A case is an important component of any computer system. It houses all the components, and thus can affect the performance of all of them. With so many high powered components prevalent in the average enthusiast's systems today, a good case has to offer sufficient cooling and proper design to allow for the highest levels of compatibility and stability. Antec is a company that has a reputation of fulfilling these requirements with their cases.
Today we are going to be taking a look at two of Antec's cases, the P182 and the P190. Both of these cases are from Antec's Performance One series of cases. These are targeted towards high end users who want a high quality case with excellent noise and thermal properties.
Starting off with their product specification sheets, the cases both share the same drive capacity and front port connectivity. We can see that the P190 includes a power supply, the Antec Neo-Link 1200, whereas the P182 doesn't come with one. The fan configuration is different as well, with the P182 using all 120mm fans, and the P190 using larger fans, potentially spinnning slower and thus quieter while retaining the same if not more airflow.
The cases both offer full ATX compatibility, including mATX, but the P190 goes futher and also offers E-ATX compatibility (and CEB/EEB compatibility). The P190 should aaccomodate more server and workstation boards than the P182 due to this. Overall, the dimensions of the P182 and P190 are the same, except that the length of the P190 is longer. We will now take a look at the cases...