Inside the Dark Avenger DA601
The front panel pulled off with a distinct strong pull as the DA601 uses standard plastic clip retention, and a firm pull will release it. This does not mean that the front panel comes off easily; it merely means it's not so tricky that you would worry about breaking it. Here we also see the magnetic filter in place while the chassis has guide lips in a place like a cheaper slide-in filter would use. If you try to fit it into these slots, it does not fully seat and will bow outwards, so you are best advised to stick it on via the magnet to get a better seal. Here you can also see the ARGB Prizm fan from Antec. This is noted because the fan is center-mounted as that is the only way Antec can pull off the ring aesthetic through the center opening. You cannot see the lit fan in any other position. Lastly, we see the cables for the front panel lighting, which mean the front panel is indeed tethered to the chassis and not free to remove at least not entirely without pulling those cables.
Here we see the vast opening of the DA601 and its preinstalled standoffs. The standoffs appear to be fitted for FlexATX, but the mounting holes for more standoffs are in place for full ATX and even appear to have holes further over. These hint at the chassis possibly being somewhat capable of handling a larger board than specified but we will avoid diving too deeply into this. As Antec does not claim it as compatible and we do not want to state something that may have been a trial which did not work out. Out of the box with the installation of a few more standoffs, you have plenty of room to fit non-EEB EATX. The room we see is plentiful for installing most anything we would install. But there is one thing to note, and that is the omission of grommets on the cable management holes. The lack of cable management holes means that more of your cabling will be potentially visible unless you are particularly astute with your wiring management.
The front area we now get an inside look at the mounting. The first thing to note is that there is a cutout running through the PSU shroud. This is to allow a radiator and fans to be mounted. However, space even if installing the fan in front of the chassis frame will likely be limited to thinner radiators. This is pretty much expected at the price point, but it is worth noting to understand the full capabilities of the chassis. The adjacent section is the cable management holes which run parallel to the front panel.
Here we see the top fan and radiator mounting locations. With the magnetic filter removed, we get a full view of the mounting capabilities. Having fully slotted mounting is excellent as it allows flexibility to your mounting choices. You can mount your cooling components to best match your placement or airflow needs.
The PSU shroud of the DA601 is full length with the top of the front cut out a little bit to fit front mount cooling. The other openings are the two at the motherboards mounting lower edge. The pass-through holes at the boards' edge are primarily for the front panel cables but can also be used to pass GPU cables for a cleaner build if it fits your style needs. The element that stands out the most to me is the opening or window in the PSU shroud, which allows viewing of the installed PSU. This is going to be awesome for PSUs with an excellent aesthetic while it could be a detriment for those who have a plain jane PSU. The advantages I see here is that some manufacturers are starting to integrate styling into their PSUs. Features from LED lighting, custom label designs to even power meters which generally would be covered by the PSU shroud.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST