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Antec P110 Luce and P110 Silent – Test and Review

Antec P110 Luce and P110 Silent are two similar, yet different cases, offering a great experience to the end user due to various features and enhancements. Being part of the Performance series of chassis in Antec’s portfolio they provide style, cooling flexibility, and performance. My last Antec case test and review article was a while back, possibly more than a year ago, yet I’ve always enjoyed reviewing their products. Antec always seems to strive for better and add value to their chassis.

Here is a list of all Antec chassis we’ve reviewed at DVTests:

Before moving forward with the actual full article, test, and review, let’s mention a couple of sentences about each version of the chassis. When I say version, it’s because both cases offer quite a similar interior and structure on the inside. Outside, however, they bring different personalities and will attract different end users.

Antec P110 Luce is perhaps the more appealing chassis as it brings LED effects and a window panel to boost the looks of the hardware installed inside. Moreover, it represents how far cases have improved nowadays, especially the Mid tower ones.

Antec P110 Silent, as the name states, is the sound insulated version of P110 and brings the same clean, squarish design with features improving and maintaining low noise output. Again, it’s a mid-tower case design, even though both cases represent a bulky look and feel when compared to other mid-tower chassis I’ve tested previously.

Both P110 Luce and Silent did come to me unscathed for which I’m ever so grateful to the delivery guys.

Now seems like the right time to take a closer look at the boxes I’ve been provided with and then check out the Antec P110 versions, what they have to offer, how they perform and whether it’s feasible to invest your funds into these great looking cases.

Both carton boxes look similar and are also the same size physically. A black stripe with the Antec logo sits on the side of the boxes and the top covers are also colored in black, which is a nice touch, given that it’s only a box. Simple, not too fancy of a design and both boxes provide enough information about what the product inside is.

Nice graphic of each case located on the front of the carton boxes shows the products. Moving on to the back side of the box we have a detailed breakdown of technical specifications and features. Following my thought on the similarities of the cases, on the back side, both graphics are identical, on the P110 Luce and Silent. Additionally, to clearly distinct both products, a Caution sign states to handle the box of P110 Luce with care. This is to reaffirm the fact that a glass is present in the box. We’ll be taking a closer look at what’s exactly different a bit later in the article.

 Antec P110 Luce  Antec P110 Silent

 

Inspiring trust and solid protection for the cases, both boxes are sturdy and have handles, which is convenient. More often than not I’ve received heavy cases with no handles – it’s not great. In this case, Antec has made their best to present the cases in the most convenient and user-friendly way possible. Soft foam attached to carton protects both cases from external damage. To be frank it’s an excellent insulator. To add additional value and experience with unpacking Antec wrapped the cases in black cloth. It adds to the luxurious look and feel of both cases.

 Antec P110 protective packaging  Antec P110 soft styrofoam

 

Now that I removed the piece of cloth and protective styrofoam, let’s take a closer look at the cases and examine them on the external end. Later, we’ll take a peek at the interior and also install a test system to evaluate the cases’ cooling performance.

 

Antec p110 luce and p110 silent EXTERIOR

Here is Antec P110 (Luce and Silent versions’) front panel. Both cases were in pristine condition. Additionally, P110 Luce has another sticker, this time in color, on the glass panel. Good of Antec to include this reminder and also it peels off without leaving residue glue. Nicely done. P110 Luce and Silent come in black exterior and interior paint jobs only. They are also identical in size, measuring at 518 mm (H) x 230 mm (W) x 489 mm (D). This is putting them in the Middle tower category, perhaps on the slightly beefier side. P110 Luce weighs in at 11.7 kg, while Silent at 12.8 kg, due to the additional sound dampening materials.

A stunningly flat brushed design, with an aluminum front panel, cold to the touch and a suttle Antec logo on the top left corner. Simple and elegant design. It would impress people who like such type of design. To those who like the “wow” effect and all the bells and whistles, P110 might come as just the regular thing. Sometimes, however, regular is what you need.

