Antec Performance Plus 1080B SOHO File Server

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In continuation of the series of innovative and interesting computer enclosures, I bring you the review of the Antec Performance Plus Series 1080B SOHO File Server. This case has plenty of cooling features along with some other rather unique features even some of which you don’t have to purchase this case to enjoy. With 3 stock fans including 1 80mm side blow hole, and the option to add two more front fans, even the hardest driven server will stay well cooled.

The PP1080B as I call it is a roomy case with plenty of room for CDRs and hard drives with a total of 10 bays. With that much room, this Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) Server Case has plenty of space to offer you. Here are the specs for the PP1080B from the Antec website:

Antec PLUS1080/1080B
Case Type SOHO File Server
Case Dimensions 20.6″ x 8.1″ x 18.6″
(H) x (W) x (D)
Drive Bays
– Front Accessible
– Internal
4 x 5.25″, 2 x 3.5″
4 x 3.5″
Expansion Slots 7 Full Length
Cooling System 5 x 80mm fans
– 1 front (Optional)
– 2 rear (Standard)
– 1 HDD (Optional)
– 1 Side Panel (Standard)
Power Supply 430W
Material 1.0mm SECC
Net Weight
Gross Weight
31.7 lbs.
33.7 lbs.
Motherboards Fits standard ATX / Xeon (PIII Core) / Pentium 4
Special Features 2 front USB ports
1 front IEEE1394 (Firewire) port
Swing-out side panel with handle
Quick-release drive bays with release lever
Snap-in fan mounts
Large front panel vent with washable air filter
Package Includes 1 Tower Case
1 430 Watt ATX TruePower (True 430) – installed
1 power cord
case fans
1 set of screws and motherboard standoffs
1 complete set of drive rails ( 6 rails )
1 Installation manual

As with every case I reviewed, the specs found on the web were slightly less then perfectly accurate although Antec’s website specs are the closest I have seen. The only thing that is slightly off is the drive rails. There are 4 pairs of rails for a total of 8 rails, one for each side of the 4 external 5¼” drive bays. Close, but no cigar. With that being said, it’s time for the graphical part of this review.

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