Antec P6 case offers clean looks and tempered glass at a low price

It wasn't all that long ago that a tempered-glass side panel was a premium feature on a case. Whether you love the looks or bash the fashion, you can find cases with glass panels at remarkably-low prices now. One such affordable chassis is Antec's P6. This sleek black enclosure lets you show off your build thanks to its single glass side panel, and it won't empty your wallet in the process.

The P6 is a microATX case that measures 18.5" deep, 16" tall, and 7.9" wide (47 x 41 x 20 cm). Like the majority of modern computer enclosures, it has a partition on the bottom that separates the power supply and two 3.5" drive mounts from the hotter components in the top compartment. Two 2.5" drives can mount behind the motherboard, and another two behind the area where you'd normally find 5.25" drive bays. There actually is a spot for a 5.25" drive, but you won't be able to access it without pulling off the bezel.

Speaking of the front panel, its fancy V-shape design isn't just for looks. Its sides are perforated to allow air to flow past. Said air will likely be sucked in by the two 120- or 140-mm fans that builders will mount in the front, and likely exhausted through two 140-mm or three 120-mm fans in the top, along with the usual 120-mm in the rear. There's not enough space for liquid-cooling radiators in the top, but you can stick a 240-mm unit up front and a 120-mm heat exchanger in the back. All of the fan intakes are covered by magnetic filters that can be removed for easy cleaning or maximum airflow.

In a design choice sure to polarize gerbils, Antec stuck all of the front panel ports on the side of the case's bezel. The selection of ports is pretty basic, as you'd expect from an entry-level case: two USB 3.0 Type-A ports and the regular old 3.5-mm audio jacks. Down on the front of the case there's what Antec calls a "logo projector" that will shine the company's logo on your desk in front of the case.

Antec's new P6 is already available over on Amazon. You can grab the new case for a little over $65 with free shipping. 

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    I like everything about this except for the side-access USB ports. Top or front is fine, but on the side makes things weird.

    • tootercomputer
    • 2 years ago

    I’ve had 2 Antec cases, a black steel best that was a pain to use on so many levels, but not a bad case either. But my first was the superLanBoy. Oh, I miss that case. One of my cats pissed on it, and the smelll never really went away. But oh, the light aluminum. An airy case, lots to like. This new case looks kind of cool, actually.

    • barich
    • 2 years ago

    Do I have to use a Pentium Pro?

    • thedosbox
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<] In a design choice sure to polarize gerbils, Antec stuck all of the front panel ports on the side of the case's bezel. [/quote<] As someone whose case sits to the right of the desk, I'd be happy to see this rather than have them facing upwards and gathering dust. That logo projector can FOAD though.

    • drfish
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]Down on the front of the case there's what Antec calls a "logo projector" that will shine the company's logo on your desk in front of the case.[/quote<] [url=https://techreport.com/review/6247/antec-sonata-atx-case/2<]Classic Antec[/url<].

      • deruberhanyok
      • 2 years ago

      My eyes!

      • Gyromancer
      • 2 years ago

      Hah, that case was later repurposed for my Minecraft server that I ran for many years.

        • drfish
        • 2 years ago

        I only just tossed my original Sonata last year when we got a 30yd dumpster for a week to “spring clean” into. After housing my main rig back in the day, it was my sister’s case for even longer after that. I think the last mobo that it housed was socket 754, though (maybe 939).

    • deruberhanyok
    • 2 years ago

    Not bad! Internals look similar to Corsair’s 88R, which is also an excellent inexpensive case.

    • MileageMayVary
    • 2 years ago

    Looks nice. Good price. I hope that front “logo projector” can be turned off.

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    No comment on maximum GPU length? Ah, who am I kidding.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 2 years ago

      From the linked product page:
      Maximum graphics card length: 390 mm
      Maximum CPU cooler height: 160 mm
      Maximum power supply length: 160 mm

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