In a weird twist, Antec has delivered a case that’s both full on features and lacking in some of the company’s staple design elements. Take, for example, the case’s built-in fan controller—or lack thereof. We’re used to being able to flick switches to independently control all of the fans within an Antec chassis, but after connecting a Molex to the provided circuit board in the Eleven Hundred—annoyance number one—we were displeased to find that the switch only turns the top 20cm fan’s blue LED on and off. You can’t physically adjust the speed of that or the case’s rear 12cm fan.
Antec’s big on allowances: You could stick up to seven additional 12cm fans in the system (including two uglier mounts on the case’s side panel), in addition to six hard drives (using rails), two 2.5-inch SSDs, and three 5.25-inch devices. There’s ample space for stuffing an XL-ATX, microATX, Mini-ITX, or standard ATX motherboard into the chassis, and we especially love all of the cable-management tricks that Antec builds into the chassis: four rubber-bordered holes for cable management (or water-cooling tubes), a huge hole in the motherboard tray for easier installation of aftermarket CPU coolers, and a big inch-wide space between the tray and the case’s side panel for more cable management.
It’s a pain in the butt to hook up the “fan controller,” which does little more than turn the top fan’s LED light on and off.
We love how the case’s front panel pops off without a sea of wires dangling behind it, like those for the case’s two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports (real headers; not pass-through). All in all, installing a system into the Eleven Hundred is a breeze, although folks with bulkier water-cooling setups might want to steer clear. This case offers plenty of potential; not perfection, but not a headache, either.
Antec Eleven Hundred
Simple installation; good cable management; excellent temperatures.
Misleading fan control; lacks preinstalled fan for drives; limits water-cooling radiator setups.
Antec Eleven Hundred
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All temperatures measured in degrees Celsius. All systems tested with a stock-clocked AMD Phenom II X6 1055T on an Asus Sabertooth 990FX mobo with a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ cooler, a GTX 480 GPU, 4GB DDR3/1600, and an 800W PSU in a room with an ambient temperature of 22 C.