February 15th, 2011

Antec DF-85

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Review

Introduction

In the world of high end cases there are ones aimed at aesthetics centric gamers and there are ones built for feature hungry enthusiasts. However occasionally a company comes along that seems to mix the two up, one such firm is Antec. Today we’re taking a look at a model from their Dark Fleet series, the DF-85 which has a tonne of fans, an SSD dock and gamer front panel stylings. Will it please both camps, just one or neither? Let’s see.

Features

  • Three Fleet-Release™ access doors open separately for convenient entry to drives
  • Three washable fan filters allow for easy cleaning
  • Top 2.5″ hot-swap SATA (SSD-compatible) drive bay
  • Bottom-mounted power supply isolates heat
    – Mounts either a standard size power supply or an Antec exclusive CP Series power supply
  • Lockable access doors ensure security
  • CPU cutout allows for easy installation of CPU coolers
  • 14 drive bays:
    – Up to 9 x internal 3.5″
    – 3 x external 5.25″
    – 4 x internal 3.5″ Fleet-Swap™ drives (position changeable)
    – 1 x external top 2.5″ hot-swap SATA drive bay
    – 1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5″ SSD drive
  • Advanced cooling system:
    – 2 x top 140mm TwoCool™ fans
    – 2 x rear 120mm TwoCool™ red LED fans
    – 3 x front 120mm red LED fans with speed control knobs
    – 1 x side 120mm fan to cool graphics cards (optional)
    – Water cooling capable
  • 7 expansion slots to support multiple graphics cards
  • Maximum graphics card size: 12.5″ / 318 mm
  • Cable management ties help keep your case tidier
  • Stylish blacked-out interior
  • Windowed side panel
  • Front ports:
    – 1 x USB 3.0
    – 3 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
    – 596mm (H) x 213mm (W) x 505mm (D)
    – 23.5″ (H) x 8.4″ (W) x 19.9″ (D)
  • Package Dimension
    – 577mm (H) x 288mm (W) x 510mm (D)
    – 22.7″ (H) x 11.3″ (W) x 20.1″ (D)
  • Weight
    – Net : 11.0 kg / 24.2 lbs
    – Gross : 11.3kg / 26.3 lbs

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