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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

Detailed Exterior Features

The IO panel on Antec's Eleven Hundred gaming case is split into two parts. The power and reset switches reside on the top while the ports face forward on the bezel. I like the switches separated from the ports because it prevents accidental presses when plugging or unplugging devices.

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

The Nine Hundred and Twelve Hundred both had the IO panel at an angle that made it awkward to plug and remove devices. Sure, it didn't take long to get adjusted, but it's a non-standard interface. Antec repented and gave us a standard interface that's tried and proven. To sweeten the deal they threw in another USB 3.0 port to give a total of two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. This provides compatibility with any motherboard and prepares the Eleven Hundred for compatibility with future hardware.

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

In addition to nine expansion slots, the back panel of the Eleven Hundred has a fan controller with room for three separate controls. One control is dedicated to the top-fan. It has one spot for an LED on\off switch and one spot for a speed control switch which was merely cosmetic (no switch). The other two controls were empty, to be filled at your pleasure (or displeasure). Even though the controls say "REAR", the rear fan supplied with the case has a three wire power jack and no controls. It seems like they did this much work already, what kept them from following through and providing all the features that were apparently intended?

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

Lots of fans are usually attended by some number of filters. The Eleven Hundred has filters in the front and filters on the bottom. The bottom filters slides in at the bottom and is removable from the left side. I prefer this arrangement over a filter that removes from the back, but I'm waiting for the filter that can be removed from the front. The side and back are often obstructed, but the front of a case is almost always the most accessible. My filter got jammed inside the case after sliding against the desk wall. I had to open the side panel to pry it loose.

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

The front panel can be popped off with a firm tug. It houses three front plates for the 5.25" drives, each with a removable dust filter. Under these is another large, removable filter. This is another departure from the Nine Hundred and Twelve Hundred which both had standard drive covers down the entire face. I like the long mesh panel since it breaks up the repetitive structure of the front panel. Both the front and bottom filters are wire mesh mounted on a rigid plastic.



 

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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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