Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Antec is probably one of the few companies in the PC game that do not need an introduction. Anyone who has been around the PC world in the past decade has either used or knows someone who had an Antec nine hundred or twelve hundred. Antec much like Lian Li, which we discussed recently made some fantastic chassis. Then they lost their way along the years moving to several different product offerings such as mobile accessories. Antec over the past couple years has stepped up their PC chassis game again and revived that feeling about the brand that so many of us had a decade or more ago.
Today we have one of the new models from Antec, and it is definitely a gamer-focused chassis. The Dark Avenger DA601 is what we have today, and it has the trifecta of tempered glass, aggressive styling, and RGB. The DA601 is definitely an exciting entrant into the chassis market, and it has some of the makings of a solid competitor in the current market.
Some of the key features as advertised by Antec are as follows. Firstly, of course, will be the large tempered glass main panel, then we have full RGB for the front fan, and the front LED strips which will sync with the included front-mounted ARGB fan. Large cooling fitment spaces at both the front and top of the DA601. The cooling fitment enables front or top-mounted cooling radiators for AIO or open loop cooling. For a small and relatively value-focused chassis, this is quite an excellent fitment capability. The DA601 also includes a fan hub/RGB controller which allows control of up to four Anted ARGB fans.
The Antec DA601 uses its namesake as the model number as well. The size of the chassis is as follows:
- Height: 500mm
- Depth: 480mm
- Width: 220mm
These measurements place the DA601 within the mid-tower category as specified by Antec in their marketing.
Motherboard fitment for the DA601 is stated up to EATX (12" x 11") so not Server EATX but what has been cleverly coined as 'enthusiasts ATX.' Of course, this means that the DA601 can fit mATX and ITX as well. 3.5" and 2.5" drive mounting is listed as two for 3.5" which can also support 2.5". 2.5" is listed as four, but can easily be up to six if you use the 3.5" trays for 2.5" mounting as well. PSU length is limited to 200mm or less which means you can fit most any consumer-available ATX PSU in the DA601. There is an integrated metal PSU shroud which hides most of the PSU and all cable clutter in front of it. The PSU shroud at first look has a window so you can indeed show off your PSU. But if your PSU happens to be unexciting or dull, you may want to mask the PSU as the window cannot be closed off so you will see inside as you will see in the upcoming images later in the review.
Cooling fitment for the DA601 is quite extensive. The front of the DA601 offers up to triple 1230mm fan mounting or a 360mm radiator. The top can mount up to triple 120mm fans or dual 140mm fans. Radiator support up top will be up to 360mm for 120mm based radiators or 280mm for 140mm based radiators. The CPU air cooler height limit is up to 160mm, which means most current top-end air coolers will fit without issue. The chassis comes out of the box equipped with dual fans, an Antec Prizm ARGB 120mm fan on the front for intake and a non-LED 120mm chassis fan in the rear set as exhaust.
The Antec Dark Avenger DA601 is an interesting prospect in regards to pricing as at Newegg it is listed at $84.99, while at Amazon it is listed at $109.99. We will be using the Newegg pricing for comparison here. The Antec DA601 has some rather adept competition at this price point with the MasterBox TD500 from Cooler Master and the Spec Delta from Corsair as tangible options in the similar price range. The price point and competition mean that the Dark Avenger chassis has to prove its mettle in this price range. It has to show it has the goods where it matters to attract your hard-earned dollars.
Shannon's Chassis Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Z390 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair H100i Pro RGB (buy from Amazon)
- Memory: GeIL Super Luce RGB GLS416GB3600C16ADC
- Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming Z (buy from Amazon)
- Storage: SanDisk M.2 256GB
- Power Supply: SilverStone Strider Platinum 1000W (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (buy from Amazon)