Antec’s P110 Luce case reviewed

When I signed up to take a look at Antec’s P110 Luce case, I was expecting just another ATX mid-tower with a tempered-glass side panel to hit my doorstep. Once I received the case and pulled it out of the box, though, I grew more excited by the moment.

The exterior of this case is simple and elegant. The front panel is made from brushed aluminum with a seven-color RGB LED-backlit logo at the top left corner. A moderately forceful pull on the bottom of the front panel disconnects the stainless-steel pegs from the chassis. There’s no need to worry about pulling on any wires for the LED logo, as the lighting system is thoughtfully attached to the chassis.

On both sides of the front panel, Antec includes removable vents to balance noise and air flow. To remove the vents, one only needs to pull and wiggle them out of their slots.

Removing the P110 Luce’s front panel exposes its front dust filter. This easy-to-remove filter is attached with strong magnets. Just behind the dust filter, there’s a preinstalled 120-mm fan with a three-pin connector and mounts for two additional 120-mm fans. You can also install two 140-mm fans after removing the preinstalled fan. Directly behind the front fan mounts there is room for a slim radiator up to 360 mm long. The entire radiator-and-fan stack mounted here can’t be more than 55 mm tall, though that’s a fairly typical figure for most all-in-one liquid-cooling systems.

The left panel is made of four-millimeter-thick tempered glass. Since the entire side panel is clear glass rather than the heavily-tinted stuff on some other tempered-glass cases, you can easily see all your RGB and expensive components inside. The panel is held in place with four thumb screws, so it’s easy to take off. The rubber grommets that hold the panel in place are captive on the chassis, so it’ll be hard to lose them.

At the bottom of the case, we have a large opening for airflow with a removable dust filter. This dust filter slides out from the left side of the case, making it easy to remove and reinstall even when the case is under a desk. The feet have rubber pads on the bottom to reduce transfer of vibrations into floors or desks and keep the case high enough off the ground to ensure air can be pulled into the case without restriction.

The top of the case features a recessed dust filter for the top fan mounts. The dust filter is removable and attached with very strong magnets. The top fan mounts of the P110 Luce support either two 120-mm fans or two 140-mm fans, and they can also accommodate radiators as large as 280 mm. The maximum thickness for the entire fan-and-radiator stack on this mount is 55 mm.

The P110 Luce’s top I/O ports include an HDMI connector for plugging VR headsets right into the front panel of the case. To support that idea, the case also includes two USB 3.0 ports along with the usual 3.5-mm jacks for audio and microphone input. The power button is RGB LED illuminated and will match the color of the Antec logo. A button on the top panel cycles through the seven available colors from Antec’s built-in controller.

At the rear of the case, Antec preinstalls a three-pin 120-mm exhaust fan. A 120-mm radiator can go on this fan mount, as well. The coarse mesh on this mount seems ideal for good airflow, and the mount uses adjustable screw slots instead of four fixed holes for easy repositioning of the fan if a builder needs to move it out of the way of a radiator stack, for example. The P110 Luce has eight expansion slot covers, so even builders exploring three- or four-way SLI will find enough slots for their needs.

The P110 Luce also has a pair of vertical slots for turning graphics cards on their sides, although Antec doesn’t provide (or even make) the complementary mount that’s required to pass a riser cable from the motherboard to this location. Vertical mounts are great for showing off expensive RGB LED-illuminated graphics cards, presuming yours will fit in the rather narrow space between the vertical mount and side window on this case.

The P110 has been at e-tailers for a while now, so its price is usually subject to the whims of the discount winds. Amazon has the case for about $92, while Newegg marketplace sellers have it for as little as $84. That’s quite reasonable for an ATX mid-tower with tempered-glass side panels these days.

At 20.4″ x 9″ by 19.2″ (HWD) or 518 mm x 230 mm x 489 mm, the P110 Luce is about average-sized for an ATX mid-tower—perhaps a bit on the chunky side. Let’s see how Antec puts that space to use now.

