Case Build & Finished Product
Our view through the front of the chassis is still at the three RGB fans, so not much if anything has changed here. With no optical bays, there is nothing to break up the look that Antec intends this chassis to have.
Most would be uncomfortable shoving the AIO in at the top, but we managed to make it work with some force and to make sure all of the wires are out of the way first. Beyond that, the motherboard fit well, the card is nearly level, and we do not see much of the wires except for the leads going to the video card.
The PSU went in as expected, and after breaking out a couple of slot covers, we were able to shoehorn the card in after much effort in trying. We still do not have an exhaust fan in the chassis, but the dust shield snapped into place as it should.
While there is plenty of room to fit groups of wires behind the motherboard tray, the lack of tie points is quickly an issue. With many zip-strips and sticking bits of the wires behind the frame around the edge, we were able to end up with something presentable.
All complete, and back together, we are about ready to add some power and test things out. At this time, the amber tint on the front blocks more view that the tint used in the tempered glass, so even if the PC is off, you can still see your hardware inside.
Once powered, the fan noise reached 33 dB, and in the series of images above, we see three of the seven color options, and there is also breathing mode, pulsating, or single color change that cycles through the color options. You can also use the motherboard RGB software and have the chassis display more colors, and effects, depending on the motherboard used.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Antec Dark Fleet Series DF500 RGB Mid-Tower PC/Gaming Computer Case with GRB Lighting, RGB Fans x 3 Pre-Installed, Tempered Glass Side Panel, 380mm Max Graphics Cards, 6 SSD for ATX, M-ATX and ITX retails for $76.35 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Antec Versatile Gaming Mid Tower, ATX Micro-ATX ITX Computer Case with 7 PCI-E Slots & 6 HD Drive Bays, Included 3x120mm Fan Pre-installed with RGB Lighting retails for £61.97 at Amazon UK.
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- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Antec DF500 RGB Mid-Tower Chassis]
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