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Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 Full Tower Gaming Case ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB3.0 USB Audio

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Part #: DF-85

SKU: 54030
Shipping Weight: 28 lbs

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Experience: 3 Days


Good quality.
Good product for it's price, would defiantly recommend.

Experience: 5 Months


includes a lot of silent fan, fit everything I need, Flash hard drive slot, Fleet release and fleet hot swap
Fleet release is kinda cheap (materials)
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.

Although, the fleet release is made with cheap plastic. it's a good idea, but I feel like it want to break every time I open the doors... But beside that, it's a very good computer case, i highly recommend it !

Experience: 10 Days


good looking, well designed computer case, can support up to 6 HD bays as well as plug&use SSD at front panel.
no dust filters on the top panel. no protections for the top fans.

Bought it with CP-1000 power supply bundle, works great so far, afraid of if water drops into the case.

Experience: 1 Weeks


Large, excellent airflow, quiet, included fans and controls, looks great
Cable management, no directions, blue internet light at top right stupid with red led's (not really noticeable unless looking)
Good looking case and great deal with included fans, completely pleased with it. My PSU cable not long enough to hide.

Experience: 5 Months


Goog look!
Quality of case and attention to details.
just one fan rear
Good case, good airflow, all fan controled..

Experience: 4 Months


looks bad ass
huge tons of space
7 stock fans
usb 3 on front panel has to be plugged in to port on back of motherboard
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

Experience: 1 Years


Drive bays
Sata Connectors
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

Experience: 2 Days


Roomy and great ventilation.
Not the easiest to organize wires for.
It's a very good looking case.

I love the hard drive rack and little HDD slot at top.

Experience: 2 Days


Tons of cooling
Love the look of the case but found it heavier then my Nine Hundred, but I do love that there is 7 stock fans, all speed controlled and it is quieter then my Nine Hundred ever was.

Experience: 3 Months


-Lots of Room
-HotSwap Bays
-Easy Access to Fan Filters
-Minimal Cable Management
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.

I put the drive in an external enclosure and I'm ready to go.

Cable management was an issue, however the case has a bit of leway when it comes to putting cables on the outer shell of the case (thought the 2 sides bend to accommodate).

Product Videos [ Edit ]

Features [ Edit | History ]


Time to build a killer rig? Turn to the Dark Fleet. The DF-85 is a complete re-envisioning of the gaming case, with the award-winning quality that makes Antec cases famous and plenty of wide-open expandability with 14 total drive bays and 7 expansion slots. Thanks to Fleet-Release™ front drive bays, DF-85 users can quickly create and modify front fan configurations to deliver air where it's needed most. Fleet-Swap SATA drive interfaces offer fast throughput and allows access to drives directly from the front of the case. With multiple design world-firsts and convenient cutting edge features, Dark Fleet is the case of choice for your next flagship.

Quick Specs:
Motherboard Supported ATX Micro ATX Mini ITX
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Weight (Approximate) 26.30 lb
Color Black
Form Factor Full-tower
Country of Origin China
Height 23.5"
Width 8.4"
Depth 19.9"
Environmentally Friendly Yes
Environmental Certification RoHS
Number of Fans Supported 8
Number of Fans Installed 7
Number of External 2.5" Bays 1
Number of External 3.5" Bays 4
Number of External 5.25" Bays 3
Number of Power Supplies Supported 1
Number of Internal 2.5" Bays 1
Number of Internal 3.5" Bays 5
Number of Total Expansion Bays 14
Number of Total Expansion Slots 7
Total Number of USB Ports 1
Total Number of Audio Out Ports 1

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     Number of External 2.5" Bays: 1
     Number of External 3.5" Bays: 4
     Number of External 5.25" Bays: 3
     Number of Internal 2.5" Bays: 1
     Number of Internal 3.5" Bays: 5
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 14
General Information  
     Brand Name: Antec
     Manufacturer: Antec, Inc
     Manufacturer Part Number: DF-85
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.antec.com
     Product Line: Dark Fleet
     Product Name: Dark Fleet DF-85 System Cabinet
     Product Type: Computer Case
I/O Expansions  
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 7
     Front Audio In: Yes
     Front Audio Out: Yes
     Front USB: Yes
     Total Number of Audio Out Ports: 1
     Total Number of USB Ports: 1
     Country of Origin: China
     Environmental Certification: RoHS
     Environmentally Friendly: Yes
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Depth: 19.90" (505.46 mm)
     Form Factor: Full-tower
     Height: 23.50" (596.90 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 11.93 kg
     Width: 8.40" (213.36 mm)
Power Description  
     Number of Power Supplies Supported: 1
Technical Information  
     Motherboard Supported: ATX
Micro ATX
Mini ITX
     Number of Fans Installed: 7
     Number of Fans Supported: 8
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

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URL: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/antec_df85/
Comment: Very nice review from an other website !
Posted by: Pierre-Luc_T @05/01/12
URL: http://www.overclockersonline.net/reviews/antec-df-85-full-tower-case/
Comment: Even for those not looking for a gaming case, the DF-85 has enough features packed in to keep any user happy.
Posted by: BernardP @03/30/12
URL: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3463/antec_dark_fleet_df_85_full_towe
Comment: 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
Posted by: Reyphox @10/07/11
URL: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/antec_df85/
Comment: Antec has done a great job with the engineering of the DF-85, as its design offers plenty of features, space, and cooling capabilities.
Posted by: BernardP @03/15/11
URL: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Antec/DF-85/1.html
Comment: "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"
Posted by: lef @02/27/11
URL: http://www.kitguru.net/components/cases/zardon/antec-dark-fleet-df-85-
Comment: Technically there is very litle to fault. This chassis is targeting a higher market and it shows.
Posted by: BernardP @12/02/10
URL: http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=25787&page=3
Comment: pros: performs well 2.5" bay cons: looks are hit or miss finish not great compared to other cases at this price point
Posted by: supaaninja @10/04/10
URL: http://www.futurelooks.com/antec-df-85-dark-fleet-series-atx-enclosure
Comment: Pretty daring for Antec and they seem to pull it off. Very solid case. Recommended.
Posted by: FirewireX @08/19/10
URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1371/1/
Comment: With the Dark Fleet Antec brings some new features to the table that are improvements over previous cases they have made. The newest features are Fleet-Swap and Fleet-Release.
Posted by: dnl4ever @07/27/10
URL: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=
Comment: 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.
Posted by: dnl4ever @07/22/10
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