Installation
The internal layout of the P182SE chassis is pretty typical for a standard mid-tower ATX style case except the PSU is located at the bottom.  It’s also nearly identical to the previous P180 except for some welcome improvements to help make cable routing easier.  The overall installation of basic components went OK but the relatively tight compartmentalized spaces inside the enclosure and the black finish presented several challenges. 

Power Supply

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As I mentioned earlier, the fan located in the bottom between the power supply and lower HDD cage will most likely have to be removed when installing any mid to large size power supply.  For example, I had no choice but to remove the fan when installing Antec’s own Quattro 1,000W PSU. 

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The power supply must be slid into position from inside.  It is supported by a nice metal bracket shelf with silicone rubber pads.  Once in position the power supply is secured with four screws thru the backside panel and a U-shaped bracket inside. 

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Exposed Drive Bays – Optical Drives

Before a 5.25” drive or bay device can be mounted a black plastic bay cover must be popped out and the metal shield broken off inside.  This is easily accomplished by opening the front door and popping out the brackets – no tools required.  Then you just attach two of the provided drive rails and slide the drive in from the front.

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The P182SE enclosure incorporates one exposed 3.5” bay on the front panel, which also uses drive rails for mounting a 3.5” device.

Internal Hard Disc Drives

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Both the upper and lower 3.5” HDD cages are removable.  They are secured with a single thumb screw and just slide out when released.  The upper HDD cage is designed to mount one or two 3.5” drives in slide-out trays while the lower HDD cage is designed to mount up to four 3.5” drives.  All six of the 3.5” HDD mounting locations use silicone rubber grommets to help isolate vibration and noise.

ATX Motherboard

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I installed a full size ATX motherboard (Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe) into the P182SE chassis without issues.  The chassis uses threaded standoffs for mounting points and everything lined up and fit perfectly.   As you can see in the photos there isn’t a lot of room around the motherboard area to work and connect cables.

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