Antec Dark Fleet chassis line to ship next month

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Matthew DeCarlo

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Antec is preparing to unleash the Dark Fleet chassis series, which consists of four members: the DF-10, DF-30, and DF-35 mid-towers, as well as the DF-85 full tower. Targeting enthusiasts, the quartet is roomy enough for the latest jumbo-sized graphics cards and multi-CPU motherboards, while its gusty "TwoCool" fans supposedly discard heat like nobody's business.

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TomSEA

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I really like the look of the front "grill work" on this. I've had an Antec 900 going on 3 years now and it's been the best case I've ever had by far. Doing a new build next spring so considering the success I've had with Antec, I'll definitely keep my eye on these. Looking forward to the reviews on them.
 

TorturedChaos

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I love Antec case's. Have 3 at work here and the tool-less setup is so easy to pop up the drive trays. And I love my Antec 300 black illusion I have at home.

I think this new case looks sweet, just hate to see the price tag. Have to pay for all that quality :p.
 
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I've seen it advertised at 179$ CDN...

It does look pretty nice but i'd love to see Antec flip the HDD bays 90 deg. so that cables can be routed at the back...
 

9Nails

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I'm a long time user of Antec cases, going back to the Sonata, P180 and P182 on recent builds. I appreciated the design and consideration towards heat, but the last 2 relied to much on plastic tabs which do break easily. I hope that the quality of how side-doors attach to the chassis is considered.

As Guest said, I'd also prefer a side facing drive insertion mechanism with cables routed behind the drives, but I think they keep it front to back for the high performance drives with heat sinks to get proper air flow around the cooling fins. (Think WD Velociraptor performance drives, etc.)
 
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Looks kinda cool better then the HAF series which remind me of gas cans.
I have a 902 and i love it although it has a few design flaws.
The pita front air filter cages which i know is just a door swing access on the new design.
Also the useless side panel fan position that has no clearance if you have a decent hsu.
Looks lower in the new design so you can cool your gpu without hsu problems.
 
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The Dark Fleet is a major dissapointment for me. I'm a system builder and utlize the Antec 1200 and Silverstone Raven for all of my builds (in the past year or so). The DF series look decent because they [Antec] carried over some of the elements from the Antec 1200, yet, for this very reason, the DF seem like a cheap upgrade or step above the Antec 1200. I think they took a step backwards in this generation of enclosures. In comparison, the HAF-X is bulky, but pay attention to the overall design of the case; everything blends together nicely and CM added new features within the case. In comparing the HAF-X and DF, there is no question that HAF-X is the winner. Antec stands a better chance with the "Antec 1200 vs. HAF-X" showdown.

I think if Antec could somehow blend the design of the Silverstone Raven with the Antec 1200; you would see the most desired case/enclosure of all time!
 
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