Antec Performance One P183 V3
We already wrote a review about a Performance One series product. It was the Antec P182 model. Frankly speaking, the P183 V3 is largely the same and differs in minor details only.
The top fan now lacks a superstructure. The “island” on the front panel near the door has become longer to ensure that the I/O ports are more accessible. The door lock and the cutouts with decorative silvery inserts have changed their positions, too.
These cutouts allow you to turn the computer on and off without opening the door. You can even try to press the Reset button with the door closed. That's really handy, but there’s nothing to prevent an overcurious small child from reaching the buttons.
Unfortunately, Antec’s designers haven’t fully implemented all the benefits of a dual-hinge door. System cases of this series are declared to be able to open the front door by 270 degrees, i.e. parallel to the side panel, but the door doesn't get fixed in that position and tries to take an in-between position instead. I wish there were some way to fix the fully open door, for example with magnets or something.
With the front door open, you can find a few more cosmetic differences from the P182. The faceplates of the top bays do not obstruct air flow. They have meshed dust filters behind the plastic grid. The Power and Reset buttons are black rather than silvery. The slits in the fan grids are diagonal rather than horizontal as in the P182.
The design of the fan grids has changed somewhat, too. Hidden behind the miniature doors, the dust filters were fixed in separate frames in the P182. In the P183 V3, the meshed filters are glued right to the doors. It’s harder to take out the whole door than just a framed filter without breaking its fasteners (you have to press the top fastener down with some thin tool) but the whole design has become simpler without worsening efficiency.
I got a déjà vu feeling when I looked inside the P183 V3. It’s almost exactly like the P182 with but a few differences.
The most notable difference is the huge cutout in the mainboard’s mounting plate which allows installing and uninstalling CPU coolers without taking the mainboard out of the system case.
The PSU bay has become simpler and more efficient. The mounting frame that used to make the installation process unnecessarily complex is absent now.
There is also no partition with a fan installation frame at the bottom of the chassis.
The rest of the functions are all present, though. The internal fan can now be attached to the back of the bottom HDD rack with the included steel brackets but only if the HDD rack is empty. The purpose of this solution is unclear to me, though.
The P183 V3 is compatible with Antec’s exclusive CP series power supplies which are larger than standard ATX units and are fastened in a different way. To install such a PSU, you have to take off the frame with standard mounting holes.