Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case Unboxing Video

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The Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case is a bold new styling for Antec, but it has the same excellent build quality and lots of excellent features. One feature that's unique is the top hot-swappable 2.5" drive bay. This case comes with 14 drive bays, 7 large fans and all have speed controllers, hole of the motherboard tray for the coolers retention plate, cable manage holes and more. If you're in the market for an excellent full tower case, keep this one in mind.

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3GM Rating: Kickass
Category: Cases
Sponsored by: Antec

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KoutaFG
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I'm getting this case on the first,

hey, how does the fans in the front connect to the controller, 3 pin or molox or maybe something else, my current case did something like this case did with the front fans but the fans in my current case plugs into what it mounts into, then that mounts into the case through actual metal pins, not pins in a plug but actual pins into metal sleeves, when you install the fan mounts into the case, and the fan mounts, where you plug the fan in, does not take the normal molox or 3 pin plug, no it takes some odd 7 pin plug, that I couldn't find anywhere but from the case's manufacture, so yeah... I ended up not being able to use the built in fan controller when I needed to replace the fans and 3 died at the same time so yeah, I really regret getting my current case....

So now after dealing with my current case for so long, I'm starting a new build.

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cable management

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cable management

Anonymous

What connectors do the fans use?

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Should i get this or the Cooler Master HAF X Case?
I can get either for about 50% off, thanks!

Anonymous

get the haf x, this case is horrible, plasticky, and cheap

Anonymous

Too much talk about the useless 2.5" dock. Also terrible lighting use in the review, the shadows prevents to see the case details.

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i would totally buy this but because the fan speeds are only from low to high and there is no mid

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Awesome review.  The hot swappable drives are key.  I bought a Thermaltake Element G a few months ago, but the its cooling is not cutting it in the current summer heat.  I'm going  to buy this case to meet my  demanding cooling needs. Thanks again for a great review.

ALX

Anonymous

i wana comment on the youtube vid, not here dammit! dont make me use caps...

Anonymous

better review, more in depth ^^

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There's no air intake (vents) for the PSU.  They should have cut some, but this can be moded.  Also the clear 2.5 drive cover can be painted.  Encrypt the drive and they won't get your data. 

Are there any MOBOs out that have USB3 headers on them?  Or a USB3 port so you don't have to run the cable to the back and outside the case and plug into the I/O area?  Not the fault of the case, but when they make USB3 headers you still need to run the cable to the back. 

Has plenty of cable management holes, that's a plus.  And all black.  But no filter for the side fan.

Anonymous

Perfect for those GTX480 SLI setups :P

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Tbh, this shouldn't have even gotten a Kick-ass rating, let alone a 100%.

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Please delete this, I didn't mean to double post.

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Antec plans to get away with this? It's almost the same as Twelve Hundred. Changing the colour of fans and the front bezel doesn't make a new case. Ok, 2.5" hot swap bay is cool, as is the number of USB ports, but a high-end case like this should be able to house a HD 5970, yet DF-85 doesn't look like it's capable of that. I think Antec is getting lazy.

Forgot one thing that isn't about DF-85. I think that those DF-30 and 35 are just black Six Hundred's. Come on, Antec :>

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Izliecies wrote:

Antec plans to get away with this? It's almost the same as Twelve Hundred. Changing the colour of fans and the front bezel doesn't make a new case. Ok, 2.5" hot swap bay is cool, as is the number of USB ports, but a high-end case like this should be able to house a HD 5970, yet DF-85 doesn't look like it's capable of that. I think Antec is getting lazy.

Forgot one thing that isn't about DF-85. I think that those DF-30 and 35 are just black Six Hundred's. Come on, Antec :>


its basically the same price as the 1200

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I can see how the clear top for the 2.5 bay could be annoying, but it's also useful considering you're able to see if all of the connectors are making contact.

Mac OS X or Windows you ask? I SAY BOTH!

Anonymous

Mac os is faster but most programs support Windows, personally I would get Windows but you could get both!

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that thing is wicked!!

Anonymous

I noticed you said it would fit FULL LENGTH video cards. It said 11". Isnt the HD5970 13 1/2 inches long?

