Antec Eleven Hundred: The P280's Gloves Come Offby Dustin Sklavos on April 9, 2012 12:00 AM EST
Introducing the Antec Eleven Hundred
Towards the end of last year, I took a visit out to Antec's campus in Fremont to see two new cases: the headlining P280, and the shortly-to-follow Eleven Hundred. The P280 we've already reviewed; it's as much a complement to the existing P180 series as it is a refresh, but our review of the Eleven Hundred has been conspicuously absent since its launch. That's due to a combination of bad timing and the fact that, superficially, the Eleven Hundred has an awful lot in common with the P280, pushing other cases to the front of the line.
With the refreshed case testbed I decided it was time to take a look at the Eleven Hundred, if for no other reason than to at least get a comparison point that was similar to the P280 in our results. As it turns out, though the Eleven Hundred shares the same fundamental framework and chassis as the P280, the differences between the two are far more notable than they seem.
The chassis used as the foundation of the Eleven Hundred is identical to the one the P280 enjoys (including the fan power hub in the back), but the side, top, and front panels are all different, as is the stock cooling configuration. The result is an enclosure that looks similar in many ways, but has a few different strengths and weaknesses, and most definitely performs differently.
|Antec Eleven Hundred Specifications
|Motherboard Form Factor
|ATX, Micro ATX
|2x 2.5"/6x 3.5"
|4x 120mm intake (two in front of the drive cage and two internal)
|1x 120mm exhaust
|1x 200mm blue LED exhaust
|3x 120mm fan mounts (one behind the motherboard tray)
|Front I/O Port
|2x USB 3.0 (via motherboard header), 2x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
|Power Supply Size
|13" / 330mm
20.7" x 9.3" x 21.5"
527mm x 237mm x 546mm
Silicone grommets for side fans
USB 3.0 via motherboard header
Internal fan mounts
Toolless SSD installation
Fan mount behind motherboard tray
Molex-powered internal fan hub
If you go back and pore through our Antec P280 review, a lot of what you'll see with the Eleven Hundred will look very familiar. Specs are almost identical, but what's interesting is that the Eleven Hundred removes the option to mount a 240mm radiator to the top of the enclosure that the P280 has, instead replacing it with a massive 200mm exhaust fan. The fan control switches in the back are gone, too; the opening is still there since the Eleven Hundred uses the same basic chassis as the P280, but instead there's just a single switch to toggle the blue LED for the fan. The conclusion these elements (and more) lead up to is that though they share a chassis, the P280 was engineered for acoustics while the Eleven Hundred was engineered for performance.