If you ask me and if you are still with me this far into the review, you are asking me, I found the Eleven Hundred to be a bit too minimalistic. That isn't to say that there aren't some cool features like tool-less drive bays, plenty of management holes, a huge CPU cooler access hole and the chassis is great to look at and really strong. What I have issue with is that for around $100 I can get much better equipped cases with similar options, that actually paid finer attention to the details than I found in the Eleven Hundred.
I mean, seriously, the wires are still this short? That is one of the reasons I had to hack up my 900 was to hide the wiring that needs just a couple of inches, maybe three just to be on the safe side of not causing buyer to cringe as they realize how they "have" to run the wiring and it isn't likely the way you wanted it.
That isn't to say there isn't a bright side to the Eleven Hundred, there really is. First off, for a case I can get for just under one hundred dollars, I will say this chassis is one of the strongest. Even with the panels off the case, I was hard pressed to be able to flex this frame at all. There is a sufficient amount of optional fan holes to keep buyers interested. Since the Eleven Hundred comes with only the 120mm in the back and the blue LED 200mm fan in the top, it is up to you to populate the two in the front, the two that can clip onto the inside of the hard drive cages, the two in the window to cool the video cards or even one to cool behind the motherboard tray. While it is going to cost an average of $5-10 a fan to fill said holes, you can completely customize the fans for flow, LEDs or you don't think a gaming rig should be quieter than a jet engine. Speaking of the fans, once I powered the chassis and has full power to them, they are very audible. Up close the levels were in the 50 dB range and it was audible even at much longer distances.
Personally this isn't the chassis I would build in and really for only two reasons. I don't have video card cooling issues so the break in the window is not something I want, nor do I want the option later on, so I would have preferred a solid window. The second reason is that if I were to customize the cooling, I would have to take out the fans in there and end up having to buy somewhere in the range of nine fans that are much more silent and those don't come cheap. That would take a case that I got delivered for just under $100 if I shopped right and double the price tag. The chassis is designed well and as I said, it does have a lot going for it and I even think they finally got the aesthetics down really well, outside of the window.
There are just too many little things that are building up along the way that are going to affect the score. Even as rash as all that sounds, I do really like the Eleven Hundred - it just doesn't hit that "Oooo, must have" button for me.
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