Antec 1100 Chassis ReviewBluePanda - November 22, 2011
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Testing the Antec Eleven Hundred required pushing my hardware to heat things up! Using HW Monitor, we recorded maximum temperatures for the CPU, GPU, chipset, hard drives, and overall system during both idle and load phases. Load was simulated by running small FFTs in Prime95, HD Tune, and 3Dmark Vantage for one hour. It is important to note that every case is tested from its factory setup, including location of fans, unless otherwise stated.
However, one modification I tend to apply for every case is the removal of the rear fan. In order to mount my water loop with its 120 mm radiator and dual fans, I must remove the rear fan and replace it with this configuration on the rear panel in exhaust. Other than this modification, the remaining fans including the large 200 mm exhaust in the top will remain in place.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.6 GHz
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3
- Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 Mushkin Redline
- Video Card: 4870X2 2GB
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
- CM Storm Trooper
- BitFenix Outlaw
- NZXT Source 220
- NZXT Tempest 210
- Corsair Graphite Series 600T
- Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Edition
After filling the case with heat from all my hardware, I was rather impressed with load temperatures on the CPU and GPU. The idle temperatures for both of these components are about on par with the other cases I tested. At load, it has become my new baseline for lowest CPU and GPU temperatures. However, the chipset and HDD temperatures seem to ride higher values, with which I wasn’t too surprised. On cases such the Storm Trooper and 500R, the HDDs tend to have better temperatures due to intake fans near the bays. If fans were mounted in the front optional fan slots on the Antec Eleven Hundred, I’m sure these temperatures would be comparable to competing cases. Otherwise, I attribute the nice load temps on the CPU and GPU to the lovely 200 mm exhaust at the top of the case – though a little noisy, it really removes heat.