Let's start out
with the box the Quiet Power P180 is shipped in. I've never given much
thought to the cosmetics of a product box, but when you ship a heavy
case such as the P180, the packing material and care in which the
product is packed far outweigh looks. All Antec P180 cases come well
packed from Antec, but Swiftech goes one step further by wrapping the
box in heavy duty plastic wrap and slapping fragile stickers on the box
in hopes that the delivery person will show some mercy.
The shipping box also shows all the goodies
that come with the Swiftech Quiet Power P180.
Have you ever
noticed that by the time the warehouse workers and delivery people get
done roughing up your new case there are buffing marks and scratches on
you pretty new case? Antec and Swiftech prevent this from happening by
coating the case with plastic. Once you unpack the case, you simply peal
off the plastic. Sometimes it's a good idea to leave this plastic on
until you have fully assembled your case just to prevent it from getting
scratched while installing your hardware.
The Antec P180 is
one of my favorite cases of all time. Not just because it's an awesome
looking case, but because it's well built and has some great features
such as filtered 120mm cooling fans, a top exhaust fan, plenty of drive
bays, sound dampening, tool free drive bays, and best of all factory
ready water cooling ports. It's no wonder why Swiftech decided to use
the Antec P180.
Here we see the 120mm cooling fan filters
mounted in the front of the case.
What would a custom case from Swiftech be
without their logo? Nice touch...
If you're wondering
if Swiftech just slapped a water cooler in the case and renamed it,
think again. Swiftech has added some of their own features such as this
"backlit level indicator window". Behind this window is where the water
tank sits. The water tank itself is lit up with an LED light so you can
easily see the water level.
One of the distinct
features of the Antec P180 case is the blow hole fan mod in the top of
the case. These blow holes are still pretty rare on a factory design,
but they are an extremely effective method of venting out hot air. Antec
uses a ported fan guard on the top of the case to blow the air up and to