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Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

  • Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • Audio (AC' 97 and HDA compatible) In and Out Front Ports
  • 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 4 x internal 3.5" Fleet-Swap™ drives (position chang
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Antec combines size, quality, features and low price to deliver the ultimate gaming case. The DF-85 computer case from Antec with all the award-winning build quality is a great choice for high end users or game enthusiasts. It comes equipped with three front Fleet-Release variable-speed 120mm door fans with red LEDs, accompanied with washable filter to reduce dust within the system. The doors can be opened to allow rapid access to the massive array of drive bays, providing maximum convenience. Two rear 120mm TwoCool fans with red LEDs and two top 140mm TwoCool fan ensures effective system cooling and heat dissipation. The tray supports Mini-ITX / microATX / Standard ATX board for maximum flexibility.

The 5.25" bays will hold optical drives, burners, and up to nine 3.5" drives can be installed in the case, along with two more SATA bays - one external hot-swappable bay on the front panel for convenience, and another floor-mounted inside for internal SSDs. The PSU, in a departure, is at the bottom of the case, for better case stability and thermal environment for the CPU. The side window of the case, in addition to letting you show things off, provides additional ventilation by way of the vented screen. This is a sturdy steel case, with enough cooling technology to keep things frosty in the hottest action. Take one home today and build yourself the most powerful rig around!

  • newegg Superior Expandability Boasting 3 x external 5.25" drive bays, 1 x top external 2.5" hot swap SATA drive bay, 4 x internal 3.5" Fleet-Swap SATA drive bays (position changeable), 1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD bay and up to 9 internal 3.5 drive bays, the Antec DF-85 provides great expandability.
  • newegg Fleet-Release Design The Antec DF-85 features three front Fleet-Release access doors packing tool-free washable fan filters to allow rapid access to a massive array of drive bays.
  • newegg Top-Loaded 2.5" Bay with Fleet-Swap Interface The Antec DF-85 comes equipped with a Top-loaded 2.5" hot swap SATA (SSD-compatible) drive bay with Fleet-Swap SATA drive interfaces to offer blazing fast throughput with superb convenience.
  • newegg Efficient Ventilation The Antec DF-85 features 2 x rear 120mm TwoCool fans with red LED, 3 x front variable-speed 120mm fans with red LED and 2 x top 140mm TwoCool fan for efficient ventilation and effective system cooling.
  • newegg Transparent Side Panel Window The Antec DF-85’s transparent side panel window provides a direct view of the inner system.
  • newegg Convenient Front I/O Panel The convenient front I/O panel enables easy access to 1x USB 3.0 port, 3x USB 2.0 ports and 2x audio ports.

Learn more about the Antec DF-85




ATX Full Tower
Case Material
Steel / Plastic
With Power Supply
Power Supply Mounted
Motherboard Compatibility
Mini-ITX / microATX / Standard ATX
With Side Panel Window


External 5.25" Drive Bays
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
4 x internal 3.5" Fleet-Swap™ drives (position changeable)
External 2.5" Drive Bays
1 x external top 2.5" hot-swap SATA drive bay
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
1 x internal bottom-mounted 2.5" SSD drive
Expansion Slots

Front Ports

Front Ports
1 x USB 3.0
3 x USB 2.0
Audio (AC' 97 and HDA compatible) In and Out

Cooling System

120mm Fans
2 x rear 120mm TwoCool red LED fans
3 x front 120mm red LED fans with speed control knobs
140mm Fans
2 x top 140mm TwoCool fans

Physical Spec

19.90" x 8.40" x 23.50"
26.3 lbs.


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
4 external Fleet-Swap drive bays (position changeable)
Lockable access doors ensure security
CPU cutout allows for easy installation of CPU coolers
Maximum graphics card size: 12.5" / 318 m
Cable management ties help keep your case tidier
Stylish blacked-out interior

Manufacturer Warranty

3 years limited
3 years limited

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • 9/12/2013 4:05:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAntec DF-85 (Headphone Jack Fix)

Pros: - Beautiful design; looks absolutely sinister with its red-on-black finish.

- Red front/top/rear fans. The front set have red LEDs to continue that sinister look.