 Antec P110 Luce additional accesories  Antec P110 Silent additional accessories

 

It’s also worth mentioning that both cases have features which could separate them from others on the market. LED lights in Luce do bump up the visuals and also the presence of a tempered glass window adds value. And the ability to show off your system, intentionally or not. It’s a quality piece of tempered glass (4mm thick), not a mere acrylic that scratches easily. Being glass it also requires proper handling and it’s fragile, so be careful when cleaning up your PC room.

 Antec P110 Luce additional accesories  Antec P110 Silent additional accessories

 

Externally, P110 Luce is offering a bit more to the eye than the Silent version. This is primarily due to the presence of the tempered glass on the side panel. Secondly, P110 Luce features lighting effects that most people would appreciate. They are not that intrusive, rather a subtle addition to the overall appealing looks of the case. P110 Luce and Silent come in black exterior and interior paint jobs only. They are also identical in size, measuring at 518 mm (H) x 230 mm (W) x 489 mm (D). This is putting them in the Middle tower category, perhaps on the slightly beefier side. P110 Luce weighs in at 11.7 kg, while Silent at 12.8 kg, due to the additional double layer sound dampening materials.

 Antec P110 Silent rear/top  Antec P110 Luce front/side

 

As these cases offer not only looks and features, Antec made sure to have performance in mind when designing these two. The front panels are almost identical in thickness – 0.8 mm brushed aluminum and side vents to allow the front fans to direct air in the interior. P110 Luce’s front panel is with a brushed design, while the P110 Silent is with a black matte look. Both are excellent in terms of quality, look and feel. Later in the article, we shall find out whether the vents work as intended.

On both cases’ front panel, Antec placed their logo, to glow in the dark. On the Silent P110, it glows white, while on the Luce version, the end user can choose how and in what color the logo should emit light. There are a total of 7 individual colors available (Red, Green, Blue, Purple, Yellow, White, Neon Green). There’s also a Breathing and Flashing functions available via the integrated LED controller. To top that off you can plug in more LED strips to really immerse yourself in the experience.

More on the external part, both cases have a somewhat unique style of removing the side panels on both sides. Each side panel is held securely in place by signature Antel thumb screws, located in all 4 corners. Rubber insulation surrounds the mounting points. Not only this protects the glass on P110 Luce, but also allows for vibrations to be absorbed in P110 Silent. Large high-quality rubber feet prevent the cases from slipping on almost any surface.

Let’s move on towards checking out P110’s interior layout.

 

Antec p110 luce and p110 silent INTERIOR

Once removed, the side panel reveals a similar look for both cases. With just a few minor details that differ. Otherwise, it’s the same spacious interior with dual chamber design and a large CPU cutout. There’s a distinct silver painted holder, which also serves the purpose of cable management tool. It’s placed right where we would usually see the large cutouts for PSU cables, surrounded by rubber grommets. Here, however, this has been replaced by this adjustable cable management bar. It also acts as a GPU Holder. This feature is present in both cases and can be adjusted both horizontally and vertically depending on the specific need.

In terms of motherboard support, both P110’s can accommodate ATX, Micro-ATX, and ITX sized MBs. Part of the technical details claims that both cases support CPU coolers with maximum height of 165mm  and GPUs with a maximum length of 390 mm (both horizontally and vertically). As both cases support standard ATX PSUs, the maximum supported PSU length is 200 mm. On the expansion end, there are 8 + 2 expansion slots. The additional 2 are vertical ones for a single GPU vertical installation.

 Antec P110 Luce additional accesories  Antec P110 Silent additional accessories

 

Once I removed the other side panel I did find the additional accessories box. It didn’t contain lots of things, but the very basics were there – installation manual, screws (all black) and 4 reusable, velcro straps with Antec’s logo. Very nice to include reusable ones, they make things a lot easier. In the P100 SIlent package, there were also two dust filters with magnets – a nice touch for added flexibility.

I’ve checked most of the chassis at this point, so let’s move on to removing all the parts that can be removed. Also, I will be explaining the process along the way.

Here is a quick list of the things I was able to remove from Antec P110 Series.

