We took Antek's new work for an in-depth examination: Meet a very cheap computer package that manages to broadcast luxury and quality
The world of computer cases is definitely one of the most interesting in recent times with changes that are not always helpful to hardware inside but mainly to the appearance of the computer from the outside.
In the past two years, two particularly strong trends have emerged in this world, including tempered glass and LED lamps RGB. There seem to be so many of these two that we sometimes forget what really matters in computer cases.
It started from very expensive packages and slowly began to seep into lower price levels. One reason is that the tools to create them Enclosures Multiplied and production costs decreased accordingly. The packaging in this review is one of the products of the same industry when approaching the really low price levels.
I guess you're the producer Antec Many of our readers can no longer be shown. This is one that has been dealing with the hardware world for over 30 years. One of the most prominent features of this company is to provide useful products at a fair cost and I think the DF500 case in the audit is definitely one of them.
Antec DF500 RGB
The package in question belongs to the Dark Fleet series that took a break a few years and returned to us. The emphasis is primarily on advanced appearance and prominent features for gamers and content creators. The DF500 is a chassis built entirely of modern gaming computers, and you can certainly see it from its features.
The case type is a standard ATX with 7 expansion slots for the motherboard. Of course it can also contain shorter MATX standard motherboards with 3-4 expansion slots, but I think it would look a little weird in a case like this. It will look empty and compressed in one area from the inside if small hardware is installed in it. The door on this side is of course made of tempered glass. The screw mechanism is quite simple to open and the door rests on four rubber-padded racks.
This case is available in two versions - one includes three LED front fans RGB Controlled, and the second includes a simple rear fan. Prices are 260 and 210. Personally, I think the difference is definitely worth the price. This is simply because if a gaming machine is built in a case, it is necessary to take care of proper air flow with such fans.
It is highly recommended to open the door when the case is tilted or lying completely - mainly for safety so that the glass door does not fall and break.
On the front front of the chassis there are two standard USB3.0 interfaces with a lighted switch, a control button on the front fan lights, and microphone ports and front headphones. One of the most common faults in many cases is a power button with cheap mechanics that can get stuck quickly. Here the button feels high quality and clicky, there is no sense of pressing sponge that the button may get stuck.
The front of this chassis in theRGB It contains three fans with colored LEDs. There are air inlets in four places on the sides as well as at the bottom of the front. The front part of the case is not made of glass although it looks like this but slightly blackened plastic to soothe the brightness of the bulbs.
So the case looks without the front part. The three fans that come with the case are 120 millimeters and of course can be replaced with other fans if maintenance is required. The fans are considered to be quite high quality and are similar to what you get in the TrueQuiet series of the company. I am always in favor of showing a little dairy in the products RGB Compared to completely transparent fans.
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This is what the case looks like from the inside without the side door. The space is empty and simple with holes for mooring the motherboard and other means on the other side of the case. There is a partition to supply the power and storage that can be anchored on the other side of the case. When it comes to build quality and hardware - I'm a little surprised, must note. I'm used to seeing Enclosures In price tags such that I always find serious compromises in terms of overall frame flexibility and durability. Even without the side door, the case feels very durable and does not yield to moderate physical strength.
The partition into the power supply compartment and drives can easily be made of plastic or metal very cheap and flexible and it simply feels superior. The finish is a type of so-called sand blast, rough and does not feel cheap at all. I saw suppliers' partitions worse than that in packages that cost double or more.
The front fans get an easy-to-remove and clean magnetic dust filter for cleaning - very simple and does the job. Unfortunately this is a very coarse filter and it is definitely not going to catch small dust particles as they enter the computer system. This is the curse and blessing of a removable magnetic filter. Prepare for annual cleanings when using such a case.
The top of the case gets my favorite feature of the entire DF500 - plenty of room for ventilation and a removable magnetic filter! Cheers! No more boiling air from parts trapped in the roof of the case and already praying to escape. There are even moorings for three 120-millimeter fans, or two 140-millimeter type ones. Feels just like Enclosures Are advancing at a double cost.
The back of the chassis contains the area so that we can mount various hard drives. The simplicity and the empty space and the presupposition have a price. The DF500 is not a bundle for content creators who need multiple hard drives because it contains support for only two 3.5-inch drives and two 2.5-inch drives. Of course you're welcome to be creative and use the extra holes on the back of the case to mount drives SSD Size 2.5 more inches. Gamers Is clearly the target audience for this pack.
