|Antec Eleven Hundred Computer Case|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cases|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Tuesday, 22 November 2011|
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Closer Look: Interior
The inside of the Antec Eleven Hundred feels huge. It's got a very durable coating and solid construction. The framework is all metal with double-rivets at almost every joint.
The drive cage is bounded by a metal beam that runs from top to bottom, the left side of the cage is plastic and the right side is metal. The drive cages houses 5.25" bays, two 2.5" rails, and six 3.5" rails. The space at the top of the case looks under-utilized containing only the top-fan, the fan power hub (mounted on the inside rear), and the IO cabling. While probably not necessary, Antec probably could have squeezed another 3.5" drive bay, or at least another 2.5 rail! I'd rather that they shortened the case by a tad.
With the front panel removed we see space for two 120 mm fans, which are not included. We also see here, as in the previous photo, that the 3.5" drives are mounted sideways. It seems like this configuration should have allowed the case to be less deep. Rather than shorten, skinny or shallow out the case Antec opted to keep the case compatible with XL-ATX motherboards and allow plenty of room for cabling.
And there is PLENTY of room for cabling. The extra space allows four large, grommeted cable holes, and two smaller auxiliary holes. The space between the motherboard tray and the right panel is 36 mm where the panel is bulged, and 30 mm otherwise. Along the main cabling routes there are five tie-down anchors that are truly useful. There's also a huge cutout in the motherboard tray. Combined with a fan on the right panel there is potential for better cooling. But just to see what benefit might be obtained I measured the temps on the motherboard. It was 37°C on most of the motherboard, but 40°C directly under the processor. Since the overall motherboard temp was fairly consistent this tells me that the temp is governed by the case temp. You'll get more bang for your buck by getting higher flow through the main cavity than by trying to spot cool the back. I would rather see another bottom fan mount in front of the PSU.
One of the most exciting features of the Eleven Hundred are the potential for an XL-ATX case along with nine expansion slots. The PCI slots all have thumb-screws compatible with normal screws should you desire. The extra width on the case provides plenty of room above the PCI cards for water cooling hardware as well as extra large CPU or other coolers. Also on the backside interior of the case is a "centralized" power hub for all the fans.
As metnioned before, the hard drive cage faces sideways. Unlike the Nine Hundred and Twelve Hundred cases, the smaller drives in the Eleven hundred face sideways. The top of the bay mounts two 2.5" drives without the need for any hardware but a screw. The rest of the drives all slide on rails, and by default are cabled from behind.
Next we'll get slightly more intimate with the inside of the Eleven Hundred including a simple build.