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
Excerpt: We dinged September’s Antec Sonata Proto for being feature-poor. Can’t say the same of the flagship of Antec’s Dark Fleet line, the DF-85. This full-tower chassis looks great, is packed with fans, and includes luxury extras that wouldn’t be out of place in a case twice the price.
Pros: Packed with two- and three-speed fans; front SATA and USB 3.0; roomy; cable management.
Cons: No EATX support; no room for a triple radiator; narrow; top paint looks cheap.
Conclusion: The highest-end case in Antec's new Dark Forces series, the DF-85 is loaded with features that will appeal to the hardest-core gamers and most enthusiastic enthusiasts. The case is a bit on the pricey side, but with so much room to work, support for hot swapping five drives, and USB 3.0...
Pros: Lots of space, both horizontally (for extra-long video cards and optical drives) and vertical (for working at the extreme edges of motherboards). Provides options for hot-swapping up to five drives. Doors protecting drive bays are lockable. Intake fan filters are much easier to remove than before...
Cons: Expensive. USB 3.0 port requires running an inconvenient cable through the system and out the back.
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
Cons: No tooless drive bays, Top 5.25" drive bay doors a tad flimsy
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
Excerpt: 2 Flares 2 Flares × KitGuru has reviewed a range of budget cases since we opened but today we decided to move up into a higher price bracket by taking a look at the Antec Dark Fleet DF 85 Full Tower case.
Conclusion: Antec har igen opdateret sin kabinetserie med et kabinet som har et rigtigt stort potentiale. Har man først købt Antec Dark Fleet DF-85, så åbner der sig en masse muligheder. Hot-swap systemer, nem montering grundet kabinettets størrelse, mulighed for nem opgradering til vandkøling, ekstremt godt...
Excerpt: Antec. Μια εταιρεία που έχει συνδυάσει το όνομα της με πολλά ποιοτικά προϊόντα, πολλά από τα οποία είχατε την ευκαιρία να δείτε σε κάποια παρουσίαση στο TheLab.gr. Ένας από τους τομείς που διέπει η Antec, είναι και οι θήκες υπολογιστών, με προτάσεις που καλύπτουν όλη την γκάμα.