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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
Conclusion: The Antec 900 was an amazing case, they only improved on it when they designed the Twelve Hundred. I don’t think you could ask for a better case for air cooling, atleast short of an open air case (and they are coming out with that very soon).
Conclusion: I'm not that fond of plastic when used in computer cases, but Antec was careful to only use it where it was needed. However, the top portion of the case is nearly all plastic and it does take away from that heavy duty Antec quality I've come to love.
Conclusion: The Antec 1200 has been a long time coming. That could have been a problem, as it's given the competition time to produce cases to challenge it in the middle-money market of around £120. However, that sector has been surprisingly quiet.
Conclusion: I like the Twelve Hundred, it’s a serious contender for my gaming rig replacement case. However, if you’re buying this outright, you need to shop around because at £180 it’s not worth the price.
Pros: Looks professional while maintaing some cool styling, Fantastic cooling, quiet and powerful, USB 3.0, SSD mount, Great cable management
Cons: I’ve been informed by several Twelve Hundred Owners that the case does now include dust filters on the front and side panels. This is a good improvement., Bit pricey, No dust filters, No PSU air intake