The case includes a controller RGB A small one that is connected to a button that precedes. The fans come with support for LED strips with which you can expand the support and lighting so that everything will show one. This is a great feature and for me a pure bonus considering the price.
This is how the case looks at the bottom. He stands on four legs with rubber pads to dampen tremors. There is a dust filter to open from which the power supply brings in air and personally I am not a big fan of such a filter. I prefer a less coarse filter that sits on a track that you can pull out but considering the price, I understand that there are compromises that need to be made. On the right you can see the mechanism that holds the hard drive cages. It can be removed from the power supply area if you want to install an extra long supply. In any case, I recommend removing it as much as possible, in order to have a proper place to store cables that are not used. It is available to assemble hardware.
When the system is complex
The assembly process went relatively smoothly when the only comment I had was the expansion card assembly mechanism. I'm really not a fan of these iron pieces that will be pulled once and can not be returned to the place. Although most of their impact on system performance is negligible, the complaint is mainly about the elasticity.
Our complex computer system includes components that will certainly challenge such a low-cost package, such as an eight-core Core i7 5960X processor, and a GTX 780 Ti graphics card that have asked for parts that emit heat in impressive quantities. Both of them incidentally passed overclocking, just to make sure I take the chassis capacity to the edge. The volume is MX500 of Crucial.
I am a big fan of the efficient and correct use of space in packages and the DF500 is very high in this category. There is enough space for the incoming air to be repaired in different parts. This warm air will naturally make its way up through the exits. I would definitely recommend adding a fan on the back of the case, simply to contribute some air pressure inside the case.
As for the assembly process itself - I'm thrilled and happy to see that finally standards I was used to seeing in particularly advanced enclosures are coming to an enclosure that at least for me is becoming the absolute standard of the market. All the process involved was assembling the motherboard and using the screws that came with the chassis, installing the video card and connecting the power supply to the rear in the defined area.
The cable arrangement openings are beautifully placed and allow clean, tidy wiring when installing such a system. I wanted to prepare this system without using handcuffs at all and the task was very simple. The back door closed without any pressure or resistance at all. Above the motherboard area there is a very spacious area that can be used to anchor a water cooling system Such as the K240, for example, As well as wiring of all appropriate cables.
As for the appearance of the case when everything is lit, an image is worth a thousand words, Video Worth more.
As I mentioned, if you already do RGB You have to do it right and I think Antek did a very good job especially considering the price.
This was what the computer system looked like when I was doing the correct tests. I must admit that I usually belong to a camp I love Enclosures Solid and colorless, but I honestly think Antec did a great job with a product that appeals to gamers. Everything feels "too high quality" to cost a total of about 260 shekels. I connected the fans to the motherboard and made sure that they operate at a medium RPM so that the operation of the case is also very quiet.
When it comes to temperatures, compare the hardware in a completely open system based on the Lian Li T60 chassis. I ran stress tests for the graphics card and CPU and tested temperature differences.
When the room temperature stood at 25 ° C, in the open system the video card stood at 80 ° C in an effort and processor on the 67. In DF500 the temperatures were 83 and 72 ° C, respectively. This is an additional temperature which is not particularly significant. This computer system consumes approximately 380 watts in the measurement effort, which results in a very high heat emission.
For comparison, a system has Core i5 8400 and a GTX 1060 graphics card will show half or even less, and this is the kind of system I expect computer shops and gamers to assemble.
In conclusion, I think that this is one of the surprising packages I have encountered in recent years and a trend that I will be happy to see with other companies. Considerable emphasis is placed on improving the quality of the important areas, and cutting costs elsewhere where gamers are less important.
Among the disadvantages of this enclosure it is important to note things like the filter to provide the power that I would prefer to be removable and much compressed, the same pieces of iron are ripped from the expansion bars to the motherboard cards and the relative volume is limited with space for only two 3.5 drives per inch. Also, I think a way to further enhance this enclosure without significantly increasing costs would be that instead of a little plastic blocker the front will be made of iron fire that contains a dust filter as part of it. While the LED lights appear to be slightly damaged, the flow of air will improve significantly.
Among the advantages of this package I will mention the great price, the fans included in this price, the fact that the removable filters contain magnets, the speed of construction as a result of the minimalist interior design and the great location for wiring that will contribute to all the other features I mentioned.
Choosing the Editor, Best Value - Antec DF500 RGB
Antek's DF500 RGB receives our prestigious Editor's Choice Award along with the Best Value Award. 260 NIS, a lot of features that you specify Gamers And a great trend that I would be happy to see with other products of this kind. rise and succeed.