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.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [The Antec Dark Fleet-85 Full Tower Case]
- Page 4 [Inside the Antec Dark Fleet Full Tower Case]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Intel Core i3-8350K perf: competes with Core i7-7700K
- Galaxy Note8 will be $425 cheaper if you had the Note7
- Skyrim is awkward to play on PSVR
- HP posts earnings growth for fourth straight quarter
- Final Fantasy XV on PC to get mod support
- Lenovo Legion Y720 (Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop Review
- Killer Networking - Killer control center new version (Z97X Gaming 5)
- GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7 TR4 Motherboard Review
- Linksys WRT32x AC3200 Wireless Gaming Router Review
- Massive drop in temps by lowering "VCCPLL OC" in BIOS: Is the reported temperature correct?
- Micron appoints Anand Jayapalan as Storage Business Unit Vice President
- Bluehole, Inc and Microsoft announce expanded partnership for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
- Optimize system performance with new drive adapter
- Lian Li reveals new PC-Q39 tempered glass Mini-ITX tower
- Longsys' world-first 11.5x13mm NVMe BGA SSD drives new mobile user experience