The Eleven Hundred, one of Antec’s latest cases, provides a huge amount of space compacted into a Mid Tower case. The case supports XL-ATX motherboards, 3-way SLI or 4-way CrossFireX. It comes equipped with up to date features like USB 3.0 and also includes 35mm of space on the back of the motherboard tray, which is big enough to attach a 120mm exhaust fan.
The front panel is composed of a thick plastic, which forms around the edges of the panel. The rest of the panel is composed of the honeycomb mesh, which is also found on the three external 5.25” bays found at the top. Also on the top of the front panel are your easy access ports, which include two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and your audio/mic jacks. Not many cases have two USB 3.0 ports, so it’s nice to see Antec is keeping up above the norm.
Towards the bottom of the panel you’ll find an Antec emblem attached to the honeycomb mesh. Behind the mesh you will also be able to install up to two 120mm intake fans.
Removing the front panel reveals these two cutouts for the fans, which also supply air directly over the hard drive cage.
The power/reset buttons can be found on the top of the case, which makes it easier to turn the computer on if you’re like me and have it sitting on the floor. Also on the top of the case is a huge 200mm blue LED fan, which provides a lot of exhaust for the case.
The side panel is about 2/3 window and 1/3 metal. The large window provides visibility to everything except the hard drive cage. You can also mount two 120mm fans to the window to help provide additional cooling to your graphics card(s).
The back panel is different than your average case. While you still have your bottom mounted PSU slot, motherboard I/O slot and rear exhaust fan there are a few additional features that can be found.
You’ll find 9 expansion slots, instead of the standard 7, a fan controller hub, and grates to provide airflow to the back of the motherboard tray.
Like I mentioned before, the right side panel also has a honeycomb cutout for a 120mm fan. The area surrounding the fan mount is raised higher than the rest of the case, which is why you’re able to install a fan there. What’s also worth noting is that the raised section on the right panel is about the same size as the window on the left panel.
Jan 30, 2015 0