Antec DF-85 Reviewairman - September 1, 2010
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The front of the DF-85 has a very futuristic, armored sort of look to it. Each of the fan covers and drive doors are designed in a wishbone shape, which adds a nice look to the design. There are three red 120mm fans and three external 5.25" device bays. There are four USB ports on the top for I/O, as well as the typical audio. The far right USB port is colored blue, which signifies that it is USB3.0 capable. The left side panel is black, along with the rest of the case, and features a two-piece window that runs the height of the case and up to the beginning of the drive bays. There is room for one 120mm fan on the side, positioned above where the video card will be.
The rear of the case contains two red 120mm LED fans, two water cooling ports, seven expansion slots, and a four channel (two speed) fan controller in the top left that controls the rear and top exhaust fans. The power supply mounting bracket allows for a power supply to be mounted upwards or downwards, giving the user a choice of how they wish to run their wires and handle the fans on the power supply itself.
The top panel of the case contains two 140mm exhaust fans that are not lit. Antec chose to do this because they did not want a lot of light to be emitted from the case and irritate users who do not wish to have the extra light. The very front of the top has a plastic cover over the 2.5" hot swappable hard drive bay. This could be very useful for solid state drives or laptop hard drives. The bottom of the DF-85 has four rubber feet, as well as four mounting holes for a solid state drive if the user chooses to mount one along the bottom. There is no ventilation underneath the power supply, so if the user chooses to mount the intake fan on the power supply facing downwards, they should be wary that this could increase the temperature of the power supply.
The front bezel of the case seems like it is very difficult to remove, requiring removal of six screws, and feeding slack from the front I/O port cables through. These cables are already a tight fit, so I opted to not remove the front bezel after getting to this step. I usually take pictures of behind the front bezel and the inner side of it, but I did not feel comfortable trying to remove it and potentially damaging the plugs/wires on the front I/O port. With that said, this ends the evaluation of the exterior of the case. The next page will consist of an evaluation of the interior of the case, working components, and the rest of its features.