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Antec DF-35

Antec DF 35 Review

Introduction

The colossal company that is Antec has recently released its Dark Fleet range of cases optimised for high performance cooling with a hot-swappable SSD and swish styling throughout. The DF-35, the particular model we are focusing in on today, completes our trio of reviews on the initially released Dark Fleet enclosures. Read on for a closer look, in detail, at the DF-35.

 

Antec on the DF-35

The DF-35 is a unique chassis – massively convenient, but in a swifter, lighter mid-tower size. It starts with the brilliant white LEDs set in variable-speed, knob-controlled Fleet-Release™ 120 mm access door fans. They open to allow rapid access to the DF-35’s 11 total drive bays and two Fleet-Swap™ modular SATA interfaces, in a blacked-out interior with cable routing. Two more SATA bays – one external hot-swappable bay on the front panel for convenience, and another floor-mounted inside for internal SSDs – round out the feature set. With full-tower capability and convenience and swift mid-tower size, the DF-35 is the paradox that performs.

 

Features

  • Two Fleet-Release™ access doors open separately for convenient entry to drives
  • Top-loaded 2.5" hot swap SATA (SSD-compatible) drive bay
  • Two washable fan filters allow for easy cleaning
  • Bottom-mounted power supply isolates heat
  • CPU cut-out for easy installation of CPU coolers
  • Cable management compartment organizes cables discreetly
  • 11 drive bays:
    – Up to 6 x internal 3.5"
    – 3 x external 5.25"
    – 1 x top external 2.5" hot swap SATA drive bay
    – 2 x internal 3.5" Fleet-Swap™ SATA drive bays (position changeable)
    – 1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD bay
  • Advanced cooling system:
    – 1 x top 140mm TwoCool™ fan
    – 1 x rear white 120mm TwoCool™ fans with white LED
    – 2 x front variable-speed 120mm LED fans with white LED
    – 1 x side 120mm fan for graphics cards (optional)
  • 7 expansion slots
  • Maximum graphics card size: 11.5" / 292 mm
  • Stylish blacked-out interior
  • Windowed side panel
  • Front ports:
    – 2 x USB 2.0
    – Audio (AC’97 and HDA compatible) In and Out
  • Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
  • Power supply not included
  • Unit Dimension
    – 485mm (H) x 198mm (W) x 486mm (D)
    – 19.1" (H) x 7.8" (W) x 19.1" (D)
  • Package Dimension
    – 577mm (H) x 288mm (W) x 510mm (D)
    – 22.7" (H) x 11.3" (W) x 20.1" (D)
  • Weight
    – Net : 15.1 lb / 6.9 kg
    – Gross : 17.0 lb / 7.7 kg