 

Getting inside

Upon taking off the tempered-glass side panel, builders will immediately note the wide-open interior of the P110 Luce. This case’s maximum CPU cooler height is 6.5″ (165 mm), and the longest graphics card one can put inside can measure 15.3″ (390 mm) in both horizontal and vertical orientations. Antec pre-installs most of the motherboard standoffs and provides extras in the case’s parts kit if they’re needed.

Two 3.5″ drive bays are mounted to the top of the PSU shroud. These bays come off easily with a twist of a thumb screw and a short slide away from the motherboard tray. The drive bays have four rubber grommets pre-installed at the four screw hole locations typical of a 3.5″ drive. The grommets can be moved to other locations on these covers to accommodate most any 3.5″ mounting points, and they can also be configured to accept 2.5″ drives. Once a drive is hanging off the underside of each bay, it’ll be practically invisible from the inside of the case when it’s mounted.

The right-side panel of the case is 100% metal. Unlike most other cases, the P110 Luce uses the same four-thumb-screw arrangement for this metal panel as it does for the tempered-glass left-side panel. Behind the panel there is a generous 1.4″ (35 mm) of clearance for cable management with plenty of tie-down points.

The P110 Luce includes a built-in RGB LED controller behind the motherboard tray that handles the lighting for the front-panel logo and power button. It also includes two four-pin LED strip headers for builders who want to synchronize the RGB LED party inside their systems. This controller doesn’t have any kind of software or USB hookup for finer tuning, though, so builders will need to be OK with one of Antec’s seven pre-baked lighting options.

The power cable for the RGB LED controller is pre-routed into the power-supply compartment and uses a four-pin Molex connection. It’s a lot more common to end up with spare SATA power connectors from a PSU these days, so I would have preferred it had Antec used this more up-to-date connection.

The motherboard tray has many locations to pass cables through, the most prominent of which is a cable channel cut into the area ahead of the motherboard standoffs. Plastic clips in this channel ensure that any wires here will remain under control.

Antec also includes a combination cable-management cover and graphics-card support bracket that goes over this cable channel for an extra dose of cable concealment. A plastic shelf screws into the slots on this cover to support especially long graphics cards, though shorter pixel-pushers may not make their way far enough forward to rest on this shelf. Like most features of the P110 Luce, the graphics-card support can be set aside if it’s not needed.

On the back side of the motherboard tray, there’s a sled for two 2.5″ SSDs. The power supply compartment provides room for PSUs measuring 7.9″ (200 mm) or less. Ahead of the PSU mount, there’s a removable drive bay that can accommodate two 3.5″ or 2 2.5″ drives. If this mount isn’t needed, it can be removed to provide more room for excess cables. The PSU mount has anti-vibration rubber strips preinstalled to reduce noise, although the semi-passive modes of most power supplies these days make these strips less essential than they might have been in the past.

The build

During the build process, I mostly noticed how little room there was for cables coming from the PSU into the main motherboard chamber. This is just a small annoyance. I would suggest removing the drive bays on top of the power-supply shroud to make more cable-routing room if they are not needed. I opted to use the 3.5″ bay ahead of the power-supply mount to ensure I had enough room.

Another minor pain point of the P110 Luce is the fact that it needs a dedicated Molex cable to power the LED controller, so that added a long and mostly unused power cable to the already limited space in front of the power supply shroud.

Aside from those minor annoyances, everything else in my build process went smoothly. The installation was one of my quickest builds yet, and Antec deserves praise for making the P110 Luce easy to build in.

 

Our testing methods

Here are the specifications of our test system:

Processor Intel Core i7-6700K
Motherboard ASRock Z170 Extreme7+
Memory 16 GB (2x 8 GB) G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3000
Graphics card Sapphire Radeon R9 380X
Storage OCZ Vector 180 480 GB SSD

WD Black 1 TB HDD

Power supply Aerocool P7-850
CPU cooler Cooler Master MasterLiquid 120
OS Windows 10 Pro

Our thanks to ASRock, G.Skill, OCZ, WD, Aerocool, and Cooler Master for helping us outfit our test rigs with some of the finest hardware available. Our thanks to Antec for providing the P110 Luce for testing, as well.

