|Antec DF-35 Dark Fleet Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 07 July 2010|
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Closer Look: Dark Fleet Exterior
The Antec DF-35 box calls out the main features of the case. Part of Antec's new "Dark Fleet" series, the DF-35 has a 2.5" SATA drive bay at the top of the case, swing-out front fans with removable filters, and two pluggable drive bays (aka "Fleet Swap") at the bottom of the chassis.
The accessory kit is minimal: two bags of screws and two cable ties. The bag of screws and white rubber mounts on the right is for mounting a 2.5" device at the very bottom of the case. No manual is included; purchasers are advised to go to the Antec web site to download it. As of the time of this writing, Antec has not posted a manual for the DF-35.
The DF-35 case body is steel and painted black, inside and outside, with an elaborate black palstic front bezel. Weighing in at 15 pounds, it has three 5.25" drive bays, one bay for an externally-accessible 3.5" device, and room for six 3.5" hard drives, three behind each front fan.
From this view we can see the rear 120mm fan and the top 140mm fan, as well as a mounting spot in the window for a user-supplied 120mm fan. The window mount only accomodates two screws (Antec supplies two longish self-tapping screws in the accessory kit that thread through the white rubber mounting points at opposite corners of the fan opening); the clear plastic mounting points have pins that fit into the screw holes on a fan's case. In this view you'll also notice something a little odd: although the power supply mounts at the bottom of the case, there are no ventilation holes or grill below the power supply.
The right side of the case is a simple black panel, relieved only by the "Antec Design" stamp.
The top of the case comprises a 140mm exhaust fan and the 2.5" SATA drive bay. The clear cover of the drive bay reveals the small SATA backplane board.
At the rear of the case we see the 120mm exhaust fan, 7 card slots, the power supply mounting area, and two punch-out holes for water cooling hoses. If the mounting area for the power supply looks a little odd, it's because it's designed to allow you to mount the power supply in two orientations: "normal" and "upside down".
Let's take a closer look at some of the exterior features of the Antec DF-35.