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Antec Dark Fleet DF500 RGB Mid-Tower Chassis Review (Page 3)

By Chad Sebring from Aug 31, 2018 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Antec

Antec DF500 RGB Mid-Tower Chassis


The front of the DF500 RGB is chunky in appearance, with a thick outer frame, which with various shapes and angles, surrounds the tinted window that makes up most of the bezel. Air flows in on both sides of the window through gaps at the top and the bottom, and we are also getting our first look at the new Antec logo found at the bottom of the bezel.


The front I/O panel offers everything the specifications have told us was here. The HD Audio jacks start things off at the left, followed by a tiny button for the RGB LED control. In the center is an LED ringed power button, and to the right are the pair of USB 3.0 ports.


At the top of the DF500 RGB, we see a thin metal surround, which runs on all sides of the magnetic dust filter. The filter is made of plastic and has tiny round holes for airflow to pass through, and out of the chassis.


The view from the left shows the bulging shape of the front bezel, while the tempered glass panel covers the entire left side of the chassis, and is held into place with thumbscrews. The only other thing we see is the angled feet at the bottom, on which the glass can rest, so it is less likely to fall off when removing the screws.


Looking at the back of the chassis, the gap at the top is nearly enough room for an AIO to fit, before you run into the rear I/O and rear exhaust openings. The expansion slots are accessed externally and have a slide cover to get cards in and out. At the bottom is the hole for the PSU, and is shifted right of center to allow room to the left to hide wires.


The right side of the chassis has the same potbelly shape we saw on the left, but rather than the use of glass, Antec opts for a steel panel. The panel is held on with thumbscrews and slides towards the back to release tabs, after which the door can be removed.


Under the chassis, we find a dust filter under the PSU, but it is not easily removed, and just in front of it is the slotted area which allows the HDD cage to move. The HDD cage can also be removed if needed. The feet are quite large and placed right at the corners, but the rubber pads are tiny in comparison.

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