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Antec Eleven Hundred

The Eleven Hundred is twice as expensive and almost twice as heavy as the Antec One. Its weight is 9 kilos while the Antec One is only 4.9 kilos. The Eleven Hundred is also bigger in every dimension.

  

It has the same meshed front as the Antec One, but with wider figured plastic details on the sides. The manufacturer’s name is now written in silvery letters along the bottom of the front panel.

The windowed side panel and the cutout in the mainboard’s mounting bracket let you see one of the special features of this system case. There is a seat for a 120mm fan on the other side panel, behind the CPU socket.

The back panel is designed for as many as nine expansion slots. It has a lot of vent holes, two openings for the pipes of a liquid cooling system (their diameter is larger than in the Antec One), and a fan control panel.

The control panel isn’t very functional, though. Designed for up to four switches it actually has only one, and even this switch cannot regulate any fan. It is only responsible for turning the top fan’s highlighting on and off.

There are only audio connectors and USB ports on the front panel. The USB ports come in twos of both standards (2.0 and 3.0). Unlike its junior cousin, the Eleven Hundred is shipped without an adapter for connecting its USB 3.0 ports to the mainboard’s USB 3.0 headers. The manufacturer implies that the buyer of the more expensive Eleven Hundred is supposed to have an USB 3.0-enabled mainboard, but that looks like yet another cost-cutting measure to us.

 

The Power and Reset buttons have been moved to the front part of the top panel. The Power button is expectedly larger and closer to the front edge. The Reset button can be easily pressed with a finger.

The top fan is now a huge 200mm thing, but there’s still some empty space around it.

The bottom panel is nothing exceptional. It’s got a corrugated surface to be more robust. The Eleven Hundred stands on hard plastic feet which we do not like.

The side panels seem to be fastened in the same way as those of the Antec One, but the Eleven Hundred chassis lacks any catches for them to fit into. Thanks to this (and to the huge size of the cable compartment behind the mainboard’s mounting plate), installing the side panels is a trivial matter.

Fans are supposed to be attached to the side window diagonally, which seems to be too much of simplification and cost-lowering effort for a product of this class.

The same criticism can be said against the front fan fastening. What was justifiable in the affordable Antec One doesn’t look appropriate for the flagship model of Antec’s gaming series.

As opposed to the junior model, the Eleven Hundred is protected against dust from the front. It has a fine-mesh filter in a plastic frame there.

The anti-dust production is implemented in an unconventional way, though. Such a filter is usually installed right on the chassis but in the Eleven Hundred it is placed on the back side of the removable front panel, which leads to two problems. First, the filter doesn’t fit tight to the chassis, so the fans will unavoidably get some air bypassing the filter, especially as there’s a cutout at the bottom of the front panel to make it easier to take the latter off. And second, you have to take the front panel off to remove the filter.

The PSU bay is protected with a dust filter, too. And this protection is praiseworthy. The filter can be easily taken off from the side of the chassis and fits much tighter than the front one.

 

The Eleven Hundred offers a huge interior. It can easily accommodate an XL-ATX mainboard with three dual-slot graphics cards, leaving some room for other expansion cards. Moreover, it can even take in up to three triple-slot graphics cards with nonstandard (and, usually, very quiet) coolers like ASUS’ top-end products, but you won’t be able to add in any other cards then.

The expansion cards can be up to 330 millimeters long, which is longer than any existing graphics card. In fact, you have even more space available because about 1.5 centimeters are occupied by the latches for two optional internal fans you can install on the disk rack.

The overall rigidity of the chassis seems to be lower than that of the Antec One, yet it doesn’t wobble much when you try to rock its top with the side panels removed. The Eleven Hundred is better in this respect than most products available on the market.

The cable compartment is as wide as 36 millimeters and the extruded side panel even adds 1 centimeter more. That’s why it’s not surprising that the Eleven Hundred offers you the opportunity to cool the near-socket space on the reverse side of the mainboard. A standard 120mm fan with a thickness of 25 millimeters can easily fit into that space without getting in the way of the cables. 

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