Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case Review

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Antec has just released a new series of cases called Dark Fleet, comprised of three models, DF-30, DF-35 and DF-85. While the first two are mid-tower units, DF-85 is a high-end full-tower case.

The Dark Fleet DF-85 comes with a total of seven fans, all of them with speed controllers, and a place for you to install a 120 mm fan on its left-side panel, featuring two silicone spacers for reducing the vibration and therefore noise produced by this fan. The left-side panel has two transparent windows.

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 caseFigure 1: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 case

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 caseFigure 2: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 case

The front panel of the Dark Fleet DF-85 can be seen in Figure 3. This case has three external 5.25” bays featuring decorative tabs (see Figure 4). These tabs make the case look nice, but you will need to open them every time you need to access peripherals installed in the 5.25” bays, like your optical drive. Ejecting your optical drive tray won’t open the tab in front of it, so we have mixed feelings about this feature. We understand that it makes the case look nicer, but it can be really frustrating to have to move the tab every time you want to insert a CD or DVD.

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 caseFigure 3: Front panel

Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 caseFigure 4: Decorative tabs found in front of the 5.25” bays

Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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