P8. If you’re planning on building a fully custom liquid cooling system in the P8, then I can only see the reservoir going beneath the GPU, laid out, or in the place of the 360mm rad at the front or just beside it. So doing a fully custom liquid system is still possible in the Antec P8.
There are a few places where the P8 can see some improvements. And the very first is the middle cut out for the 24pin and the rest of the cables. It’s at a weird height for the 24pin connector. You’ll have to install the 24pin connector at certain angle since the height of the 24 pin connector and the middle cutout doesn’t match. And you most likely would want a neat U-turn for the 24pin cable there.
Also, a little bit increase in the height of the chassis would also make it possible to install rather thicker radiators at the top. Also, the chassis only has 2 vents on the front which limits the overall air intake. So a complete vent design around the front could help in better air flow.
Other than that, the Antec P8 is more than capable of presenting your hardware with a neat look. And the tempered glass on the side panel is a wonderful topping. Making sure the interior is visible clearly and adding that extra shine to it. This is my first time using a chassis with tempered glass, before I’ve used a couple with acrylic side panels, but the difference here is day and night and it would be really hard going back to acrylic now. I only wish I had a GPU at the time of review so I could set it up to bring out that extra aesthetic appeal of the chassis.
The Antec P8 is available in the international market for $79.22 while you can buy the chassis for 8599PKR from Pakdukaan. The price seems very reasonable for what is being offered. So unless you’re looking to put your system under some extreme overclocking condition, the Antec P8 seems like a good option overall. In the end, I would like to award the Antec P8 our Recommended Buy award.