- Created on 19 October 2008
When it comes to building a gaming PC, cool is best, especially if the overclocking of the processor for enhanced performance is going to be undertaken. With this in mind, Antec released the Twelve Hundred tower case. The Twelve Hundred is the top of the Antec Gamer case range and boasts a multitude of features that would take most gamers interest.
The Antec Twelve hundred has a rigid pressed steel chassis with one clear side panel, one solid black side panel and a perforated black mesh front panel. The clear side panel allows clear sight of the mainboard and components, much like other gamer cases. The front of the case has two USB ports, one eSATA and HD audio in/out ports for easy access.
Inside, the Antec 1200, boasts space for a full size ATX motherboard, 12 drive bays (can be either 3.5" or 5.25") each four of which are served by a 120 x 25 mm special blue LED intake fan with a front speed control on the front panel. Beyond the cooling for the drive bays, there are three further fans for optimum cooling of installed components (1 top special 200 x 30 mm blue LED exhaust fan with 3-speed switch control (LEDs can be switched off as well) and 2 rear 120 x 25 mm special blue LED exhaust fans with 3-speed switch control) and mounting points for a further two 120mm fans for intensive cooling of graphics cards. Also there is a water cooling platform for housing a reservoir or pump, if you want to take the water cooling option. The blue LEDs in our opinion give the Antec Twelve Hundred case apt look for a gaming machine. The Antec 1200 doesn't come with a power supply which reduces the overall cost and gives more choice over the build.
We had no problem installing the a motherboard and drives , the case was well finished, with no sharp edges, and there was plenty of room for convenient routing of internal cabling. The case had an overall solid feel to it, similar to other Antec cases in the range, and the low of air throught the case was phenomenal with obvious improvements in system temperatures.
If you want to build the ultimate gaming PC to show off at LAN parties, the Antec 1200 case certainly fits the bill, providing excellent cooling facilities, massive room for upgrade and the all important visibility factor with the blue fan LEDs. If you find builds with LEDs a little on the garish side though, this probably isn't the case for you, as although some of the LEDs are switchable, you won't be able to turn them all off without replacing fans.
Amazon: Antec Twelve Hundred - Tower - ATX - no power supply - USB/Audio/E-SATA