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Written by Dan Ferguson   
Monday, 21 November 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Antec Eleven Hundred Computer Case
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: Interior
Detailed Interior Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Antec Eleven Hundred Computer Case Review

Manufacturer: Antec, Inc.
Product Name: Eleven Hundred
Model Number: 0-761345-15950-0
Price As Tested: $129.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Antec

Due to the popularity of Antec's Nine Hundred and Twelve Hundred gaming cases, Antec has released the anticipated Eleven Hundred. As an extended mid-tower case it fills a small void between mid and full sized gaming cases and has room to grow with the individual as well as the industry. It complements the expanding variety of gaming configurations by providing greater range of options for things like motherboard size and fan placement. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will give an intimate look at the features and performance of the Eleven Hundred and score it against the competition.

Mid-sized cases provide smaller hardware frames that help keep costs down while still providing useful features and accommodating a wide range of user needs. For many people the small box just doesn't provide enough space or features. It could be that the novice builder gains more experience and parts and just needs more room. It could be the experienced user who follows the technology trend and ends up with larger and larger video cards. Whatever the circumstance there often comes a time when you just need more than a small case can offer.

Until recently this often meant stepping up to the next class and getting a full-sized ATX case. This comes with the addition to both the price tag and the footprint. I remember when I made that transition that the full-sized case dwarfed what I really needed. It was total overkill and difficult to justify the cost. Some builders just don't need or want some mammoth beast. Don't get me wrong, giant cases definitely have their purpose, especially for intense builds. But you don't need buy a jackhammer when a sledge will get the job done.

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

That's what Antec's Eleven Hundred is poised to offer; an upgrade from a framing hammer to the sledgehammer! In a broader sense they are allowing a more modest transition into a larger computing platform. This move opens up more options and a wider range of possible configurations. Just check out the features listed below to get an idea of the versatility offered. Read on to see how these features actually perform and for our rating of Antec's Eleven Hundred.



 

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# RE: Antec Eleven Hundred Computer CaseChris 2011-11-22 07:29
Awesome review! Finally, an acceptable successor to the original Antec 800.
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# More work neededRobert Johnson 2011-11-22 08:41
It has 9 slots but some things are not designed well. The position of the fan controller is not correct. Fan controllers should always be in the front. The top is poorly designed because lots of people like to mount a large rad on top. There should have been two 120mm fans or two 140mm fans and holes for both. The HD drive bays should be removable. The price could be a bit lower.
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# RE: More work neededDan Ferguson 2011-11-22 09:59
Thanks Robert, the point about mounting a top-radiator is something I didn't mention. This entire series makes it difficult to use a radiator due to the top panel configuration. The Twelve Hundred had lots of room up top, but the Eleven Hundred uses all the extra room for the motherboard. It's hard to get PSU + XL-ATX + top radiator in 20".
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# RE: Antec Eleven Hundred Computer CaseJackNaylorPE 2011-11-24 07:21
I'm gonna guess no by the pictures, but I assume this won't take the CP-850 PSU.
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# RE: RE: Antec Eleven Hundred Computer CaseDan Ferguson 2011-11-24 09:44
It won't fit the larger PSU. Even if you bend in the tab that supports the top of the PSU, you'll run into the PCI slots.
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