  • 2 x side panels with dual-layer sound dampening material (Silent)
  • 1 x metal side panel (Luce)
  • 1 x tempered glass side panel (Luce)
  • 2 x top panel covers with sound dampening material (Silent)
  • 2 x top panel covers with dust filters (Luce)
  • 4 x dust filters (front and bottom, 2 for each case)
  • 4 x storage device mount cage, 2 for each of the cases
  • 4 x storage device mount rails from the HDD cage (2 per each case)
  • 2 x SSD metal mounts behind the motherboard tray (1 per each case)
  • 2 x adjustable cable management bar and GPU holder
  • 4 x plastic, Antec labeled cable holders (behind the adjustable cable management bar, 2 per each case)
  • 1 x LED circuit board (Luce)
  • I/O ports panel and cables
  • 4 x 120mm fans (2 per each case)

All of the included parts are of great quality. I was only a bit nervous when removing the plastic cable management holders. They are flexible, but plastic and can be easily bent to the point of breaking. Other than that, these are high-quality cases and internal accessories. It’s worth mentioning that some of the parts are directly riveted and I couldn’t remove them. Also, where a part’s removal could lead to damage I prefer to leave it on the chassis.

Another great quality product included in the P110 Silent is the dual-layer sound dampening material. It makes the side panels quite heavy, however, the added insulation is remarkable in its ability to dampen sound. Both side panels of P110 Silent are equipped with it from end to end.

I was able to find out that even with all parts removed, the P110 chassis holds its ground and it’s solid. I couldn’t find weak spots or areas with issues. Excellent work from Antec in designing these.

 Antec P110 chassis  Antec P110 chassis

 

Of course, the next step is to assemble everything back together, so let’s get started, shall we. Usually, this is the trickiest process of them all, but in this case, all went quite well.

 Antec P110 I/O cables  Antec P110 LED logo assembly

 

Both cases offer illumination of the Antec logo on the front panel – the Luce version has several modes and colors, while the Silent one has an only white backlight. It still looks good and fits perfectly with the streamlined design of the case. The I/O cables of Luce are slightly more than the Silent, but follow the same path through a hole in the chassis, finding their way behind the motherboard tray where they can be easily arranged. Both cases feature 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x HDMI port and a large illuminated Power button. On the P110 Luce there is an additional button to control the different light modes and colors.

In the storage area of both cases, we find lots of options and different configurations to suit the needs of different types of end users. Total of 8 storage drives can be installed in each case, 2.5″ and 3.5″ alike. Two of the drive mounts are solely dedicated for 2.5″ storage devices (SSDs) and the other 6 can accommodate both 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives. This is a great number and surely will provide more than ample space for storage.

This is how the dedicated, full metal 2.5″ drive bay mount looks like when installed. Antec logo and “2.5” SSD Unit” in yellow inscription sit well on the glossy metal finish. There is a thumb screw to hold it in place safely behind the motherboard. A downside to this installation could be the lesser cooling that will be available to the drives installed there.

Within the second chamber of both cases, we see two metal drive mounts with rails that slide in the drive cage. They offer flexibility to mount 2.5″ or 3.5″ storage devices. This is perhaps the most common way of installing your SSD or HDD.

Last, but surely not least here is a shot of the other drive cages. These metal mounts with the indented Antec logo can accommodate a total of 4 drives. The way this works is that any 3.5″ drive can be installed on the bottom. On the top of the mount, you have the option to install either a 2.5″ or a 3.5″ drive. This way each mount holds a maximum of 2 drives. Of course, should you choose to go with this option it’s advisable to check for any compatibility issues (for example if you have multiple GPUs).

 Antec P110 Silent interior  Antec P110 Luce interior

 

To mention another aspect – on the P110 Luce these dual mount drive bays have slightly tighter spacing when compared to the P110 Luce.

On the back of the case, where the cable management gets messy I installed the plastic Antec cable holders. In addition to that, the silver metal plate hides the cable clutter in a fashionable way. I took extra care with the plastic as to avoid breaking them.

Next up was the fan installation. Any respected chassis should have at least 2 fans pre-installed, making it more capable straight out of the box. This is also minimizing hassle for the user to search for additional fans, check compatibility etc. In both Luce’s and Silent’s interior, there are one intake and one exhaust 120mm Antec fans. These fans feature a standard 120mm square fan frame and 3-pin fan connector with a black cable. Grey impeller with 9 sharp-edged blades will provide fresh air in the interior.

