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Antec Dark Fleet DF 85 Full Tower Case Review

Rating: 9.0.

KitGuru has reviewed a range of budget cases since we opened but today we decided to move up into a higher price bracket by taking a look at the Antec Dark Fleet DF 85 Full Tower case.

Last month Antec released a new series of cases which they dramatically called the ‘Dark Fleet’ – this range is comprised of three models, the DF 30, DF 35 and top of the range DF 85.

The former two are mid tower products and the one we are looking at today is a high end full tower case.

The Dark Fleet DF 85 comes supplied with a staggering seven fans, all fitted with speed controllers and there is a place on the side window to install your own 120mm fan, if you so wish.

Antec Dark Fleet DF 85 Specifications list:

Three Fleet-Release™ access doors open separately for convenient entry to drives
Three washable fan filters allow for easy cleaning
Top 2.5″ hot-swap SATA (SSD-compatible) drive bay
Bottom-mounted power supply isolates heat
– Mounts either a standard size power supply or an Antec exclusive CP Series power supply
Lockable access doors ensure security
CPU cutout allows for easy installation of CPU coolers
14 drive bays:
– Up to 9 x internal 3.5″
– 3 x external 5.25″
– 4 x internal 3.5″ Fleet-Swap™ drives (position changeable)
– 1 x external top 2.5″ hot-swap SATA drive bay
– 1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5″ SSD drive
Advanced cooling system:
– 2 x top 140mm TwoCool™ fans
– 2 x rear 120mm TwoCool™ red LED fans
– 3 x front 120mm red LED fans with speed control knobs
– 1 x side 120mm fan to cool graphics cards (optional)
– Water cooling capable
7 expansion slots to support multiple graphics cards
Maximum graphics card size: 12.5″ / 318 mm
Cable management ties help keep your case tidier
Stylish blacked-out interior
Windowed side panel
Front ports:
– 1 x USB 3.0
– 3 x USB 2.0
– Audio (AC’97 and HDA compatible) In and Out
Motherboards: Mini-ITX, microATX, Standard ATX
Power supply not included
Unit Dimension
– 596mm (H) x 213mm (W) x 505mm (D)
– 23.5″ (H) x 8.4″ (W) x 19.9″ (D)
Package Dimension
– 577mm (H) x 288mm (W) x 510mm (D)
– 22.7″ (H) x 11.3″ (W) x 20.1″ (D)
– Net : 11.0 kg / 24.2 lb
– Gross : 11.3 kg / 26.3 lb

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  • tech head

    Damn that is one sexy looking chassis. I wonder why companies dont use RED led fans? they look so much meaner than blue. everyone uses blue.

  • Fred

    Just ordered it from OCUK, thanks for the great review. was tempted with this before when i saw another review, but I trust KG

  • Eric K

    Very very nice, great photos throughout, really helped sell it too.

  • Ben

    Do you reckon Darth Vader plays World of Warcraft? must get sweaty in that suit for 22 hours a day on his bum.


    Hell,. never seen this site before, was searching for this case on google, for a review. wicked site !

  • Ray liottoa

    Bit costly, but I guess its quality, get what you pay for, right?

  • Harold M Fuzzbox

    Thats quite a scary case, dont think I could sleep with it beside me. might have nightmares 🙂

  • Terry FR.

    Excellent review, love the diode testing bit, thats quite unique. im sure other sites will start copying that 🙂

  • Lord of Burping

    Wow, thats a sexy chassis aint it

  • Frankie goes to portsmouth

    Well thats just got me hard, very evil and I want one now 🙂

  • Flo

    Antec are awesome, I love them. I need to get one of these too.

  • Tres Kewl

    Some lickable hardware gets reviewed here every week. Need another reviewer?

  • Frank

    The images really dont do the case justice, its much much nicer in person. I love it, but the images make it look somewhat gaudy.