Time to build a killer rig? Turn to Antec. The DF-85 is the gaming case re-envisioned, with all the award-winning build quality that made Antec cases famous and plenty of airy, wide-open expandability with 14 total drive bays and 7 expansion slots. Fleet-Release™ front drive bays allow swift customization of front fan and drive configurations and easy access to tool-less, washable fan filters. A top-mounted hot-swappable SATA (SSD-compatible) drive bay plus Fleet-Swap™ SATA drive interfaces offer blazing fast throughput with superb convenience. With pioneering design and world-first conveniences, the Dark Fleet DF-85 is the case of choice for your next flagship.
- by David_W @Jun 15, 2010
Three Fleet-Release™ access doors open separately for convenient entry to drives
Three washable fan filters allow for easy cleaning
Top 2.5" hot-swap SATA (SSD-compatible) drive bay
Bottom-mounted power supply isolates heat - Mounts either a standard size power supply or an Antec exclusive CP Series power supply
Lockable access doors ensure security
CPU cutout allows for easy installation of CPU coolers
14 drive bays: - Up to 9 x internal 3.5" - 3 x external 5.25" - 4 x external 3.5" Fleet-Swap™ drives (position changeable) - 1 x external top 2.5" hot-swap SATA drive bay - 1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD drive
Advanced cooling system: - 2 x top 140mm TwoCool™ fans - 2 x rear 120mm TwoCool™ red LED fans - 3 x front 120mm red LED fans with speed control knobs - 1 x side 120mm fan to cool graphics cards (optional) - Water cooling capable
7 expansion slots to support multiple graphics cards
Maximum graphics card size: 12.5" / 318 mm
Cable management ties help keep your case tidier
Stylish blacked-out interior
Windowed side panel
Front ports: - 1 x USB 3.0 - 3 x USB 2.0 - Audio (AC'97 and HDA compatible) In and Out
Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
Power supply not included
Unit Dimension - 596mm (H) x 213mm (W) x 505mm (D) - 23.5" (H) x 8.4" (W) x 19.9" (D)
Package Dimension - 577mm (H) x 288mm (W) x 510mm (D) - 22.7" (H) x 11.3" (W) x 20.1" (D)
Weight - Net : 11.0 kg / 24.2 lbs - Gross : 11.3kg / 26.3 lbs
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Antec took their already popular designs and added a bunch of options and a new lighting color. Things like easily removable fan filters in the front, fans swinging out of the front for easy cleaning, the ability to mount a radiator inside the chassis and new red bladed fans with red LED lighting ar
"Seven included fans, yes seven - all individually adjustable, plenty of hot swap bays and easy assembly are just some of the cool things. If that is not enough, the internal and external 2.5 inch bays and quiet operation should make it clear that the DF-85 is a clear winner"
The DF-85 comes with a whopping seven fans pre-installed, an external 2.5", SATA Hot-Swap bay, an internal 2.5" SSD, mount and, four movable Fleet Swap Hot-Swap drive interfaces with Fleet Release doors for easy access.
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Very good computer case ! i've had 4 cases before and this one is just awesome ! I had some problem with the cooling and now my problem is solved. I can fit everything I want, even my huge video card. There are aslo multiple slot for HDD and the hard drive slot for flash is very usefull. The front USB 3.0 cable is also very useful for all devices. I was scared about the fan noise, but I don't even hear them. Front 3 fans are also very easy to clean up and the fan speed option is pretty nice.
this is an awesome case it look just sweet, its massive has tons of internal room i keep all the fans set to low, it's real quiet and keeps everything running cool, love how all the intake fans have washable filters, all around i highly recommend this case
I’ve had this case almost a year now. Amazing. Normally don’t keep stuff that long. I didn’t like the Fan power connectors, nor the rear fan speed controllers. No adapters to connect these Fans to the Motherboard. Some might think, connecting 8 fans to a motherboard would create a problem. They might draw too much power. In most cases you would be right. In my case, I first had an Asus Maximus II Formula in this Case. It has 8 on board fan connectors. So for me connecting all the Fans is not an issue. But I couldn’t because of the Fan connectors that came with it. I dealt with that issue a bit later. Cable Management took some thinking. The corsair 750 I had, had quite long Cables, not Modular so routing them in behind between the m/b and back panel was a good option. Lots of zap straps, but all went well considering. My m/b just fit. It’s 10.6” long, and brings it right up to the drive bays. Not good. Connecting the h/d’s and hot-swap was tight. I broke one h/d when the data cable bent too far and broke the little plastic piece that holds it off. Fix came later. I love these Hot-Swap Bays. That’s one of the reasons I bought this case. 2.5” and 3.5” hot swap. I use them often when I custom machines. When all was said and done, everything worked, cables for the most part were all tucked out of sight. About 3 weeks ago A buddy wanted another Machine and was willing to pay for my M/B. I found this smoking deal on a Maximus IV-Z board, so I went ahead. Now, was the time to fix this case the way I wanted it. First, I got me some new Fans and a modular power supply. Ripped the old Fans out. The front speed knobs had to stay. They are glued in and I didn’t want to break them so I just cut the wires close enough so I could re solder them back, if in future I wanted to sell this case. When I put the new m/b in I realized it was even larger. A whole inch. From 9.6 to 10.6. It was bad enough before. The Sata connectors on the M/B are even closer to the edge of the drive bay frame, when h/d’s are installed they are right above the connectors, which makes connections really tight, luckily enough that Frame has vent holes in it, but of course not large enough to put a cable through. I took my wire cutters and snipped through some of them to make them twice as big and now the cables can come straight out of the m/b and through the vent holes and back around to the h/d. 2 problems solved. The power supply was a bit easier since I didn’t need to tie off the unused cables in the back anymore since it’s a modular unit. All my 10 Fans are now connected to my new m/b. Software controls them and so can I. I moved the 3.5” Hot-Swap connector to the bottom and removed the other since I don’t need 4 hot-Swap drives. Didn’t want to put it on the bottom but I had no choice since the m/b power connector was right there. Nice feature though, that one can remove them. Kudos for that. Lots of drive bay room. Cooling is nice. 3 in the front blowing in and the other 5case Fans out. Might change the top to blow in cause my Noctua NH-D14 fans blow in two different directions. I’m going to give this case a 4 out of 5 and that’s being nice. Making this case this small in my opinion is a huge mistake on Antec’s part. My original Maximus formula II board was already out when this case was made. It was already was too tight then, now its worse with the new m/b. I paid $170 plus tax. Lotta money for something that should have worked. At least it should have fit my old board. Can’t blame them on the new one.
This review was modfied by poster @ 12-04-11 02:41 PM
Purchased this case merely as a replacement for my 4 external hard drives, rather than have 4 drives hanging around I placed them inside the case in the 4 (included) hotswap bays. Enabling AHCI on the motherboard is not possible due to my setup, which means I technically cannot hotswap, however taking them out with the PC off is perfectly acceptable.
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