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There are only three 5.25-inch bays in this system case, though. Most of the front panel is occupied by three doors which provide access to the HDD bays. Perhaps some users will miss more 5.25-inch bays, but we guess the configuration of the DF-85 is more adequate for today’s applications. There is a dust filter in front of the fan on each door. You can easily take the filters off for cleaning.

The speed of the front fans can be adjusted by means of the small control in the bottom right of each door.

By the way, the doors are not so easy to open. There is a common guide inside the plastic front panel. It is shared by the three doors and its position is changed by means of a small lever inside the chassis. When the guide is closed, you can't open the doors without damaging them.

Frankly speaking, it is unclear why the manufacturer provides quick access to HDDs from the front if you still have to open the side panel to access the lever and open the doors. You can leave the guide open all the time, but that’s not enough because HDDs are fastened in the bays by means of thumbscrews.

The back panel is rather ordinary. The PSU bay is at the bottom, and the power supply is fastened to a detachable frame that is compatible with Antec’s exclusive CPX format. We can also see two openings for the pipes of a liquid cooling system and two 120mm fans here.

You can find four tiny 2-way switches in the top left of the back panel. You will easily guess their purpose if you have ever dealt with modern top-end system cases from Antec. These switches set the speed mode of the system fans. Take note that each switch has only two positions. The manufacturer has abandoned three-way speed management, so the TriCool fan series is now replaced with TwoCool fans.

The feet are very simple. They are four rubber cylinders placed at the corners of the bottom panel.

Removing the side panel, you can have a look at the translucent plastic with a fan seat. It is designed for 120mm fans. Interestingly, two poles of the fan seat are made from the same translucent plastic while the other two are made from soft silicone which is usually used for vibration-absorbing pads for HDDs. This solution is meant to reduce vibrations and noise.

As you can expect from such a huge chassis, there is a lot of free space inside. The quality is high, the steel is 0.8 millimeters thick, and there is no chance you can cut your fingers when assembling your computer in this system case.

It is simple to install a power supply here. You just put it down on the four rubber poles and screw it to the back panel. Take note that a PSU with a horizontal fan can only be installed with the fan up. There are no vent holes in the bottom of the case.

There are four holes in the center of the bottom panel. Judging by the distance between the holes, a 2.5-inch HDD (or an SSD) is supposed to be installed there. You shouldn't use that place for a drive you plan to take off frequently because you have to turn the whole system case upside down to unfasten the screws.

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