- Aug 25, 2001
This intrigues me. Antec hasn't "innovated" in quite some time, IMHO, and this looks like a legitimate step forward in case design for them.
Best of all, it includes 5 fans, 3 of which are ARGB (and a controller, and an LED button on front-panel), for $69.99.
It does include WC support, too, if you dig into the specs.
The one thing that I'm no so sure that I'm "sold" on, is the upward-pointing fan on top of the PSU cage, designed to bring in fresh air from the back side of the case, right at the PSU height. Seems like a dust magnet, but they do include a magnetic dust guard there too.
Seems like that fan would be the first to go, though, especially if it interferes with the 7th expansion slot.
I'm torn, though, because there are some Montech cases, that come with ARGB fans / controller, that also support WC rads at top and front (if you remove the front ARGB fans), AND they have 8 expansion slots, which would allow me to use my X370 Professional boards, to stick a 3rd GPU in there for mining, potentially, since they have a physical x16 slot in the 7th expansion slot position.
So it looks like I wouldn't be able to benefit that greatly from these Antec cases.
And also, are GPU temps REALLY that much of a problem these days, that one needs a fifth fan blowing in from the back side, and up through the PSU shroud, into the GPU area, or is that just a marketing gimmick? I'm curious for the opinions of the more expert builders on that. (*)
(*) I'm an old-school fan of their Antec 300 mid-tower case, that allowed for two fans in the front (120mm) with their own swing-out cages to attach them, and then screw into the front frame, and then the rear 120mm, and the top-mounted 140mm w/blowhole, and then the 120mm fan spot on the left door, right over the GPU area. I did mount a fan there, and my Antec 300 has a K9A2 Platinum, which is an AM2+ 790GX (?) board, with 4x PCI-E x16 (physical) slots, all running @ 2.0 x8. I used that for many years as a mining/crunching rig with four GPUs, or at least three, and a wifi card. Great for F@H performance back in the day. (If only I had hopped on Bitcoin early, way back in the day, I'd have been a Zillionare. Sigh. Anyways.)
The biggest difference between the two approaches is, the Antec 300, it was perpendicular to all of the GPUs, and blowing fresh air right into them, and then exhausted out the back and top. The DF600 or whatever it's called, just has one fan blowing up into the bottom-most GPU, and if you have two GPUs, or a need for the 7th expansion slot, it seems like your SOL.
(The bottom-most GPU almost always runs cooler than the top-most GPU anyways, so that's not the one that needs extra cooling. Thus the DF600 approach, I feel, is mostly marketing and ill-guided. Unless you only have a single GPU.)