Summary: The Twelve Hundred takes all the qualities of the Nine Hundred Two to a whole new level. The extra height brings several advantages: more room to breathe for all the components, the option for two extra fans, an extra drive cage, more holes for routing cables behind the motherboard tray, and ability to pair it with the Antec CP-850 , one of the quietest and coolest high-end desktop power supplies around.
Pros: Excellent cooling, Solid construction/design, Versatile drive placement, Good cable management, 6 fans with controllers included, Support for Antec CP-850 PSU
Cons: Undamped hard drive mounting, No bottom power supply vent, Huge
Excerpt: So, does the Twelve Hundred live up to all the hype? Is it, as Antec touts, the “Unbeatable Gaming Case?” If cooling and configuration options are the benchmarks we're looking at, it just may be. With six case fans included (five 120's and a massive 200mm top fan) and a distinctive look incorporating a chevron side window, uniform black finish inside and out and the mesh front, the Twelve Hundred brings a lot to the table in both performance and aesthetics.
Conclusion: We have been using the Antec Twelve Hundred over an extended period of time now and our impressions are very positive. The build quality is top notch, everything is manufactured to the highest standards and the fact that Antec has added a e-sata port to the front adds to the versatility of the chassis.The cooling potential is very impressive as you can see from our test results on the last page, and I am positive it will be a great option for the hardcore overclocker out...
Conclusion: The Antec Twelve Hundred full tower case is, with no doubt, a gamer’s case. Though its emphasis in its current configuration is an air cooled case, it has been designed with an eye towards moving to a water cooled setup with ease. It has pre-cut holes to accommodate water cooling hoses from an external water cooled unit, a platform inside to hold either a reservoir or a pump, and an optional radiator is available that sits right below the 200mm top mounted fan.
Excerpt: Last week, we saw Antec attempting to reinvent the wheel by introducing a new power supply form factor called CPX. This week, we'll continue our look at this new form factor by examining in detail one of the few cases on the market to support it, the Twelve Hundred.
Conclusion: When I received the case it didn't take me long, I had to remove it from its shipping container. The box art for the Twelve Hundred simply blew me away. I love Antec's approach to retail box art, the smart companies know there is a psychological aspect to buying and they hit the nail on the head. You simply cannot walk past this package without looking at it. The all black box with just enough light cast on the 1200 screams "Look at me!
Pros: Attractive looks, Great cooling, Very strong construction, Ample cable management, Size: nice spacious interior
Cons: Weight, Inconvenient HDD caddy removal, lack of options for bottom fan PSUs, Size: It's just huge!
Summary: We have been using the Antec Twelve Hundred over an extended period of time now and our impressions are very positive. The build quality is top notch, everything is manufactured to the highest standards and the fact that Antec has added a e-sata port to the front adds to the versatility of the chassis.
Excerpt: At first glance at a distance the Twelve Hundred looks a lot like the Nine Hundred we looked at last year. They are quite similar, but also quite different. This time around Antec fixed things that most didn’t like on the Nine Hundred, as evolution dictates. Antec managed to keep the styling that everyone seemed to like and made the Nine Hundred one of the best selling cases. Now it’s the Twelve Hundred’s turn to take the spot light.
Summary: Antec Twelve Hundred is a full tower case targeted to high-end gamers that want a good quality case full of features but don’t want to pay for an aluminum product. Here is a summary of what we found about this case.
In summary, this is a terrific case for users that want a high-end gaming case but don’t want to give an arm to buy a very high-end all-aluminum model.