- Front fans also have removable filters, which can be accessed by "opening" the fans (do this by pressing the left edge inwards and pushing backwards [meaning toward you and not the case]), lifting the flap on the fan filter and pulling upwards and out of the case. Typically it's alright to hit it with a compressed air canister but if you really want to get it cleaned, run it under the sink and leave it wrapped up in a towel for 5 minutes, after that, simply reinsert it into the right spot (reinserting is the reverse of removal).

- Space: You can fit as big of a graphics card (or cards, depending on how hardcore your rig really is) as you can (preferably without a carrying handle).

- Cooling: See my above regarding the fans and it also has 2 liquid cooling pipe inlet/outlets in the back of the case.

- Wire management: There's a pretty decent amount of space "behind" (on the right side of the case) the motherboard for running wires.

Cons: - USB 3.0 Input: You basically have to run a semi-thick cable from the front of the case, to the back of the case and into your motherboard's USB 3.0 connector, so it's more like an extension cord to the front.
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack: There's a design flaw with this case which basically makes inserting a headphone jack a bit of a hassle (read fix in "Other thoughts") since it makes it harder for the plug to be fully seated.

Other Thoughts: (I literally did this 5 minutes prior to writing this review and I want to share this with all of you out there in the same predicament)
How to fix the headphone jack:
Now for starts, if you've had this case for 1+ years, you've probably noticed by now that there's a considerable amount of plastic stopping you from getting that perfectly seated headphone and overtime, ramming your plug into the connector has caused it to be pushed further back, the point where your connection is only 2/3 of the way in and your music/movie/game sounds terribad. Here are the steps:

1. (Skip to 2 if you don't have a CD/DVD/BluRay drive mounted in the topmost 5.25" drive bay) First, remove your disc drive/bay device from the topmost 5.25" drive bay. (Not going into detail here, pretty self-explanatory if you actually put the computer together)

2. Go to the top of the case, you'll notice that the plastic hot-swap bay cover has a screw in it toward the back. Remove said screw. Also remove the two screws on top of your 2.5" hot-swap drive's SATA connector. Do the same for any screws you see in the top/front portion of the case (there should be two on either side, facing toward [literally pointing at you] and two more facing downward on either side). After you've removed those, go back in your case.

3. There should be two "clips". Now you need to look for these clips, as they're on the "ceiling" of your case. Once you've found them, pinch them toward you (toward the front of the case) as you pull up on the plastic hot-swap bay. It should come out nice and easy-like.

4. Now that, that's taken care of, you should now be able to see all the case's front connectors. If you look at it from the back, you'll see a thick cable leading to the right side of the case to what looks like a female power plug - this is the headphone/microphone cable. You should see a screw on the bottom of the connector (which can be reached with a THIN screwdriver. Not that massive power drill you have at home.

5. Here, you can do one of two things. You can:
A - Tighten the screw (like I did, except I removed it and reinserted it [trust me, tightening is WORLDS easier]).
or B - Remove the connector, bust out a drill and "enlarge" the holes (I have no idea if this affects actually works. This is simply speculation when I took apart my case's top-side) and then reinsert it.

6. At this point, reassemble pretty much everything, load up your favorite Youtube video/song/movie/game/whatever and do a sound test. If it works, huzzah! You've fixed this error and you now know how to fix it when (not if) it happens again :D However, if it doesn't work, you may need to try again and perhaps drill that hole I mentioned earlier. Preferably both headphone and microphone since they're both in the same plug, and not having the hole evenly sized (>inb4 that's what she said) will cause the plug to get partly stuck and make your task even MORE annoying.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/20/2013 6:51:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Case

Pros: This case has great Air Flow. Three fans in the front, two up top, and two in the back really keep things nice and cool. In fact, I'll go as far as saying its a bit overkill.

In terms of Antec, this case also has great interior space. While still not on par with other manufactures, things will not become crammed in this case, I can assure you of that.

The design of the case is also great. It has a rugged look to it, but aside from aesthetics, it does have some nice features. It has a side window with a fan option that doesn't block anything, fan speed options, and easy to clean filters. The red LEDs are also great for AMD users, and blue after blue gets kinda old. Others have said the plastic feels flimsy and will eventually break. I have not ran into that problem at all.

