|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 Interior
When I look at a new case, the interior is one of the first things I scrutinize, because this is where I will be spending some quality time. The interior of the Antec DF-35 is surprisingly spartan for a modern enthusiast case. There are no cable management holes in the motherboard (Antec touts a "cable management compartment", but I'm not sure where that is); the rear card slot covers are punch-out, and there are no drive rails or other toolless features. Six motherboard standoffs are pre-installed; you'll need to add another three for standard ATX motherboards. XL-ATX motherboards like the ASUS Rampage III Extreme will not fit. One nice touch is the black case interior, which looks a lot better than bare metal.
Above the punch-out card slot covers are two circular punch-outs, presumably for water cooling hoses, but the lack of rubber grommets means you'd need to take some steps to prevent the hoses being damaged by the thin metal edges of the case. This is probably a moot point since the interior of the DF-35 mid-tower case would be very cramped for a water cooling system. Since the punch-out card slot covers cannot be screwed back into the chassis once they're removed, if you remove an existing card you'll have a hole in the rear of the case.
There's no room for any cables behind the motherboard tray. I measured 4mm of clearance between the bottom of the motherboard tray and in the inside of the panel.
There are still a few surprises inside this case, though...