Inside the Dark Avenger DA601 Continued
The rear area we now get a look at the preinstalled fan for exhaust. The 120mm basic case fan is a 3-pin DC fan. It will not have the same ramping capabilities as a 4-pin PWM fan as the 3-pin DC fans use a variable voltage to adjust speed. PWM counterparts have a 4th pin which allows the fan to be full 12V DC at all times and the controller uses the PWM signal to ramp the fan. The seven expansion slots are accessible via external screws to give a slight amount more of internal chassis space. One thing worth noting is that the DA601 has some notable area above the motherboard I/O cutout. Which means it will likely have better compatibility with top-mounted AIO's or liquid cooling than we experienced with some other cases in this range recently.
The rear cable management area is rather cleanly laid out right out of the box. The cabling from the front panel RGB and the front I/O makes a direct line down the pass-through hole set which is closest to the motherboard mounting. I feel like a set of tie-down loops in between the pass-through holes would be a great addition to the DA601 as that would allow bundling of cables out of sight of the pass-through holes entirely. However, we still have a capable space to run your system cabling with a bit more mess than usual due to the included ARGB elements and the integrated fan and RGB hub.
We see the two vertical removable 2.5" sleds for SSD's on the motherboard tray with two more dedicated mounting points toward the front panel area as listed by Antec. There are three mounting areas I see here, and I'm not sure why Antec only lists it as being capable of two drives mounting here when in reality you can fit three up this left most portion. I can venture a guess that this is since there is a standoff hole here in the middle of where the SSD could mount, but I am betting you could shave the burrs down here and pull off three SSD's if you felt so compelled and had the need.
Here we take a closer look at the RGB and fan hub in the rear cable management area of the DA601. As you can see, we have four total PWM capable ports for fans and four total 3-pin ARGB headers with only one open. This is due to the two needed for the front panel and the third heading to the preinstalled Prizm fan upfront.
The 3.5" HDD cages are next, and I like how Antec went through the trouble to put rubber mounting legs on these to help address potential noise and vibration issues. Each of these trays can also be used for 2.5" drives if you do not have any large mechanical drives that need a home. Otherwise, this entire cage can be removed with the release of eight screws.
The PSU sits behind the 3.5" cage we were looking at. As you can see, the PSU has some room but removing the cage if not needed would give you a virtually limitless PSU mounting space and ability to hide cables. The PSU area has rubberized foam pads where the PSU rests, and a large ventilation area which has a removable filter which is externally accessible.
The cables for the I/O and controller come up next, and they are listed below (left to right):
- Reset Switch
- SATA Power (For Fan/RGB Hub)
- 3-pin ARGB header (For RGB/Fan Hub)
- 4-Pin PWM header (Syncs motherboard PWM to the fan/RGB hub)
- Power Switch and Power LED header
- HD Audio header
- 20-pin USB 3.2 Gen 1 header (Front Type-A ports)