Our case testing cycle consists of the following phases:

  • 10 minutes of idle time at the Windows desktop
  • 10 minutes of the Prime95 Small FFTs CPU torture test
  • 10 minutes of the Prime95 Small FFTs CPU torture test and the Unigine Heaven graphics torture test
  • 10 minutes of idle time at the Windows desktop

Ambient room temperature during our test run was about 72° F or 22° C.

Cooling performance

Here are the results of our thermal performance tests, plotted over time:


And here are the minimum and maximum temperatures we recorded during our testing period:


No surprises here: the P110 Luce performs about as well as the other cases in our test suite. Its cooling performance isn’t quite as good as that of the Aerocool cases we’ve tested of late, but those enclosures are more airflow-oriented than quiet-oriented, and the P110 Luce is the exact opposite. Perhaps it’s a mark in the P110’s favor that cooling performance doesn’t take a hit from its less-ventilated panels.

Noise levels


 

At idle, the P110 Luce’s included fans produce a mild, clean-sounding hum. I expect these fans would easily fade into the background at idle. Under full load, it’s possible to hear the fans kick up, but the sound they produce is still smooth and clean. In both subjective and absolute terms, the P110 Luce delivers fine noise performance.

 

Conclusions

Antec got nearly everything right with the P110 Luce. The brushed-aluminum front panel and tempered-glass side panel lend an air of class to this enclosure, and features like dust filters on every intake cement the P110 Luce’s premium billing. Antec’s pre-installed 120-mm fans are of high quality, and the case has plenty of mounting options for liquid-cooling hardware for those who want to explore it.

Outside of getting the basics right, Antec throws in some nice features like a pre-installed RGB LED controller and an integrated graphics-card support bracket. The case also includes an unusual front-panel HDMI pass-through for VR headsets, and it’s got enough USB ports alongside the front-panel HDMI port to make plug-and-play Oculus Rift support a reality.

Antec P110 Luce

May 2018

The P110 Luce’s extensive internal options for hiding stray cabling and potentially unsightly storage devices make clean builds simple, too. I’d have appreciated it if the RGB LED controller was smarter or more configurable, or that it at least controlled both the front-panel logo and the logo on the PSU shroud. As it stands, the white LED Antec logo on the PSU shroud can’t be synchronized with other lighting in a system.

Although the P110 Luce’s cooling performance isn’t anything exceptional, it didn’t cause any of the components in our test system to reach alarming levels, either. Laudably, its noise levels under load are among the lowest we’ve seen among the recent cases we’ve tested. That’s a fine balance of performance we expect a lot of builders will be happy with.

At about $91 on Amazon or as little as $84 through Newegg’s marketplace right now, the P110 Luce offers a classy, high-performance and well-put-together package for not a lot of cash. Builders who want a case capable of putting a clean face on any build would do well to check out the P110 Luce, and I’m happy to call it a TR Editor’s Choice.

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    • Ryhadar
    • 1 year ago

    It’s nice to see Antec actually come out with decent cases again. Maybe they ran out of Antec 900 money? Which, wow, the 900 is still for sale on newegg and with USB 3.0 ports!

    Here’s probably my biggest complaint about the case and the industry in general lately: [url<]https://techreport.com/gallery/33682/antec-p110-luce-case-reviewed/102674/built-left-hires[/url<] There looks to be enough dead space in there to fit a whole mini-ITX motherboard to the right of the ATX one. I get that we've all collectively decided (somehow) that front mounted 5.25" devices are taboo, but can case manufacturers actually [i<]do[/i<] something with that space other than, "You can fit 17 radiators in this case!". And if you can't/don't want to at least provide an option where you decrease the volume of the case.

      • Anovoca
      • 1 year ago

      The general idea with that space being open is, more cable management and better airflow through the case, making the case quieter and cooler. What I don’t understand is why the [url=https://techreport.com/gallery/33682/antec-p110-luce-case-reviewed/102682/open-left-hires<]cable shroud[/url<] was left off for the final build photo, since that aesthetically helps make that area feel far less open and of course, hides the cables from view.

      • Chrispy_
      • 1 year ago

      I agree with you that the industry is getting out of hand in terms of size.

      There is a demographic that doesn’t care about case size, and that’s fine. We understand that some people have very large rooms with loads of space and never ever want to move their PC. For the rest of us, it would be nice to not have the “default” standard-sized ATX case creep up in volume and weight to the point where you are far beyond practicality.

      Manufacturers seem to be moving towards designs that can [i<][b<]simultaneously[/b<][/i<] house a single-fan AIO on the rear as well as two 540mm radiators. Outside of milk-crate GPU mining, the multi-GPU market is almost totally dead; Probably because it's still hampered by poor scaling, relies on belated driver and software support, and is riddled with unsurpassable technical limitations even in the best-case scenarios. So why do all our cases need to fit seven fans worth of double-wide radiator, exactly? Who actually runs three radiators and why is that a goal that every new ATX case on the market must strive to meet?! I once built a minimal ATX case out of sheet steel in my spare time working at a Rolls Royce turbine blade production facitily in the UK. It was the width of an ATX PSU, it was the height of an ATX board + an ATX PSU and it was 11" long to fit the largest GPU in the market at the time. It had 6x 120mm fans, with all intakes filtered, and thanks to the new invention of SATA cabling, I didn't need bulky ribbon cables for my two hard drives. Without water-cooling radiator support it had [i<]unrivalled[/i<] airflow for its time and occupied an efficient 18L (HxWxD was 395x155x295mm). At 58.3L, there is room for three of those Chrispy_ATX v1.0 cases inside this P110 Luce, and on the assumption I could fit ITX boards or rPi's in the leftover space, probably room for another five of six 'PCs' [i<]Tetris'ed[/i<] into the gaps. I agree that [b<]some[/b<] space for cable-management and ease of building are desirable - yet an inch of space behind the motherboard tray is already overkill for the common flat PSU cables. What we have in modern cases in terms of 'cable routing space' is [i<]waaaaaaay[/i<] out of hand, and punishing the 99% of users for the sake of the <1% triple radiator extreme overclocker multi-GPU nutjob demographic who refuse to admit that their third GTX1080Ti is only adding 2% more performance, a month after the game has launched and the SLI driver update actually allows them to successfully mutli-GPU in that title.... 🙁

    • Anovoca
    • 1 year ago

    Seems like an alright case but overall it looks like a cheaper built yet more expensive NZXT S340. Unless you guys decide to test that case as well to show me that the Antec can out cool/store/silence I would stick with the cheaper, higher built quality, and for my taste MUCH better looking [url=https://www.nzxt.com/products/s340-white<]S340[/url<] Edit: Also, and this is not to knock TechReport or anything, but what exactly is this thing's competition against which you are judging it? Aerocool? Corsair? These aren't exactly HQ brands for people concerned with function over form. Phanteks, Fractal, NZXT, BeQuiet! are always my first go to's with Antec or CoolerMaster a distant 5th. I realize your case selections are limited by what you can get your hands on for testing, which means relying on site sponsors to send you gear; BUT, I do tend to have issues with the way a recommendation can be awarded to a case when so few others have been tested against it. It would be like Motor Trend test driving nothing but a KIA then giving it accolades because it was better than the Honda Civic they rode in on. It just sort of ruins the credibility of the award.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 1 year ago

      I’ve reviewed more than a few cases in my time and I know what separates the good from the bad. I’m confident our testing and conclusions here support our recommendation.

        • Anovoca
        • 1 year ago

        I just think there are a lot of readers that hold your seal of approval as a gold standard by which they can feel comfortable getting the most features and quality for their dollars. While this case is probably very good in comparison to many of the other cases you have tried, it is on par with cases other industry leaders have been manufacturing for three or more years, and costs $30-$50 MORE than some of those other cases.

          • Jeff Kampman
          • 1 year ago

          If you actually compare apples to apples the tempered-glass-equipped and front-panel-VR-ready NZXT S340 Elite is basically the same price as this P110 Luce. The Antec also has more versatile top fan mounts, nice backlit accents, and a better-designed bottom dust filter system.

