Antec Eleven Hundred Midtower Gaming Case ReviewTue, Nov 22, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Moving Inside the Eleven Hundred
Those familiar with the previous Gaming Series cases will notice the drive cages are not like they used to be. They now go left to right rather than front to back.
There are 4 tool-less 5.25″ bays, 2 dedicated 2.5″ drive bays, and 6 slots for 3.5″ hard drives.
On the inside of side of the drive cage are two tool-less 120mm fan mounting spots.
In the lower back is the power supply area. The vent screen is inside the case. Its guide rails are what the power supply rests on.
Above the power supply are the expansion slot covers. The covers are held in with thumbscrews.
At the top rear are the 120mm rear exhaust and the top 200mm blue LED fan.
A little different from Antec cases in the past, there is a power distribution block that powers all the fans from a single molex connector.
The front panel wiring has a change or two as well. The Eleven Hundred has USB3 on the front panel. If your board doesn’t have USB3, for an additional charge of $2.50 you can get a USB3 to USB2 converter cable. There is also only HD audio for the front panel audio connections. This could be an annoyance for someone moving an older system with AC97 audio to a new case.
Moving around to the right side, there are 4 grommeted wire routing holes down the side and bottom of the motherboard, and 2 open wire routing holes at the top. Antec also provided may places for wire ties to help keep things tidy. The CPU cut out in the motherboard tray is massive; there should be no issues getting to the back of CPU sockets.
From the tray to the side panel is 1″, absolutely cavern-like compared to past Antec cases. There is plenty of room for even the beefiest power supply’s main 24pin cable. To give a little more room, the right side panel has a bulge that gives almost another .25″ of space.
Pulling the front bezel off we can see the front 120mm fan mounts.
The fan filter for the front 120mm case fans is located on the front panel, so you must remove the front panel to clean out the filter.