All case modders know that Antec has long since been the king as far as flexible, resistant, easily moddable cases are concerned. Of course, when they decided to update their Performance line of cases, heads turned, especially among the hardcore modders who live and die by Antec cases for their works of art. Antec sent us the Performance Plus 1080 for review, and it lives up to all expectations, and manages to blow the competition out of the water.
Antec Plus 1080
At first glance, it seems like just another plain ‘ol beige case, but that’s an incorrect assumption. Sure, it doesn’t have the polished exterior than the Lian-Li I reviewed a few weeks back has, but obviously Antec is targeting a much different market here. On the exterior, we can note that there have been some changes from the previous Antec design that we all know and love. First of all, the faceplate has been changed, and the grooves were removed. More importantly, however, Antec added two extra LEDs to the front which you can use for anything you want (be creative). As well, there are two front-mounted USB ports as well as a Firewire port, which connect to the respective headers on your motherboard.
10 drive bays (4 x 5.25”, 2 x 3.5”, 4 x 3.5 internal)
Dimensions: 20.6” x 8.1” x 18.6” (H x W x D)
5 x 80mm fans (two standards installed in rear + 1 standard on side panel)
430W Antec TruePower ATX12V Power Supply
Material: 1mm SECC
Weight: 31.7 net, 35.5 gross
2 x front-mounted USB, 1x front-mounted Firewire
Swing-out side panel with handle
Quick-release drive bays with release lever
Snap-in fan mounts
Large front panel vent with washable air filter
One interesting feature is the fan that’s mounted in the side panel. The grill isn’t exactly designed for the best airflow, and it would have been better to install the blow hole on the top, but I’ll talk more about that later and the issues I encountered.