Antec P10 Flux Review: The aesthetic case of refrigerators you have always wanted
If you have been paying attention to the PC field for ten years or more, you may remember that Antec made some boring but high-quality chassis that focus on silence, such as the P180 series and its three-layer side panels, which provide extremely quiet acoustics. But the truth is, that Antaike no longer exists. The company hasn’t done such a case for a long time. Although I know that it no longer has a big market, especially since there are many quiet components at the beginning, part of me still feels old Antek.
But Antec is still working hard, and its new P10 Flux shows that the company still has the ability to keep up, even if by today’s standards, its performance is a bit unconventional. This is a chassis that provides a simple, cute refrigerator aesthetic and outstanding performance, and is more value for money than before. The suggested retail price of P10 Flux is US$80, but we often see it sells for as low as US$65.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how the Antec P10 Flux performs and whether it is suitable for our scene Best PC case List.
|Types of||Central Tower ATX|
|Motherboard support||Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX|
|Dimensions (height x width x depth)||19.1 x 8.6 x 18.8 inches (486 x 220 x 477 mm)|
|Maximum GPU length||15.9 inches (405 mm)|
|CPU heat sink height||6.9 inches (175 mm)|
|Maximum power length||8.1 inches (205 mm)|
|External bracket||1 5.25 inch|
|Internal bracket||3x 3.5 inches|
|3x 2.5 inches|
|Expansion slot||7 times|
|Front input/output||Front input/output|
|2 USB 3.0|
|3.5mm audio/microphone combo|
|Front fan||3x 120 mm (up to 2x 140 mm, 3x 120 mm)|
|Rear fan||1x 120mm (maximum 1x 120mm)|
|Top fans||not any|
|Bottom fan||1x 120 mm (up to 2x 120 mm on the PSU shield)|
|damping||Yes a lot|
In fact, P10 Flux is a case that focuses on silence, so it is equipped with five fans and a lot of damping materials. Opening the top of the radiator will only create a large hole, allowing noise to leak-so the top is closed and lined with damping material. Not just the top-the side panels and the inside of the front door are also closed.
If you tour the exterior of Antec P10 Flux, you will find that almost nothing is happening here. There is no tempered glass side panel, and there is no radiator exhaust port on the top of the chassis. Of course, there are good reasons for this-silence-but the end result is a system that looks a bit like a household appliance.
In fact, apart from sound insulation, the front door does not really play a role. There is enough space on the side for air to circulate, and yes, it hides the optical drive bay (wow). But as we will see later in the test, it has a significant impact on the noise level due to its acoustic foam layer. It has no fancy double hinges and can be flipped all the way to one side of the box, but you can flip it to the other side if your box needs to be placed.
Top IO consists of two USB 3.0 ports, dedicated microphone and headphone jacks, and power and fan control switches. We appreciate that this IO is placed on the top, because this is not a case that you can put on your desk-this is a case of a floor-standing PC.
Internally, P10 Flux provides a basic but modern design-this case is not the case of the previous hard disk colony family Antaike. Instead, you can provide space for ATX motherboards, a large number of expansion cards, and a large radiator space of up to 360 mm for the front end. At the top, you will also find a 5.25-inch drive bay-rare nowadays, but this is a case where function is prioritized over form.
Turn over the shell and you will find its cable management and PSU area. Here, there is room for a large ATX PSU, two hard drives (one in the box and one on the top) under the PSU shield, three SSDs, you can install the third on the top shield near the top IO 3.5-inch drive.
You will also find a fan controller.
Are “reverse” fans useful?
In terms of cooling and noise, P10 Flux is handled differently from many situations we have seen. First of all, it is equipped with five fans, but it is also equipped with a lot of damping materials, these materials are all over the door, ceiling and side panels of the chassis.
With such a large damping, even if you use a slightly louder component, the noise level should be much lower than in other cases.Don’t expect miracles, but this case should In terms of acoustics, it performs better than most of the mesh intake cases we have seen recently.
The chassis is equipped with a fan controller that can connect all five fans, providing you with two speed modes: low speed and high speed.
The chassis is also equipped with a counter-flow fan-a rotator with a blade pointing in the “other” direction to direct air from the PSU area to the entrance of the GPU for better temperature. Of course, this practice of creating a counterflow fan to improve the appearance is meaningless in practice, because you might as well use an ordinary fan that flips, because there is no glass panel to see through it. But I still appreciate the details-I haven’t seen such a fan for a long, long time.
When we enter the testing phase, I am curious to know how this setup will be implemented.