          If you prefer the NZXT that’s fine but the two cases just aren’t that far apart in features or price.

            • Anovoca
            • 1 year ago

            In my experience, the build quality of Antec is a step behind NZXT or Fractal (and the three of those are a leap behind Phantek). If this new case is an improvement on their previous models, then good for them; but the only way for me to know that is to see them reviewed side by side by an unbiased source(like you). If I saw that and the LUCE still came out with the gold recommendation, then that would say A LOT to me about the case; but as it is right now, it is being compared side by side in the review to an Aerocool, which is about as mediocre in quality as they come.

    • GodsMadClown
    • 1 year ago

    Am I the only one hearing the product name in my head with the voice of Desi Arnez?

    • reckless76
    • 1 year ago

    This case does look very nice, though I’d be much more interested to hear how the P110 Silent does. I imagine it’d have about the same thermal performance, but be a tad bit more quiet?

    • hansmuff
    • 1 year ago

    When will we see USB 3.1 front ports? Even my Z270 board has a 3.1 front connector that’s going unused in my Corsair Carbide 600Q.

      • adisor19
      • 1 year ago

      If it’s USB-C ports that you mean, I had the same question. It’s 2018 for crying out loud. USB-C/Thunderbolt3 ports is the only port I wanna see on a brand new case.

      Adi

    • K-L-Waster
    • 1 year ago

    Nicely modern take on the 2001-Monolith style case.

    All you case makers who sell RGB-festooned angular rejects from LoL masquerading as cases, observe how it’s done by adults.

      • Spunjji
      • 1 year ago

      Hilariously I’m currently seeing a Corsair SPEC-OMEGA advert to the right of this post. *shudders*

      • Chrispy_
      • 1 year ago

      You got my vote with “RGB-festooned angular rejects from LoL”

    • Shobai
    • 1 year ago

    Quick question: the bottom of the case appears to have fan mounts behind them filter, but I didn’t see any discussion about options that might fit there. Could you give us a run down, please?

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 1 year ago

      Antec doesn’t specify any bottom fan mounts and I’m not sure why you would want to put any fans down there, as they’d be fouled by the PSU cabling and/or just blow air into the bottom chamber for no good reason.

        • Shobai
        • 1 year ago

        Thanks for the reply, Jeff. I wonder what other cases share this design, then, because they must have had a reason to design the bottom face in that way.

          • Waco
          • 1 year ago

          If you have a PSU that exhausts out the back, it filters the incoming air. If you are crafty, I bet you could get a 240mm radiator down there.

    • elmopuddy
    • 1 year ago

    Nice case, but missing 2 keys things for my usage:

    – no fan on the door (I have my M2 SSD in a riser card, that fan blows nice cool air on it)
    – no supplied blocks for the top of the case

    I really like the look though, glad this OG case company is back in it, they used to be the only cases I’d buy, I must have owned at least 20 different ones!

    Great review too, thanks TR

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 1 year ago

    I love this case. I’ve been following this case. The room behind the Mobo tray is much larger than my 400Q. This is my next case, Bros.

    Srsly_Bro

    • derFunkenstein
    • 1 year ago

    Great review. And that’s a fantastic-looking case with all the amenities that you could want. The price is also just right. Really looks like Antec hit a home run.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      Indeed. My first antec was the P182 and I’ve liked the brand theme.

    • RickyTick
    • 1 year ago

    Nice review Mike. At the bottom of page 1 you have “At 23.2″ x 22″ x 12.6″ (HWD) or 518 mm x 230 mm x 489 mm, the P110 Luce is about average-sized for an ATX mid-tower” That’s an odd size and the mm to inches doesn’t convert correctly.

    HxWxD is 20.39″ x 9.06″ x 19.25″ according to Newegg.

    That’s almost as big as a Corsair Obsidian 650D, and bigger than the 450D or the Antec 900/902.

    Looks nice though.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 1 year ago

      That’s my bad, Antec’s specs repeat the packaged dimensions.

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