Antec’s Eleven Hundred
Antec’s Eleven Hundred appears to be an attempt to combine the value of the company's sturdy Three Hundred with some of the features of its mid-market Nine Hundred. We find medium-duty steel nearly everywhere except for the plastic face panel and side window, the latter of which allows a complete view of your high-end components.
A rectangular vent on the Eleven Hundred’s side window supports two 120 mm fans, and each fan mount has two grommets to reduce fan noise.
Borrowing some of the style cues from Antec’s older products, the Eleven Hundred’s top-edge front-panel connectors are easy to reach, regardless of whether the case is on or under a desk. Cables usually dangle in front of optical drives, but most users open those infrequently anyway.
Inside The Eleven Hundred
Tall enough to support up to XL-ATX motherboards, the Eleven Hundred’s nine slots give users of standard ATX boards extra space to combine oversized graphics cooling and slot breakout plates in the same system.
Rear vents help equalize pressure inside and outside the enclosure, though the vents lack dust filtration. Builders in dirty environments may instead opt to add fans, assuring that air flows out of, rather than into, these vents.
Behind The Eleven Hundred
Antec adds a 120 mm fan mount behind the Eleven Hundred’s motherboard tray, which builders can use to assist cooling at the back of the CPU socket.
Grommets on rear-panel ingress/egress holes help keep you from scratching up tubing when this chassis is used with external liquid coolers.
An LED on/off switch for the top-panel fan occupies one of four positions on the Eleven Hundred’s rear fan controller. The other three holes remain unused, making this extra feature more of a tease than anything. Though some of our builders prefer to let motherboard headers control fan speed, others will be unhappy to find this untapped potential.
Eleven Hundred Cable Management
The Eleven Hundred has enough space behind its motherboard tray to route thick ATX cables through four large rectangular access holes. Grommets help make the cables less visually distracting as they pass through, while cable tie loops help builders pin excess length into a tidy location.
An even larger access hole aids CPU cooler support plate installation.
Eleven Hundred Filtration
In addition to a filter inside its snap-off face panel, Antec’s Eleven Hundred includes a slide-out power supply dust filter.
Eleven Hundred Intakes
As delivered, the Eleven Hundred uses exhaust fans to pull air through various vents. But enthusiasts who want even more airflow and better dust control can add up to two 120 mm fans in the front panel, behind a snap-away face with filtered vents.
Top Panel Exhaust
One of the Eleven Hundred’s design strengths may also be considered by some to be a weakness. Its top-panel 200 mm fan quietly pulls air past the CPU cooler. But the large vent lacks the extra holes that would have allowed it to be repurposed as a radiator mount.
In other words, the Eleven Hundred is large enough to hold a dual-fan liquid cooler, but requires minor modifications to do so. Our next page will show a case that has the necessary mounting holes for large liquid cooling (but instead lacks the required mounting space; whoops).
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer
Only 19” tall, but a full 9” wide, Cooler Master adds modern style and cooling space to the classic mid-tower stance in its Storm Enforcer. A window helps show off those over-sized CPU coolers. A half-length door at the top hides 5.25” bays.
Storm Enforcer Front Panel
The Storm Enforcer’s front-panel connectors are located along the top edge and angled upwards to ease access from above, which is perfect for anyone who hides their PC under a desk. Don't worry if you keep your computer up on a desk. The connectors are still accessible, and the drive door actually pushes dangling cables out of the way.