Both cases provide flexible cooling options with air and/or water cooling support. Here is a more comprehensive table of the supported cooling options for P110 Luce and P110 Silent.

    • Air cooling:
      Front fan mounts: 3 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm (one 120mm is included)
      Top fan mounts: 2 x 120mm or 2 x 140mm
      Rear: 1 x 120mm (included)
    • Liquid cooling:
      Front radiator mount: from 120mm up to 360mm
      Top radiator mount: from 120mm up to 280mm
      Rear radiator mount: 120mm

Moving forward with the dust protection, both cases offer convenient dust filtering and maintenance. It’s great to see the presence of several dust filters and also a quick and easy way to clean them.

A total of three locations are protected from dust via fine mesh, plastic frame filters, accompanied by magnets. The top and front filters on both cases are the magnetic ones. On the bottom, both cases have plastic rails on which the PSU dust filter slides into place from the side of the case.

Here is the time to mention a small difference between the two cases. P110 Luce has a large, single piece top dust filter, while the P110 Silent has two options. Being a Silent case it’s by default equipped with plastic covers for the top. They have a solid dual-layer sound dampening material to keep the noise down. With such configuration, any fan installed on the top will not be effective at all due to the blocked space. Another option of the Silent case for the top panel is to remove the sound suppressing covers and utilize the two magnet filters provided in the package of Antec P110 Silent.

 Antec P110 Silent top covers  Antec P110 Silent magnet dust filters

 

One of the last parts to put on is the front panel, which is actually the biggest part and is covered in brushed aluminum in the Luce and Silent version. It’s additionally reinforced by metal pegs to both secure it firmly in place and to be easily removed when needed. To be honest, it works quite well based on my experience with the cases. On the P110 Silent front panel, I expected to see some insulation on the inner side of the front panel. Such was not present, unfortunately.

Now that I’ve completed the chassis reassembly process the next goal is to proceed with the testing. Of course, before that, I have to move on with system installation, so here it goes.

 

Antec p110 luce and p110 silent TESTS

For the testing, I will use an Intel-based system with Z97 chipset motherboard.

Intel Z97 Test system

  • CPU: Intel i5-4670K
  1. At standard frequency 3.400 MHz (Voltage set to Auto when not OC-ing)
  2. At low overclock frequency of 3.900 MHz  (at 1.20V)
  • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VII HERO Z97
  • Video card: MSI AMD R9 280X GAMING 3G
  • Memory: Kingston Hyper-X SAVAGE 8 GB, Dual channel, 1866 MHz
  • Solid State Drive: Intel 530 Series, 120 GB
  • Hard drive: Western Digital 1 TB RED Series, NAS
  • Case: Antec P110 Luce/P110 Silent
  • Power supply:  Corsair RM750 W
  • Cooler: Reeven Naya 240
  • Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound

The test was conducted in a closed system with:

  • 1 x 120mm Antec fan, rotating at maximum RPM at 12 volts, mounted at the front
  • 1 x 120mm Antec fan, rotating at maximum RPM at 12 volts, mounted at the rear
  • Room temperature of about 25~26 degrees Celsius.

And here I want to describe my testing method.

I will install my test rig inside the case and do CPU and VGA stress tests using AIDA64 for about 10 minutes with these settings:

  • CPU: Intel i5-4670K – At a standard frequency of 3.400 MHz (Voltage set to Auto when not overclocking)
  • MSI AMD R9 280X GAMING 3G – running at stock voltage and auto speed control of the fans.

Working with Antec P110 was a very pleasant experience overall. I had minimal troubles installing my hardware and zero compatibility issues. Internally, the chassis is laid out in a way that provides enough space to hide cable clutter and enjoy a tidy looking system. A lot of help came from the GPU holder that acts as a cable management tool as well. The end result was quick installation and lots of space to tackle many of the cables. Even though the HDD/SSD cages are not tool free, the included black screws fit perfectly and do the job.

 Antec P110 with test system  Antec P110 Luce

Very neat looking interior and also through the glass panel of P110 Luce things are about to get quite shiny. Let’s check it out.