Cons: I dropped an egg for my only real issue with the case. The two 120mm fans in the back are stacked directly on top of each other. This allows only 1 liquid cooling radiator to be installed. It is a bit frustrating, as I am really think about purchasing an ARES II. Now i need to see if the tubes will fit to the front, after I remove the expansion slots...

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  • Thomas K.
  • 5/13/2013 5:40:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat case

Pros: This is the third computer I have built and for the price its by far the best case I have used.

Cons: Haven't been able to figure out how to get a fan on the side door. Tried several fans but not sure how it is supposed to fit on there. Did some research on it but I guess I just don't get it.

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  • Andrew P.
  • 5/1/2013 4:35:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat case

Pros: This is a great case. I use it for my software raid 5 system. The only minor things I would comment on are:

1. change transparent window on left hand side to solid metal (they still could have vents for extra fan). Majority of people do not want to see extra blinking lights (some fans like Zalman have LED).

2. Get rid of LEDs in fans (front, top, rear) - same comments as above

3. The three 5.25" bays probably is too much. Antec could probably squeeze in three more 3.5" drive bays and just leave one 5.25" inch bay for DVD drive. In these three 5.25" bays I installed iSTAR drive cage - gives me 5 extra disks.

4. top bay for 2.5" drive is not really needed

5. The bottom 3.5" bay should have the modular enclosure like the bays above it, instead the screw on the side.

Cons: none

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  • Trevon G.
  • 4/6/2013 7:10:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome Case

Pros: Full tower. Tons of fans and space. Removable Fan filters are nice. Tool less drive bay lockdowns.

Cons: Took an egg off because Ive had three different SSD drives now that will not line up in the top drive bay with the hot swap drive bay.

Other Thoughts: A cant miss case

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  • tyler b.
  • 3/14/2013 9:23:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this case

Pros: I absolutley love this case! Lost of room and very good cooling! I am in love with this case!

Cons: It doesn't make me dinner while I play my video games!

Other Thoughts: Amd FX 8150
MSI Twin Frozr III 6950
8gb hyperx ram
Windows 7 64 bit
MSI military class II 990FX-A GD80 V2

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  • Stein N.
  • 3/11/2013 6:17:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsantec cases

Pros: this case,,,, I LOVE IT...... one day i had to repaste my cpu and it was soo easy with the cpu cutout on the back.

Cons: some air flow issues.... its not like the 1200 series..... I own both
df-85 and the 1200. with x58 evga boards and evga gtx660ti/480 cards.

Other Thoughts: the df-85 has some graphic card air flow issues

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  • Stephanie P.
  • 2/6/2013 11:11:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Huge case
Decent cable management
Quiet for the amount of fans running
Sweet looking

Cons: I have no complaints about this case, other then I wanted to buy another one for my wife's build and it has since been discontinued!

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5 out of 5 eggsGreatest case ever

Pros: This is the most superior case ever made! Mine has 3 hd 7970s in trifire and a 1350 watt coolmax psu and a ga x58 with i7 920 and keeps everything really cool. It looks really awesome too. Perfect case. I had an antec 900 then a 1200 then made the switch to this it is very similar to 1200 but I like it better.

Cons: none

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  • Zac S.
  • 1/15/2013 6:07:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid case, but a few negitives

Pros: Had this case for a year now. Came back to write a review after owning for a while.

-Front fan filters are very nice and easily accessible for cleaning
-Cable management is awesome. Tons of room on the back side to hide everything and plenty of holes on the board to feed the cable in the right place.

Overall very sleek looking as a good price.

Cons: A few things I think they could improve on.

-The 3 latched covers on the front of the case to "hide" the drives are very fragile and unnecessary. Had to go through 2 cases to find one without one or more of these broken. They feel more "in the way" than anything else and I almost want to just remove them.
-My USB 2.0 on the front of the case (right next to the 3.0 USB) has not worked sense I bought it a year ago. IDK if this is a common issue with other cases, but I have tried about everything and cannot get it to recognized anything. If anyone knows a repair for this then please let me know.
-The front fan control knobs are very fragile. I have almost broke them a few time trying to tinker with fan speeds.
-Wish they would ahve made the hard drive bays as a no screw installation

Overall, I think that a lot of the plastic "flair" on the outside seem unnecessary other than for cosmetic reasons and I think they could have made a sturdier unit without all this.

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