Final Thoughts, Pricing, Conclusion

Final Thoughts

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The DF-30 gives power users a lot of unique options and features to think about when they consider their next mid-tower chassis upgrade. The front panel access doors in combination with available fan controllers give this case a considerable edge against other cases at this price point. The additional swappable 2.5″ drive bay at the top of the case is a great functional addition, but I’m not sure how many users will take advantage of it. Most users still use 3.5″ SATA hard drives for their secondary storage drives and I don’t know too many who can afford SSD’s for storage. It might have made more sense to add a swappable 3.5″ SATA drive bay instead.


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I also think Antec could have added a couple case handles to the top of the DF-30 and integrated these features seamlessly into the overall theme of the case. I personally would have liked more honeycomb windows on the side panel instead of acrylic, but I can’t complain too much with how Antec designed the exterior of the DF-30. It might have been cool to add covers over the PCI slots on the back of the case to match the covers Antec used over the optical drive bays.


Retail Pricing

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The Antec DF-30 mid-tower chassis is available at for $89.99 after mail-in rebate. Consumers can also purchase the DF-30 at for $94.88 and for $101.99.



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We’d like to thank our friends at Antec for providing the DF-30 mid-tower cases for our review today. Antec worked extremely hard in 2010 to meet the enclosure needs of enthusiasts and PC gamers and the DF-30 is proof that they did their homework with this target audience. The $89 (after mail-in rebate) price tag is perfectly positioned to make the DF-30 a unique option for those users looking for a standard mid-tower chassis with unique features that won’t be found with any other chassis in its price range or class. The DF-30’s interior and exterior design features made installation and usage an absolute pleasure, but I would have preferred a 3.5″ swappable drive at the top of the case instead of a 2.5″ drive bay. I’m sure Antec will continue to improve upon the feature set available with their Dark Fleet series and integrate more SATA3 and USB 3.0 options into their enclosures.

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  • Solid design and construction
  • All black exterior and interior chassis
  • Front panel access doors include two 120mm blue LED fans for better airflow properties
  • Affordable and small form factor



  • No tool-less installation options for optical bays, hard drive bays, and PCI slots
  • No blue LEDs on top 140mm exhaust fan
  • Optical bay covers not functional when added additional fan controllers or other optical bay devices 

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