jodiuh wrote:...the p180. Absolutely the hardest case I've worked with. I found it overly heavy and no quieter than my slightly modded lian li midtower.
Lian-Li is aluminium, so of course the Antec will be overly heavy. From a silencing perspective, aluminium panels tend to ring, whereas steel does not. The panels on the P180 are steel sandwiched with plastic (as first seen on the Antec Aria) which helps further reduce noise induced by case vibration. But what people must realise that if you stick noisy components into a quietened case, it won't magically eliminate the noise. This case is all about airflow. Because it can breathe so easily, intake and outake fans can be run at 5V (which still provides a healthy CFM on 120mm fans). This in turn means that there is less bearing whine, and wind turbulence around the fans, and therefore less noise.
HOWEVER, all of this is for nought if you don't look at the other PC components. There is no point buying this case, if your PSU is loud at no matter what power/temperature it's at. There is no point buying this case, if you have the stock cooler on a powerful graphics card. There is no point buying this case, if you have hard drives which have screeching bearings. There is no point buying this case, if you have a stock CPU cooler or an aftermarket solution whose fan is running at 3000rpm and above. There is no point buying this case, if you have an actively cooled north-bridge chipset. The sounds that these components make, will still be heard (albeit muted) in such a case.
With the right selection of components, and aftermarket cooling solutions you can take advantage of the case's airflow, and have, for example, a P4 Prescott being passively cooled (i.e. no fan on the heatsink itself). Have a passively cooled VGA card or buy either the Zalman or Artic Cooling VGA coolers and run the fans at low RPMs, without worrying about overall case temps. Put a passive heatsink on the northbridge. And you can do this, safe in the knowledge that although the case temperature will increase, the heat won't escape into the PSU, which would normally case the PSU fan(s) to ramp in speed. In fact this case is crying out for a passively cooled PSU.
If you want a more in depth review, I suggest you read the reviews over at silentpcreview.com. They have 2 reviews, one covering a low powered system (http://www.silentpcreview.com/article254-page1.html
) the other a high powered gaming system (http://www.silentpcreview.com/article255-page1.html