Date: April 28th, 2009
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Antec
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
12 Drive Bays
Perforated front bezel for maximum air intake
Washable air filters reduce dust build up in your system
Advanced Cooling System:
• 1 top special 200 x 30 mm blue LED exhaust fan with 3-speed switch control (LEDs can be switched off as well)
• 2 rear 120 x 25 mm special blue LED exhaust fans with 3-speed switch control
• 3 front 120 x 25 mm special blue LED intake fans with front speed control
• 1 side 120 x 25 mm fan to cool graphic cards (optional)
• 1 middle 120mm fan to cool CPU or graphic cards (optional)
• Water cooling platform for reservoir or pump
7 expansion slots
Top mounted I/O ports for easy access
• Power and reset button with blue LED
• 2 x USB 2.0
• 1 x eSATA
• HD Audio In and Out
Convenient top accessory tray for a personal media player
Motherboard: Up to standard ATX
No Power Supply included: To optimize performance of your Twelve Hundred, your choice of power supply is crucial. Antec strongly recommends choosing from our NeoPower or TruePower series.
• 22.9" (H) x 8.4" (W) x 20.2" (D)
• 582 (H) x 213 (W) x 513 (D) mm
• 25.6" (H) x 11.8" (W) x 23.6" (D)
• 650 (H) x 300 (W) x 600 (D) mm
Net Weight: 14.5 kg/31.9 lbs
Gross Weight: 17.5 kg/38.6 lbs
Antec's Nine Hundred chassis had nine drive bays. The Twelve Hundred has twelve. Hmmmm. Anyway, twelve bays will allow virtually any configuration that an enthusiast can come up with. Six fans are included with placements for a couple more and liquid cooling enthusiasts get the nod with a couple of features as well. We'll go over the other features in the following sections, but this case is big and heavy and the top mounted I/O ports will make the Twelve Hundred a perfect candidate to sit on the floor, rather than on the desktop.
While gamers aren't generally all that concerned with noise, Antec allows fan speeds to be adjusted to suit the user's hardware configuration and noise tolerance. There are some nice features associated with the cooling fans, but we'll discuss them a bit later.
This case is big, and the box is even bigger. As usual, Antec shipped the Twelve Hundred in a sturdy cardboard carton with great graphics and lots of information about what's inside. For around $170 US, you'll get the following.
The case is wrapped in a protective plastic bag sandwiched between two soft foam blocks and the manual and other paperwork comes in its own plastic zip bag.
Also included is a 3.5-inch/floppy bay adapter, a bag of hardware and some cable management straps. Let's get all this unpacked and see what Antec has accomplished with the new Twelve Hundred.