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Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower Chassis

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 18, 2010 2:30 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Antec

Inside the Antec Dark Fleet Full Tower Case




With the door out of the way, we see the black interior of the DF-85. Again, the resemblance to a 1200 is uncanny. A couple noticeable changes are the two hot swap components hanging off the drive rails and the two 140mm fan up top. When the fans are removed, this area will easily allow a dual radiator to be installed.




Three optical 5.25" bays are found at the top with room for up to nine 3.5" drives. The two sets of hot swappable brackets can be removed entirely or placed behind any of the drive bays by using the extra holes provided in the back of the rails. Left of the bays are rather large holes in the motherboard tray for wire management.




The hot swappable devices are pretty simply constructed. Two PCBs with the appropriate ends are screwed into a large plastic frame to get the correct spacing. While there are no included wires for these modules, they are still easy to connect using parts included with most power supplies and motherboards.




The rear of the chassis is well ventilated. With four fans at back of the chassis, heat stands very little chance of staying inside the DF-85. The left side of the motherboard tray has a large CPU access hole and two holes above for wire management. The one above the CPU hole is made for the 8-pin wire to get to the top of the motherboard, while the hole at the very top will allow the fan wiring to be routed cleanly behind the tray.




There is a ton of wiring in the DF-85. All of the USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and audio cables as well as the 2.5" drive SATA connections are sheathed in black. The power cable for the 2.5" drive as well as the power, reset, HDD LED, and power LED wires are all left as colored wiring. The wiring is long enough to reach almost anywhere; let's just hope his allows for a cleaner build than my 900.




Behind the tray, two wire retaining straps are already installed. The left side of the bay area is offset pretty well to allow for quite a bit of extra cabling to be hidden there. Something else that jumped right out to me was that unlike my 900, the DF-85 has quite a bit of room between the tray and the door panel.


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