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. Seven included fans, yes seven - all individually adjustable, plenty of hot swap bays and easy assembly are just some of the cool things.
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 inside, Can fit long PSUs, Loads of space for the biggest and longest graphic cards, Lots of room for large CPU coolers, Front hard drive doors can be locked shut, USB 3.0 includ...
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. The DF-85 stands 23.5 inches high by 20 inches deep by 8.4 inches wide, and is constructed of matte-black painted steel.
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 compatibility, you get what you pay for.
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. Front panel includes USB 3.0 port.
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 created. What we get is some of Antec’s impressive quality and sprinkled with innovative functionality along with some futuristic creativity.
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. The styling may not be to everyone’s taste but the cable management, strength, cooling and noise output of this case are all rather impressive. It’s roomy, and provides almost everything you’d want in a case.
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 airflow og så videre. Kabinettet har dog også sine fejl, så som den dårlige placering af ssd hot-swap systemet i toppen.
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. Από ποιοτικά, καθαρά κουτιά για επαγγελματική χρήση, μέχρι κουτιά ειδικά για χρήσεις όπου ο θόρυβος είναι πολυτέλεια.