- Steel ATX Full Tower
- 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x eSATA, HD Audio In and Out Front Ports
- Default 3, up to 12 External 5.25" Drive Bays
- Up to 9 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
Massive, but cool 02/23/2011
This review is from: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
*Enormous - Plenty of room for huge aftermarket coolers and video cards
*Lots of fans combined with excellent airflow and decent cable management make this case very easy to keep cool
*Surprisingly quiet when fans are turned down
*External fan controls
*Sounds a bit like sticking your head in a jet engine when the fans are turned up to full, but they provide amazing amounts of cooling power
*Very sturdy. Reminds me of an oxy tank in build quality and weight
*PSU mounted to the bottom of the case
*LEDs can't be turned off (except for 200mm fan) Makes it kind of hard to sleep while the computer is on
*Definitely not tool-less. Lots and lots of screws make everything secure and feel very high quality, but can be a pain if you much around with your system a lot.
*Cable management is decent, but difficult. Not a lot of room to move around.
*This case is very very large. This is a good thing for fitting in all your components, but not so good if you have a PSU with short-average cables. I have difficulties reaching some of the upper 5.25" bays with my cable setup. Actually had to use extenders for one of the drives.
I upgraded to this from a mid-tower with two fans. The difference in cooling is amazing. With my old rig, I struggled to get my i7 920 past 3.4 GHz on air. With the new case I'm stable at 3.8 GHz and case temps are at least 15 degrees cooler on average. With the fans turned up to full (I only use this for distributed computing applications) the case goes down another 5-10 degrees and processor temps go down by upwards of 10.
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