|Memory Speed||2667 MHz|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||6|
Antec Dark Fleet Series DF500 RGB Mid-Tower PC/Gaming Computer Case with GRB Lighting, RGB Fans x 3 Pre-Installed, Tempered Glass Side Panel, 380mm Max Graphics Cards, 6 SSD for ATX, M-ATX and ITX
- The sleek, all black appearance of the DF500 RGB gaming mid-tower is armed with features that let you create a powerful system and customise it at will.
- 4mm darkened tempered glass window and dark tinted transparent front panel let you show off your build in a bold, striking style.
- Control the RGB fans via the integrated hub, or sync with your motherboard t ounlock myriad levels of colour options.
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Don't take me wrong - this looks good and there aren't many matx cases on the market, but while building you realize that at Antec they just tried to glue together pieces they already had available, without putting too much thought about it.
Let's start with the good things, so:
- It looks good, even if it's still on the bigger side
- It has a real tempered glass panel (with a slight black tint)
- The led fan provided is pretty silent (1000rpm max), even if not powerful
- It actually supports PSUs bigger than 160mm - mine is 165 and modular and would have still been able to fit the disks cage. I think 170 non modular might be the limit though if you want to keep the disks cage. Still, because of the airflow - especially if you have a 240mm radiator - I'd recommend to get rid of the cage.
- Numerous disks mounting point, space for 4 2,5" units behind the motheboard plus 2 3,5" or 2 2,5" in the disks cage under the PSU shroud.
- The air intakes are very small. Also, I do not understand why they perforated only the sides of the front panel, and didn't to the same on the top or bottom (the bottom is actually blocked by the logo projector). This definitely impacts thermals, my radiator really isn't performing that great and after maybe a couple of hours of gaming (with a gtx1060 and a ryzen 2600x) the cabinet feels warm indeed. Extra fans recommended.
- The internal case has been clearly recycled from a normal desktop cabinet. On the top you have the large typical hole for an odd unit, and this has not been closed or covered in any way. The frontal filter covers only the two fans which sit below it - so here you go, a huge unfiltered opening that's going to suck in all the dust it can as soon as you add a few top fans - not to mention ruin the airflow through the frontal radiator. It's also not coverable in the usual ways since they put the board for the front panel straight over one of its sides. I've asked Antec about it, after the operators kept denying it existed (they have no picture of it, if you looks the pics online it seems not to exist), I sent them my own picture and they said they opened a ticket for this. It's been more than one week now and no new reply. Bad support experience, I have to say.
- The space on the top where you're supposed to install extra fans is kind of tiny, and tends to conflict with the cables you pass through the upper holes. So I'd recommend to install 120mm rather than 140mm fans, to avoid issues with cables.
- The PSU shroud got no hole to display your PSU, which is a pity in some cases. Also it can't be removed at all, so attach all the cables to your modular unit before you install it, or put it inside for last as it becomes hard to work on it.
- More than half of the lower frontal fan goes into the PSU shroud. That's not enough airflow anyway to cool your disks (and the cage's side would block it anyway), and air only got a few small holes to escape from if it's hot (radiator). If you have a 240mm radiator like me, I'd recommend to do without 3,5" disks and remove the disk cage completely.
- I wish they spent the money for the front illuminated logo on getting a better airflow - I think I'll end up removing it for this very purpose anyway (and it forces me to keep an extra molex cable around just for it!)
Though there's not one included you can mount a 120mm fan just in front of the HDD rack.
It could possibly hold 5 drives as there's a small 3.5" slot at the top
I'm not too sure about the fan mount positions on the floor and side panel, overkill perhaps, the back & top ones will do the job.
Not worth knocking a star off but there's no dust protection at the front of this case, so unless you want everything inside caked in dust, you may have to buy some kind of fabric dust sheet yourself, cut it and put it behind the front panel & the fan vents you're not using.
The PC is a bit noisy because of the way I chose to set up the fans/speed, but with a little tweaking it could be made into a silent runner.. just add a few more fans and lower the overall fan speed.
I knocked off 1 star because my power button has broken after about a year of use and I've had to swap the reset key for it instead.
Updating a year later as now the reset button is broken and will need to replace the front bezel.
The door at the front is the only part that feels very cheap, it doesn't open/close very well, in order to close it I have to push down on the top of the case, thankfully, I don't open/close it very much! It is a clip mechanic type, not magnet action like some previous antec cases i.e. P280. Also, mine arrived with a huge slice in the sound padding, not something worth returning for though.
I bought 6 fans which I installed a week after building my pc. I found that the front case was quite difficult to remove. There are pins which have to be pushed out. Other than the front panel difficulty, this case was nicely made.
Another thing to consider is that the front buttons/slot. There's a Mic and a headset slot. If you have a headset with only 1 cable (for both mic and sound) then you'll need an adaptor to use your headset. I just purchased a Headset with USB.
The part which houses the wire has 2 slots for your ssds. I filled that space with laptop hard drives, it was perfect!
It came with 3 magnetic dust filters- 1 for the top, 1 for the front and one for the PSU at the bottom. The case also included a rear fan.