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The card can into the area were the harddrive is put into.

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He might have meant up to the 5870. It said 12 inches in the video. The 5970 (the last I checked) is 12.5 inches long. You need the extra half inch or so to let the cables run. Although I'm sure you could move something in the front to fit it perfectly.

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This case is not worth it...

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Anonymous wrote:If you put anymore ads on your site im gonna become claustrophobic and throw up.

Those ads are needed to pay the bills. You can always use an ad blocker if it bothers you so much.

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Anonymous

Another minor problen... it seems that the usb 3.0 and the 2 right usb 2.0 ports will be somewhat blocked when a drive is installed in the 2.5" port.

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True, when a 2.5" drive is mounted in the top hot-swappable drive bay it will make using some USB ports an issue.

Anonymous

Anonymous wrote:Another minor problen... it seems that the usb 3.0 and the 2 right usb 2.0 ports will be somewhat blocked when a drive is installed in the 2.5" port.

???

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Okay this is what I don't get: most people who use a 2.5" drive to carry all their files probably aren't carrying around a bare drive. They probably have it in a 2.5" USB enclosure so they can access their data on any computer. They aren't going to remove their 2.5" HDD/SSD from its enclosure just so they can use the special 2.5" hot swap bay on their DF85. Like the only time you would use it is for temporary data transfer like mirroring a drive or something, in which case why didn't they just make it a 3.5" so you could use it with any HDD (like the CM 690 II Advanced)? Also they should have cut a hole for the PSU fan. Most power supplies are configured to be used with the fan facing down but in this case you would have to have it facing up. Not only would the sticker be upside down but the cables would be coming out of the PSU on the wrong side which would make cable management more difficult. Of course its an easy fix with a rotary tool but Antec should have done it originally.

Anonymous

As with the rest of their cases, I don't like how they put the PSU down the bottom and then provide no filtered hole at the bottom. My PSU wouldn't fit into the Antec 902 upside down because the intake fan grille was in the way, I ended up cutting a hole in the bottom (which isn't easy! I burnt out my power drill cutting it, that's some thick steel!) and adding my own version of dust filter and I used door stops to allow greater airflow underneath. I told antec about the need for a PSU hole, but they shrugged it off saying no PSU would have a problem fitting in upside down...

Anyway, I also think the 2 x 120mm exaust fans at the top should of been a single 200mm big boy fan as they are virtually silent and quite effective.

LEDs should be able to be turned off, sometimes I leave my PC on overnight and being in the same room as bright blue LEDs is very distracting.

If the 200big boy was incorporated, the 2.5 inch drive bay could of been set back further so the drive doesn't overhang the I/O shield as it currently does.

As Rodney mentioned, it requires a lock if you are putting an SSD in it.

With a window that large, there should of been placement for 2 x 120mm fans, and of course, as with all intakes, a dust filter should of been added.

Overall style...It's different, but I don't think it's my cup of tea although I do like how the drive fans just open like that, It's a pain in the ass taking off the sides of my case, unscrewing the drive bays, just to get at the airfilters, as they need cleaning often.

I rate this product 'Needs some work'. Great review as usuall Rodney.

Anonymous

I actually get really pissed off with the 200mm fans (or 180 for that matter) because they take away from my ability to install fans from a different company. So for example I like Noctua, and I'm just one of those people that is intrigued by bearing design and I'm a huge fan of what Noctua has done with the bearing, but I can't install those fans in 200mm holes. It'd be nice if they drilled other holes that would allow me to install whatever fan I want. Just a personal pet peeve.

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I actually get really pissed off with the 200mm fans (or 180 for that matter) because they take away from my ability to install fans from a different company. So for example I like Noctua, and I'm just one of those people that is intrigued by bearing design and I'm a huge fan of what Noctua has done with the bearing, but I can't install those fans in 200mm holes. It'd be nice if they drilled other holes that would allow me to install whatever fan I want. Just a personal pet peeve.

