Summary: The entire Darkfleet series from Antec looks very interesting. You will either love or hate the extraordinary design and that is probably the only question you have to ask yourself because the feature set is excellent.
Pros: Very good price for the feature set, Interesting industrial look, 4x 3.5 hot-swap bays, 1x external 2.5 inch bay, Seven fans included, All fans can be controlled manually and seperately, Loads of space inside the chassis, Screw-less hard drive installation, Single, rubber mounted 2.5 inch bay ins...
Cons: Cable management possible, but no good way to hide them, No additional hot swap brackets to buy as accessories, Not the quietest case out there with fans on full throttle, No CPU power expansion cable, Weird implementation to route the USB cable out the back, Plastic feels ok, but could be better
Antec DF-85 Dark Fleet Series Full Tower ATX Enclosure Review
17 August 2010
Summary: What separates a case from the rest of the pack is by doing more than just including a few bezel lights, mesh grills, or changing the placement of the front panel ports. It helps to start with some shock and awe and in a sense Antec has done that because the DF-85 is so unlike any other case they've...
Pros: Daring design for Antec designers, Fleet Swap (hot swappable) hard drive bays, Fleet Release drive bay doors w/ removable filters, Controllable fans, Excellent cable management, CPU cooler cut out, and USB 3.0 port
Cons: No tooless drive bays, Top 5.25" drive bay doors a tad flimsy
Conclusion: The Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 is available to purchase from eBuyer for £139.98. At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles. If any company representatives for the products reviewed choose to respond, we'll publish their commentary here verbatim.
Conclusion: As we had an Antec Twelve Hundred to hand, we couldn't help but instigate a mini clash of the titans with the Dark Fleet DF-85 going head to head with our trusty old favourite. The two roof-mounted 140mm fans are clearly doing just as good a job as the 200mm Big Boy fan in the Twelve Hundred and the...
Conclusion: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the, Antec DF-85, a rating out of 10, a high score does not necessarily mean that it is better than a...
Pros: +, Seven fans pre-installed, Two 2.5" HDD/SSD options, Nice appearance, Fairly priced, Support for nine 3.5" HDD's, One external and four internal Hot-Swap interfaces, Intake fans have individual filters, All fans have speed control as standard, well constructed, Full height side window +, Fleet-...
Cons: No support for quad GPU setup, No XL, ULTRA or E-ATX support, Space inside is wasted, Front fans are too loud at full speed, PSU mount is undesirable (unless you use CP series PSU)
Summary: The Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case is a bold new styling for Antec, but it has the same excellent build quality and lots of excellent features. One feature that's unique is the top hot-swappable 2.5" drive bay.
Conclusion: While we don’t review cases from Antec that often, they do tend to come up winners; if a little expensive. The DF-85 follows in this trend with a nigh complete feature set without any real problems.
Pros: Good mix of gamer and enthusiast styling, Great cable management, Quiet, extensive cooling, Strong construction, feature filled