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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

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.

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

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.

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

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.

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

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.

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

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.

Antec Eleven Hundred Mid Tower ATX Case

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.



 

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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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