|Antec DF-85 Dark Fleet Full-Tower Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 20 July 2010|
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Antec, Dark Fleet DF-85 Case Review
Antec have been rather busy of late, busy creating the Dark Fleet series that is. The Dark fleet series is Antec's newest range of gaming PC cases and consists of three models, the DF-30 and DF-35 Mid Tower cases,, and the DF-85 Full Tower case. Today Benchmark Reviews has the pleasure to bring to you the Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower PC, case. The DF-85 comes with a whopping seven fans pre-installed, an external 2.5", SATA Hot-Swap bay, an internal 2.5" SSD, mount and, four movable Fleet Swap Hot-Swap drive interfaces with Fleet Release doors for easy access. This is just the tip of the iceberg though, please read on to see what's hot and what's not with the Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower PC case.
The inner dimensions of the Antec DF-85 are great, above the moterboard, there is 10cm of room (without fans) to install a watercooling setup, between the PCI slots and the HDD bays there is room to install up to 12.5" graphics cards, and from the motherboard tray to the side panel there is space to install coolers up to 18.5cm high.
Now bearing in mind that the Dark Fleet DF-85 is a full tower case, I am a little disappointed that there is no support for ULTRA-ATX, E-ATX, or XL-ATX, and there are only seven PCI slots which means no quad GPU setups either. If neither of these are a problem for you,, and you want a case with lots of room and great cooling and storage capabilities, then read on to find out more.
Features and Specifications
- Mounts either a standard size power supply or an Antec exclusive CP Series power supply
- Up to 9 x internal 3.5"
- 3 x external 5.25"
- 4 x internal 3.5" Fleet-Swap drives (position changeable)
- 1 x external top 2.5" hot-swap SATA drive bay
- 1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD, mount
- 2 x top 140mm TwoCool fans
- 2 x rear 120mm TwoCool red LED fans
- 3 x front 120mm red LED fans with speed control knobs
- 1 x side 120mm fan to cool graphics cards (optional)
- Water cooling capable
- 1 x USB 3.0
- 3 x USB 2.0
- Audio (AC'97 and HDA compatible) In and Out
- 596mm (H) x 213mm (W) x 505mm (D)
- 23.5" (H) x 8.4" (W) x 19.9" (D)
- 577mm (H) x 288mm (W) x 510mm (D)
- 22.7" (H) x 11.3" (W) x 20.1" (D)
- Net : 11.0 kg / 24.2 lb
- Gross : 11.3 kg / 26.3 lb
About Antec, Inc.
Antec, Inc. is the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets. Founded in 1986, Antec is recognized as a pioneer in the industry and has maintained its position as a worldwide market leader and international provider of quiet, efficient and innovative products. Antec has also achieved great success in the distribution channel, meeting the demands of quality-conscious system builders, VARs and integrators.
Antec's offering of enclosures includes a wide range of cases, such as its advanced Performance One Series, economical New Solution Series and VERIS family of media components designed for the home theater PC market. Antec's products also include front line power supplies, such as its premium Signature Series, powerful TruePower Quattro Series and EarthWatts, one of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. PC gamers are an increasingly significant consumer of performance components, and many Antec products are designed for the gaming demographic, like the premier gamer enclosure: the Nine Hundred. Antec also offers a line of computer accessories comprising 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, as well as in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China and Taiwan. The company's products are sold in more than 40 countries throughout the world. Please visit www.antec.com for more information.