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The PSU's at the bottom have been my biggest upset these last few years. It was an idea taken from the BTX. It fails because these cases have a filter on the bottom of the case that gets forgotten. The filter clogs up and the PSU overheats. When the computer case is on the floor this makes it harder on the PSU to get good airflow and will raise the power requirements converting electric energy. The second flaw is the extra power cables such as the 8-pin needed to supply power to the CPU & Motherboard and they are normally located on top. Most PSU's do not provide a long enough cable to reach and so tricky stuff must be done. You can trace it behind the board, run it along the backside under the cards or buy extension adaptors. This is one case when making it better was actually making it worse. 

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As a proud owner of the Antec 1200, I'm always praising Antec for their case designs, the P series was fantastic as well.

I feel this case has some flaws and just seems rushed without consulting the people that use their cases on a daily basis. Why the 2 fans at the top rather then a big boy 200mm fan like the 1200? It would be quieter with the one fan. Also a lack of filter on the side of the case is a mistake, as mine collects a heap of dust and I clean my fans monthly. You'll be surprised just how much crap it sucks up.

The 2.5" hot swappable drive bay at the top seams like a gimmick to me. They are just too expensive to be clipping those things in and out and to be unsecured like that. I agree with 3DGameMan. If you are going to make that capablity then for the love of god, make it lockable.

I do love the fold out fans and easily clipped of front fan housings on the DF85.

Nice product, but I think it needs some work.

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I like a lot about this case, wish it did have the filters on the side and P/S though and a bigger side fan option like a 230/250mm.

Love the SSD option, but a lock would have been nice like u suggested.

Love the Hot-swap option also.

I do happen to like the look, wished it had an external eSata option too.

Handles and wheels would be nice.  I usually custom install those options on all my cases myself.

Anonymous

Damn why Antec will not produce something really new? This case looks like 1200 on steroids. I dont like it but i do like the review! Thanks

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Rodney,

Your reviews are great, but I preferred it when you said 'Hello again I'm Rodney Reynolds and welcome to another video review' at the beginning, really fast, compared to your name on the screen like now.

Thanks

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Well, things can't always stay the same ;)

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Rodney you forgot to mention that the front fans have fan controllers and that the case takes antec CPX power supply.

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Is the top bay only for SSD or can you also install a 2.5" HDD there?

I wish I could buy computers for 5$

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Looking at it, the connections for a sata drive are built into the case, as he just slides in the SSD. So I would hazard a guess and say no, only SSDs and laptop drives could be used there.

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I doubt someone would definitely steal that SSD to steal their proprietary information... Although, the Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Case doesn't fit in HD 5970 video card because it only supports up to 11" Long video card. HD 5870 will fit in that case.

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It will fit if you don't put anything in the adjacent drive bays. I have an antec 902 and my gpu is about an inch into the drive bays.

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No removable mobo tray - Fail

So dust filters for PSU and side fan - Fail

Styling of the case -Big Fail

Antec DF series cases- FAIL FAIL FAIL

Anonymous

First of all removable mobo tray is not a must in a case this big it wont make a difference plus only like 30 percent of cases have removable mobo tray.
Second thing is that the dust filters for the side fan is not needed if you don't buy a fan for it. If you did buy a fan for it im sure you can invest 3 bucks on a filter
Styling of your case is you opinion i don't really like it either but other people may You can't say a case fails just cuz you don't like how it looks like

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Anon posters, keep your negative statements civilized. 

I'd rate this case as great, but it needs work to make it kickass. I don't like the bulky style. It's missing the important features like the SSD lock, removable motherboard tray ect.. And it kind of reminds me of those GMC cases. Definitely not as good as their Antec Hundred line of cases.

I'm more of classic case man with those parts that have everything where it counts. The best case this year for me was used in my Mom's Main Rig, the LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Black Aluminum. It was a blast to work with, Sturdy, Simple, Elegant, Wire management!, removable motherboard tray, PSU is at the top and 3 x 120mm low rpm fans.

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Thanks again for another 100% KICKASS review Rodney!

Awesome looking case and seems to have all the options for a gaming rig. Have always loved Antec cases and I actually still have my Antec 900 which brings up something I wished the 900 had, DUST FILTERS.

At any rate this looks like something I would purchase for my next build. Love the hot swap option, design is awesome, dust filters is a + along with easy access to the filters, like the fan control, holes for cable management is a must, and the ventilation design looks super.