 Antec P110 Luce at night  Antec P110 Luce LED logo

 

As the P110 Luce has illuminated logo on the front and on the PSU shroud you have to connect their power cables to the PSU in order for them to work. This way you will enjoy a nicely illuminated case.

 Antec P110 Silent top covers  Antec P110 Silent magnet dust filters

 

Here is a summary of the tests I conducted with Antec P110 Luce and Antec P110 Silent.

 Antec P110 Luce @idle  Antec P110 Silent @idle

 

 Antec P110 Luce @load  Antec P110 Silent @load

 

Antec p110 luce and p110 silent CONCLUSIONS

  1. Antec P110 Luce performance – It wouldn’t come as a surprise that the cooling performance was average at best. After all, there are only 2 included fans and we shouldn’t expect miracles. Overall build quality is excellent, spacious interior makes installation quick and hassle-free. Dust filters provide great protection from all corners and in terms of flexibility for storage, there’s a multitude of options. Cable management and GPU holder is working as intended, even though some people may call it excessive or not really needed.
  2. Antec P110 Silent performance – More or less the same situation as with the Luce, nothing to really impress us in terms of cooling prowess with the included fans. Let’s not forget that if more fans are added to the equation things will look quite different. Both cases offer a spacious interior and open airflow design, so the right cooling formula will make them very capable.
  3. Antec P110 Luce appearance – Surely, RGB is the thing, surely the Luce has it and the Antec logo, power button and Antec logo on the PSU shroud are lit. You can even adjust the modes and colors. It’s nice, well executed, but is not unique. It’s something to have in mind and shouldn’t put you off with purchasing the case. If you are a fan of the subtle LED light and look, this case is a great start. I’m a bigger fan of the glass panel and it’s very much the focus of this case. Strong and with tinted ends it really shows off the system in a very pleasant manner. The brushed aluminum front panel also gives a premium look and feel.
  4. Antec P110 Silent appearance – Matte black front panel, more or less a stealth looking case. Flat panels all around, signature Antec thumb screws with a yellow “A” on them. This case does the job it’s built for – silence. The Antec logo on the front panel is also illuminated but it’s a static, one white LED. Nevertheless, P110 Silent is where form meets function without gimmicks.
  5. Antec P110 Luce noise level – Pretty much a normal sounding case. I’ve noticed that there is a small gap, probably of around 0.2 mm between the panels and the chassis which may contribute to a bit more noise, but that’s not proven. It absorbs vibrations well, there is no rattling parts, only a normal humming sound from the passing air.
  6. Antec P110 Silent noise level – Great quality sound dampening material consisted of two layers, perhaps the weight it adds to the case it’s quite worth it. Both side panels weigh more than a low budget case. Top covers also reduce the noise levels. I replaced them with the magnetic filters and realized that the high-frequency noise is more pronounced. Again, a rather small gap was visible between the panels 0.1-0.2mm which may contribute to some minor noise output. Nevertheless, P110 Silent is definitely a good choice for a silent case.

 

I believe Antec P110 Luce deserves the following reward:

I believe Antec P110 Silent deserves the following reward:

Official price (MSRP) for Antec P110 Luce: (to be added)

Official price (MSRP) for Antec P110 Silent: (to be added)

Warranty: 24 months

Special thanks to Antec for providing us with the P110 Luce and P110 Silent test samples.

9.1 Total Score
Antec P110 Luce and P110 Silent offer two very appealing packages for end users

Antec P110 Luce - visually attractive package with great looking, high quality tempered glass panel, flexible air, and liquid cooling options. LED lights to complement the stylish design. Great for those who appreciate their builds and want to keep an eye on them.--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- Antec P110 Silent - "stealth" design with flexible air, and liquid cooling options. Almost fully protected by noise dampening material that provides great sound insulation. Dust filters all around to keep the hardware clean. Excellent choice for users with a low tolerance for noise.

Antec P110 Luce - Design
10
Antec P110 Luce - Build Quality
9.5
Antec P110 Luce - Performance
9
Antec P110 Luce - Noise Dampening
8.5
Antec P110 Silent - Design
9
Antec P110 Silent - Build Quality
9.5
Antec P110 Silent - Performance
9.5
Antec P110 Silent - Noise Dampening
10
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