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: 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!
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). The all black design looks amazing, and its great to see they didn’t miss any part of the case when they were painting. The black with blue LED fans continue that theme and do a good job of lighting up the case.
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.
Excerpt: ou will not find a more powerful air-cooled case on the market than Antec’s Twelve Hundred—not unless you strap a box fan to the side of your chassis. That’s what it would take to challenge the cooling prowess of this full-tower enclosure, which features one 20cm fan on top and five 12cm fans placed throughout the interior. These six blue LED fans are attached to individual switches that allow you to tweak the strength (and sound) of each fan to suit your needs.
Pros: More cooling than a wind tunnel, elegant design, USB and eSATA front-panel connectors.
Cons: A tight horizontal fit, drive installations take forever, no screwless mounting.
Summary: Overall, Antec has done a fantastic job with taking their Nine Hundred case and improving on it in the Twelve Hundred. The cooling performance is definitely strong and with the ability to customize fans speeds to suit your needs, you can game on with as little noise as possible. If that's not enough, the case is also pre-plumbed to accept your hard core watercooling system.
The other area where the Antec Twelve Hundred is strong is in the cable management capabilities.
Pros: Timeless good looks for today and tomorrow, Excellent cooling that is customizable to suit your needs, One of the cleanest cases for cable management that I've run across, Interior provides lots of room to work in, Quality construction
Cons: Silent Computing users need not apply, Thumb screws are totally old school. How about some tool free quick release action?