Antec Twelve Hundred Gamer Case Review: See Through

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The outside of the case box is well designed. It’s great to see a product speak for itself, but it’s also equally great for the manufacturer to proudly list the key primary points in all their simplicity. Why? Because this shows faith in a product that speaks for itself, something we give Antec always due credit.

Antec Twelve Hundred Gamer Case Review

In a blue and black aura aqueous reflective box, the Antec Twelve Hundred definitely stands out in terms of box design where it’s not just a piled on list of features that aren’t detailed for that gamer who wants the presentation to be quick and fast. Just like their games.

Antec Twelve Hundred Gamer Case Review

Taking it out, we can see from the image above that the case is fairly hefty in size and weight as we can see from the specifications. Weighing it on a scale for cross-check, it’s about 31.3 pounds. A little heavy, but this isn’t anything we can start rattling it for. The Antec Twelve Hundred is aimed for the professional builder looking for an enclosure with a considerable amount of space for all the bays and what not that is given, which we will detail later. Considering that, it’s just the right size.

Antec Twelve Hundred Top

On a more detailed look we can see a monumental 200 x 30mm fan on the top, something that would make a cooling enthusiast bulge his eyes out and hardware enthusiasts as well. The Twelve Hundred has a great digest on what it means for a case that advertises a cooling system to be great and useful. Ultimate performance per $ of fan coverage, and great performance per degrees Celsius for the heat exhaust of the case.

Antec Twelve Hundred Rear Fans

The Twelve Hundred additionally features two rear 120mm fans, three 120mm fans, and optional 120mm mounts to cool the graphics cards and the CPU. The top and rear fans feature three-speed switch control for maximum efficiency to control the speed of either each one of the rear fans, or both individually.

Antec Twelve Hundred Cooling Back

If you’re not an air person, the Twelve Hundred features a great water cooling platform that can be used to position a high speed Swiftech or Leadtek pump if you so choose. No need to get a drill bit and all of that. The drills are premade with grommets for extra edge protection. This case makes us feel safe inside through the things it offers so far, what else is left?

Antec Twelve Hundred Front

The front of the case provides an insight into the efficiency of airflow and pure functionality through I/O connectors. The fan control knobs for the 120mm fans protrude from the HDD cages, a great structural design to easily control the speed of the fan family in a more compact way than a three switch fan speed control. It just feels right, and works great to the benefit of the gamer who just likes the idea of everything being sleek and optimal. Without some turns, it might just get a bit too technical on the switch side. It’s great to see Antec make such a subtle, but great change to the cooling controls. The front of the fans are protected with washable air filters to reduce dust build up, which can easily be pushed out and removed for cleaning via a Methanol dry method or just plain water.

Antec Twelve Hundred Front 2

The I/O panels on the top include eSATA, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and HD Audio In and Out for easy access. Not only that, but the top structure itself comes with an accessory tray for portable media players, cameras, or any other smaller objects so you don’t end up losing it in the bin.

Antec Twelve Hundred Inside HDD

The Twelve Hundred retains the style that the Nine Hundred is well known for across the PC mod community with an industrial look, a black interior, and a windowed side panel for hardware magnificence. Everything in the case lights up a cool blue thanks to the top, rear, and side fans with an internal blue LED illumination, with the top one being the most strongest and switchable like lights in a room. There are around 3 x 5.25” default external bays and 9 x 3.5” internal bays. But don’t let this stop you from getting this case. These are in default conditions. You can start mixing HDD cages and then take 3 external and make it 9 external. Or take 6 external and make 6 internal. Either way, the possibilities are numerous.

An interesting design choice Antec decides to go with is a screw design for maximum vibration resistance. In addition, tool-less designs are prone to more noise, regular damage, and usually tend to have a greater support requirement. One of the key things Antec aims for is Quiet Computing.

Antec Twelve Hundred dB Emission

When drives run, they create a certain vibration through the dB emission across a full-ATX tower case through the element the case is built from. By enabling the use of silicone grommets and screws, the Twelve Hundred gaming case reassures a greater mount that actually works to prevent transmission of drive vibration across the chassis. We tested it with a dB measurement CCT device that allows a connector to the main vibration source, and measure the amount of dB being emitted from the entire extent of an area. The graph charts dB idle, and then dB on very high load on the entire PC itself. No longer do we need to cover our ears.


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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Saturday, June 21st, 2008
12:37 AM

30 Comments

30 Comments so far

  1. afirmitive June 21st, 2008 12:39 AM

    WOAH NICE

  2. afirmitive June 21st, 2008 12:39 AM

    i like very much ty

  3. IBKING91 June 21st, 2008 12:39 AM

    thanks for this beautiful review

    Monolith2001 replied on June 21, 2008 1:00 AM:

    It was a nicely detailed review like all the others ones ever done at WhatIfGaming. Loved it. Most of these have an incredible structure now. But still are unique every review. Adds a section here and there. Good stuff

  4. ceebz June 21st, 2008 12:40 AM

    Woah. Buying it from newegg. $215.

  5. Bdog June 21st, 2008 12:40 AM

    Epic.

  6. JoshDargie June 21st, 2008 12:41 AM

    Buying this. Thanks so much! Was almost getting a previous case from review

  7. bbflynn June 21st, 2008 12:42 AM

    Thanks very much. I respect your reviews a lot.

  8. venkatezh June 21st, 2008 12:42 AM

    Great indeed

  9. atl_rg June 21st, 2008 12:42 AM

    Awesome stuff

  10. ZepherX June 21st, 2008 12:43 AM

    Amazing review. Really love how you add sections when need be. Why don’t more fking do this? Oh right. college drop outs. =D

  11. Lajk192 June 21st, 2008 12:45 AM

    Nice nice. This is the case I’ve been looking for :)

  12. VenomXv June 21st, 2008 12:45 AM

    Thanks

  13. PCTechNerd June 21st, 2008 12:46 AM

    Amazing review

  14. genieinthebottle June 21st, 2008 12:47 AM

    Too heavy for me, but not my bf ;) he’ll get this. Been buying new PC parts. thx

  15. antaraa June 21st, 2008 12:49 AM

    Cool stuff

  16. IntelLover June 21st, 2008 12:49 AM

    Thanks for this. Love the entire review. Nice pics

  17. Memoryclocker June 21st, 2008 12:50 AM

    Bought it just now. ;D

  18. coop81 June 21st, 2008 12:50 AM

    Great. Detailed. Concise as always

  19. wiseguy272 June 21st, 2008 12:50 AM

    Thank you!

  20. Conjuredevil June 21st, 2008 12:51 AM

    Great review, thank you

  21. Pancakes June 21st, 2008 12:51 AM

    Thanks a bunch! Bought this. Was between this, or the armor.

    Monolith2001 replied on June 21, 2008 12:59 AM:

    Get it quick. It’s amazing

  22. PCEnthusiast June 21st, 2008 12:52 AM

    Seriously nice review. Cool

  23. FreedomPhantom June 21st, 2008 12:53 AM

    Loving this stuff. Thanks. Bought it as well

    Monolith2001 replied on June 21, 2008 1:00 AM:

    Same

  24. Vash63 June 21st, 2008 12:54 AM

    Can’t buy in India,

    But I import. Not much market here for this case, but I try to buy very much. Thank you

  25. RadianceGraphics June 21st, 2008 12:55 AM

    Hot graph, cooler case

  26. Apollodorus June 21st, 2008 12:58 AM

    Thank you so much for this. I will buy it soon when I have the $$.

  27. Monolith2001 June 21st, 2008 12:58 AM

    Can’t agree with this review any more. Had it on order before the review, and even more excited now. Thanks