Antec DF-85 Reviewairman - September 1, 2010
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When a computer enthusiast hears the name Antec, the first thing that comes to mind is its computer cases. Antec has been in business for almost 25 years, longer than personal computers were a common item in a household. Antec is said to be the "global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets" (Antec's website), which probably does not come as a surprise to any above average PC user. Antec has been a pioneer in the market of computer cases, cooling solutions, and power supplies, all of which are of high quality and would be rare to leave their owners unsatisfied. In the spotlight today is the Antec DF-85. The DF-85 is a massive full tower case that offers hot swappable drive bays, loads of room, and plenty of airflow, while having an aggressive, yet attractive, look. In this review, I will provide a complete exploration and evaluation of the Antec DF-85 from unboxing, outer and inner components, installation, manufacturer specifications and features, and more importantly, testing and results.
The packaging that houses the DF-85 is a red, yellow, and black box that doesn't seem to have an identifiable front. The large sides (typically front and rear) contain information on the case, such as features and specifications, with one that would be like a "cover page". One narrow side of the box has a list of additional features, and opposite of this side is the Antec logo with a quarter angle of the case with the lights on, as well as the model number and the product line - "Dark Fleet". The main package was shipped in another cardboard box around it, protecting it from scratches and other damage during shipping. The DF-85 made it to my residence unharmed, in good condition.
Just like any other case, the DF-85 is secured between two large blocks of fitted styrofoam and wrapped in a plastic protective bag. Sitting on top of the case upon opening the box is the user's manual inside a ziploc bag, which also contains a bag of several types of screws, motherboard standoffs, wire ties, and paper washers.
The size of the DF-85 is unforgettable. From top to bottom, I believe this is the tallest case that I have ever reviewed. From the looks of just the outside and reading the packaging, there is going to be a lot to talk about! Hopefully, with all these features, Antec also put plenty of thought into the performance of the case. Later in this review, I will be exploring this as well.