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Written by Tim White - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Antec Twelve Hundred Gaming Case
Closer Look: Exterior
Exterior Continued
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Antec Twelve Hundred

Antec has had great success in the computer enclosure market with several great designs ranging from mild to wild. Unless you've been living under a rock somewhere you should be familiar with one of their latter, the Antec 900, labeled as the Ultimate Gaming Case. In this article Benchmark Reviews will examine the anticipated successor; the Antec Twelve Hundred... The Unbeatable Gaming Case. With six bright LED fans and enough size to park a small hybrid car inside, could the Antec 1200 be unbeatable?

When I began to write this review of the Antec Twelve Hundred I couldn't help but think back to when I first started down the path of performance computing. Very few names came to mind automatically; Antec is one of those very few. Antec seemed to be the name to buy if you wanted a solid, powerful power supply unit; and the same could be said about their computer cases. Back in those days all I could really do was dream of being able to afford such items and they were viewed as a luxury. Now, as an adult the luxuries of the past have come full circle. I cannot afford to go with anything less than high quality computing products and now consider them a necessity.

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We invest a lot into our computer systems, both time and money. Our hardware works very hard for us, yet a lot of times people over-look the importance of a well-designed and well-built computer case. I've seen many people skimp on the case and pay dearly with high system temperatures, cuts and scrapes from the build and overall bad experiences building computers due mainly to the enclosure they chose.

The Antec Twelve Hundred aims to cure all these ailments. With today's video cards and high power CPUs, the name of the game is cooling. The Twelve Hundred appears to be a computer cooling dream. The Antec Twelve Hundred is hailed by Antec to be the "Unbeatable Gaming Case". Let's see how well the Twelve Hundred lives up to these very big claims.

Features and Specifications

  • 12 Drive Bays
  • Perforated front bezel for maximum air intake
  • Washable air filters reduce dust build up in your system
  • Advanced Cooling System:
    • 1 top special 200 x 30 mm blue LED exhaust fan with 3-speed switch control (LEDs can be switched off as well)
    • 2 rear 120 x 25 mm special blue LED exhaust fans with 3-speed switch control
    • 3 front 120 x 25 mm special blue LED intake fans with front speed control
    • 1 side 120 x 25 mm fan to cool graphic cards (optional)
    • 1 middle 120mm fan to cool CPU or graphic cards (optional)
  • Water cooling platform for reservoir or pump
  • 7 expansion slots
  • Top mounted I/O ports for easy access
    • Power and reset button with blue LED
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x eSATA
  • HD Audio In and Out
  • Convenient top accessory tray for a personal media player
  • Motherboard: Mini ITX, Micro ATX, or Standard ATX
  • No Power Supply included
  • Dimensions:

    • 22.9" (H) x 8.4" (W) x 20.2" (D)
    • 58.2 (H) x 21.3 (W) x 51.3 (D) cm

    Weight:

    • Net: 31.9lbs / 14.5kg
    • Gross: 38.6lbs / 17.5kg

    About the company: Antec, Inc.

    Antec, Inc., is the leading global brand of high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in these industries and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of efficient, quiet, and reliable products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.Antec_Logo_Believe-It.png

    Antec's offering of enclosures includes a large range of cases, such as its technically advanced Performance One Series, cost-effective New Solution Series and server grade cases designed for the needs of all workstation and server markets. Antec's products also include front line power supplies such as its TruePower Trio series, Quattro series, and EarthWatts, the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are geared toward the gaming demographic, like the Nine Hundred, the premier gamer enclosure. Antec also offers a computing accessories line comprised of many original products, including its patented LED Fans and Notebook Cooling solutions.

    Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The company's products are sold in more than 30 countries throughout the world.



     

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