Antec Dark Fleet DF-85

  • Antec Dark Fleet DF-85
88
Based on 23 scores, 50 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    18
  • Good:
    4
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Very good price for the feature set.
  • Interesting industrial look.
  • 4x 3.5 hotswap bays.

Cons:

  • Cable management possible, but no good way to hide them.
  • No additional hot swap brackets to buy as accessories.

Expert reviews and ratings

By TechRadar on 80

The DF-85 is the top banana of Antec's premier Dark Fleet range of gaming cases. It's gone for the full killer-cyborg-from-the-future look for this hefty tower chassis, opting for an aggressive rather than stylish aesthetic. Like almost all...

By Atomic MPC on 92

Another top of the line effort from...

By techPowerUp! on 93

The entire Darkfleet series from Antec looks very interesting. You will either love or hate the extraordinary design and that is probably the only question you have to ask yourself because the feature set is excellent. Seven included fans, yes seven -...

By Real World Labs on -

The Antec Dark Fleet Series of PC Cases is nothing like we have ever seen before by Antec although there are a few minor similarities with the twelve hundred gaming case. Starting with the design some people will love it and some will hate...

By Overclockers Online on -

Antec set out to re-envision the gaming case with the DF-85 and I would say they were successful as it not only looks good but also is packed with features. From the 7 adjustable speed fans, filters and Fleet Swap everything is geared towards user...

By X-bit Labs on -

We’ve said in the Introduction that system cases are conservative products and do not change frequently, but the products we have reviewed today do show some changes in design. Those in the Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 are somewhat questionable. This is...

By Maximum PC on 90

Packed with fans and features We dinged September’s Antec Sonata Proto for being feature-poor. Can’t say the same of the flagship of Antec’s Dark Fleet line, the DF-85. This full-tower chassis looks great, is packed with fans, and...

By Pureoverclock on -

The Antec DF-85 is rather striking in its subdued aesthetics that would suit just about any preference or personal taste, and would fit into just about any office or home setting. Antec has done a fine job of keeping the styling neutral without...

By TweakNews on -

So, is Antec's Dark Fleet DF-85 chassis a worthy addition to their impressive line of gaming cases? If cooling and configuration options are the benchmarks we're looking at, it just may be. With seven case fans included (five 120's and a...

By Overclockers Club on -

As far as my expectations went with the Antec DF-85, every one of them was met. Antec did a great job with the engineering of the DF-85, as its design offers plenty of features, space, and cooling capabilities. Antec chose not to use tool-less drive...

By Vortez on -

Its been some time since Antec released a new product and the Dark Fleet series, whether you like it - is an interesting one. The DF-85 being the biggest in the Dark Fleet series is a great addition to an exciting range.The DF-85 has great...

By FutureLooks on 88

What separates a case from the rest of the pack is by doing more than just including a few bezel lights, mesh grills, or changing the placement of the front panel ports. It helps to start with some shock and awe and in a sense Antec has done that...

By ComputerPowerUser on -

Still, Antec delivers gobs of expansion capacity, great workmanship, and plenty of convenience features where they matter...

By HardwareLogic on -

The Antec Dark Fleet DF-85 retails for about $170 (Amazon Link, Newegg Link) at the time of this review. This is well in-line with other high-end enthusiast cases and represents a good price for what you get. The hot-swappable SSD bay at the top is...

By HEXUS.net on 60

Overall the DF-85 shows Antec has listened to the gaming audience by including a number of neat features in a substantial frame. The company has catered for old and new, with the 2.5in bay capable of mechanical- and solid-state-drive usage and the...

By The Inquirer on 80

The DF-85 sits at the top end of the Dark Fleet range, with a design that looks as if it could have been taken from an alien spaceship. It has modular front panel components and three adjustable 120mm red LED fans, each with a washable fan filter....

By Legit Reviews on -

The Antec Dark Fleet series DF-85 very solidly built case with a new look from Antec....

By Bit-tech.net on 80

As we had an Antec Twelve Hundred to hand, we couldn't help but instigate a mini clash of the titans with the Dark Fleet DF-85 going head to head with our trusty old favourite. The two roof-mounted 140mm fans are clearly doing just as good a job as...

By XSReviews on 90

While we don't review cases from Antec that often, they do tend to come up winners; if a little expensive. The DF-85 follows in this trend with a nigh complete feature set without any real problems. The styling may not be to everyone's taste but...

By Benchmark Reviews on 89

In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the, Antec DF-85, a rating out of 10, a high score...