Antec Dark Avenger DA601 Mid-Tower Chassis
The front of the DA601 is interesting as it harkens to the more aggressive styling of what was commonly referred to as a 'gamer style' case. Here, with the DA601 being empty we can see the front grille where the front fan ingests air. The top and bottom angular panels both carry dual RGB strips that appear opaque white when powered off. There is also an Antec logo on the upper angular front panel adornment. If you look closely to the left-hand edge, we can see the thumbscrews which hold the glass panel on.
The top of the DA601 we have a magnetic fan filter covering slotted openings for versatile top panel cooling mounting. We will dig into this soon when we start to disassemble the DA601. UP front we see the I/O at the top mounting which we will be looking at next.
The front panel I/O is up at the top and thankfully detached from the front panel. This means the front panel can be removed without removal of the front panel cables, or so I thought. Turns out later in the disassembly, we found that the front panel was still indeed tethered to the chassis via the front panel ARGB cables. The front panel connectivity is comprised of the following (left to right):
- LED Switch (Multiple preset modes or sync to the motherboard)
- 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports
- Power button with integrated power status LED
- 2x Headphone & Microphone 3.5mm jacks
- Reset button
The main glass panel we see here, and you will notice it is clear without tint. This is good as it allows full viewing of your system components without the need for lighting to let the components pop out from a main tinted panel. However, there is a caveat to clear glass as; usually, tinting helps hide errant cables and other possible issues when you complete your build. This is not a significant detriment but something to keep in mind as you will want to be mindful of this while managing and routing cables and components.
The rear of the DA601 is rather standard with the motherboard I/O cutout with eth adjacent 120mm fan mounting. This mounting is filled with the preinstalled 120mm standard chassis fan in exhaust orientation. There are seven expansion slots and a standard ATX PSU mount. The expansion slots use a sliding cover which is affixed with two thumbscrews. This cover allows cards to be installed and the externally accessible slot cover screw area to be covered after installation by sliding the cover shut.
The cable management side of the DA601 is covered by a steel panel which is base chassis colored and allows you to hide your cable management within it. We can also see the aggressive outwardly pointed top and bottom panels on the front fascia panel.
The bottom of the DA601 is solid steel and has large rectangular plastic feet in place. The feet meet at the level of the front panel to ensure a smooth flowing and finished appearance as they fit together quite flush. The PSU area has ventilation which has a removable rear filter for easy cleaning. The area more forward of the PSU area we see screws in place which can be removed to take out the internal 3.5" drive cage. At the front most section we have the grab handle area used for pulling the front panel off the chassis.