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Antec Eleven Hundred Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 30, 2012 4:56 pm
TweakTown Rating: 80%Manufacturer: Antec

Inside the Antec Eleven Hundred




With both side panels off the chassis you can see the hardware box shipped inside of the hard drive bays, the moisture absorbing paper and you can't see the wires. That is because they are neatly tied up on the optical drive bays.




The three optical bays are shifted down a bit to leave room for the front I/O panel and wiring. Each of the three bays has a tool-less clip on it to allow you to just slide the drive in until it locks to secure it. If you plan to travel this case, there are screw holes on the opposite side for really secure mounting.




The hard drive bays start at the top offering two bays for 2.5" drives. These just slide into the rack and can be secured with a screw, but are not needed. As for the six 3.5" bays below, they use a rail that you add to each side of the drive and then you slide in the assembly until the tabs lock into place.




In the roof of the chassis is this 200mm fan. The black frame and blades blend into the chassis, but once powered, the glow of blue LEDs from this fan make it much more noticeable.




This motherboard tray has plenty of wire management options and places to tie up loose wires. It also offers either the second or third largest CPU cooler access hole I have seen. On top of that, you can even fit an XL-ATX motherboard inside of the Eleven Hundred.




In the back you find the 120mm black exhaust fan above the nine expansion slots and covers that are held in with plastic covered thumb screws. The mesh area next to them offers a pair of pass-through holes for tubing if you do plan to water cool with this chassis.




The wiring is nice and black on the USB and Audio cables. The front panel wires however are a rainbow of colors and won't hide as easy against the black interior. All of the wiring in my opinion is too short for the chassis, as it barely makes it to the connection points in a clean manner.




With the right panel out of the way you can see how well the layout of tie points and management holes are placed, along with the fact that the inset of the tray is really deep and there is a bump in the door, so hiding wires here won't be an issue.




When I said there is a lot of room here, I meant it. As you can see there is over an inch from the tray to the edge of the chassis. That combined with the near half an inch with the bump on the panel, there is 1.5" of room to place a fan and hide all the wires you don't want to look at through the window.

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