Antec P6 Review (Page 3 of 4)

Page 3 - Physical Look - Inside

Removing the two side panels is as easy as you would expect. The glass side comes off with four thumbscrews being removed. Each thumbscrew is padded with a rubber lining to prevent any metal-on-glass action from happening. The protruding areas are also lined with rubber for the same purpose. On the opposite side, the metal panel comes off after you remove the two thumbscrews at the back. Unfortunately, these thumbscrews are not captive, which means you will have to find a place to put them once you take the right side off. This feature needs to be standard on all cases with metal side panels. Otherwise, the internal layout of the Antec P6 is pretty standard. This open design has been the same across all cases for quite a while now. The bottom part is sectioned off with a divider. Thus, the motherboard, graphics card, and cooling fans exist at the top, while the power supply and a drive caddy can be found in the basement. As we mentioned from the beginning, this is a mATX case, so both micro ATX and mini ITX motherboards can be used.

Taking a closer look at the back top region of the Antec P6, we have a picture of a few notable things. At the top, we have a mounting area for up to three 120mm or two 140mm fans. Antec does not recommend putting a radiator at the top, especially as there is an insufficient amount of clearance here. The other place you can put a radiator is at the rear, but this is again limited to a single 120mm size. This is really disappointing to see the radiator options limited to only the front and the rear, and I would have much rather seen a slightly taller case to accommodate for liquid cooling options. Otherwise, you can see a white fan, which is illuminated by white LEDs. This fan is only a three-pin fan and is voltage controlled. At the back, we see a large cutout for the motherboard, which is nice to see. There are also several routing holes shown, but none of them feature any rubber grommets.

Nearer to the front, you can see the front mounting options for cooling with a cutout at the basement divider to slot radiators or fans through. At the front are two mounting areas for 2.5" drives. Once again, we have a clearer image of the routing holes to the back of the case, which are missing rubber grommets. The basement also has a single hole to help with plugs closer to the bottom of the motherboard. Otherwise, we also do not have any accommodation for mounting custom liquid cooling components like reservoirs or pumps. However, this is not too surprising considering the target audience for the P6. Otherwise, everything on the inside has been painted black and does not scratch easily. Cutouts are rounded off at the motherboard opening and on all the routing holes.

At the back, you can get a clearer picture of the drive storage options in the Antec P6. Underneath the motherboard opening, two 2.5" drive bays exist, held on by a thumbscrew. These metal sleds then can slide off the rails for you to mount the drive to. Once again, there are no captive thumbscrews here. In the basement is a larger drive caddy, with slots for two 3.5" or 2.5" drives, depending on your needs. As I have mentioned in the last page, this drive bay can slide closer to the front or be fully removed to accommodate larger power supplies. Finally, the power supply sits near the back and there are four foam pads to soften any vibrations between the PSU and the enclosure.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Outside
3. Physical Look - Inside
4. Installation and Conclusion