Antec DARK FLEET DF-35 User Manual

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THEADVANCED

DARKFLEET

 

GAMINGFORCE

U S E RM A N U A L

DF-35 USERSMANUAL

Congratulations on your purchase of the Antec Dark Fleet DF-35.

The DF-35is a completely unique chassis – massively convenient, but in a swifter, lightermid-towersize. It starts with the brilliant white LEDs set invariable-speed,knob-controlledFleet-Release™120 mm access door fans. They open to allow rapid access to theDF-35’s11 total drive bays and twoFleet-Swap™modular SATA interfaces, in ablacked-outpresentation interior with cable routing. Two more SATA bays – one external hotswappable bay on the front panel for convenience, and anotherfloor-mountedinside for internal SSDs – round out the feature set. Withfull-towercapability and convenience and swiftmid-towersize, theDF-35is the paradox that performs.

The DF-35comes without a power supply. Make sure you choose a power supply that is compatible with your computer components and has a long enough power harness to reach your motherboard and peripheral devices. We recommend our High Current, Signature Series, TruePower Quattro or TruePower New power supplies for the latest ATX specification compliance, broad compatibility, and power savings capability.

At Antec, we continually refine and improve our products to ensure the highest quality. As such, your new case may differ slightly from the description in this manual. This isn't a problem; it's simply an improvement. As of the date of publication, all features, descriptions, and illustrations in this manual are correct.

Disclaimer

This manual is intended only as a guide for Antec’s computer enclosures. For more comprehensive instructions on installing the motherboard and peripherals, please refer to the user’s manuals that come with those components.

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TABLE OFCONTENTS

SECTION1: INTRODUCTION

1.1Getting to know your case…………………………………………………. 5

1.2Case specifications…………………………………………………………. 6

1.3Before you begin…………………………………………………………… 7

1.4Locating and positioning your computer…………………………………... 8

SECTION2: HARDWARE INSTALLATION

2.1Setting up…………………………………………………………………... 10

2.2Motherboard installation…………………………………………………… 12

2.3Standard ATX power supply installation…………………………………... 14

2.4Cable management…………………………………………………………. 15

2.5Internal 3.5” device installation……………………………………………. 16

2.6External 3.5” device installation…………………………………………… 17

2.7Using Fleet-Swap™….……………………………………………………..18

2.8Using the top 2.5” hot-swapbay…………………………………………… 22

2.9External 5.25” device installation…………………………………………… 23

2.10Internal 2.5” device installation…………………………………………….. 24

SECTION3: FRONTI/O PORTS

3.1USB 2.0…………………………………………………………………….. 26

3.2AC’97 / HD audio ports…………………………………………………….26

3.3Power switch / reset switch / hard disk drive LED connectors……………. 27

3.4Rewiring motherboard header connections………………………………... 27

SECTION4: COOLING SYSTEM

4.1Included fans………………………………………………………………. 29

4.2Top 140 mm red LED fan…………………………………………………. 30

4.3Front 120 mm red LED fans ……………………………………………… 30

4.4Rear exhaust 120 mm TwoCool™ fans………………………………….... 31

4.5Optional fans.…………………………………………………………….... 31

4.6Washable air filters………………………………………………………... 32

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SECTION 1 INTRODUCTION

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1.1GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CASE

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Drive bays

Hardware mounts

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5.25” drive bays

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Motherboard standoffs (pre-

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3.5” drive bays

 

installed)

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Fleet-SwapSATA bays

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Power supply mounts

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2.5” internal SSD bays

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Front I/O ports

52.5” external hot-swap

Cooling

6 140 mm top TwoCool™ fan

7 120 mm rear TwoCool™ fan

8Fleet-Releaseaccess door modules w/front variablespeed 120 mm red LED fans

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1.2CASESPECIFICATIONS

CASETYPE

Mid Tower

 

COLOR

Matte black

 

DIMENSIONS

19.1″ (H) x 7.8″ (W) x 19.1″ (D)

 

485 mm (H) x 198 mm (W) x 486 mm (D)

WEIGHT

15.1 lbs / 6.9 kg

COOLING

1 x top 140 mm TwoCool™ fan

 

1 x rear white 120 mm TwoCool™ white-bladedfans with white LED

 

2 x front variable-speed120 mmwhite-bladedLED fans with white LED

 

1 x side 120 mm fan for graphics cards (optional)

DRIVEBAYS

6 x internal 3.5

″″

 

 

 

3 x external 5.25

 

1 x top external 2.5” hot swap SATA drive bay

 

2 x internal 3.5” Fleet-Swap™SATA drive bays (position changeable)

 

1 x internal bottom-mounted2.5” SSD bay

EXPANSIONSLOTS

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MOTHERBOARDSIZE

Mini-ITX,microATX, Standard ATX

 

 

 

FRONTI/O PANEL

2 x USB 2.0

 

 

AC’97 / HD Audio In and Out

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1.3BEFOREYOUBEGIN

In order to ensure that your building experience with the Dark Fleet DF-35will be a positive one, please take note of the following:

While working inside your Dark Fleet DF-35,keep your case on a flat, stable surface. Make sure your build area is clean,well-lit,and free of dust.

Antec cases feature rounded edges that minimize the occurrence of hand injuries. Nonetheless, exercise caution and control when handling case interiors. We strongly recommend taking the appropriate time and care when working inside the case. Avoid hurried or careless motions. Please use reasonable precaution.

Handle components and cards with care. Do not touch the components or contacts on a card. Hold a card by its edges. Hold a component such as a processor by its edges, never by its pins.

To avoid electrostatic discharge, ground yourself periodically by touching an unpainted metal surface (such as a connector or screw on the back of this computer) or by using a wrist grounding strap.

Before you connect a cable, ensure that both connectors are correctly aligned and oriented. Bent pins can be difficult to fix and may require replacement of the entire connector.

This manual is not designed to cover CPU, RAM, or expansion card installation. Please consult your motherboard manual for specific mounting instructions and troubleshooting. Before proceeding, check the manual for your CPU cooler to find out if there are steps you must take before installing the motherboard.

Do not sit on your case. Although it is constructed of heavy-dutysteel and internally reinforced, it is not designed to support the weight of an adult, and may buckle.

Remember to use the right tools for each task. Do not use improvised screwdrivers like coins, nails or knife blades as they may result in damage to screw threads or even injury. Do not use your fingernails to separate edges or lift the sides of the case, as paint chipping or injury may occur.

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1.4LOCATINGANDPOSITIONINGYOURCOMPUTER

Your DF-35has backwardsandtop-facingexhaust fans, as well asfront-mountedintake fans and one sidemounted front air intake. For optimum performance, we recommend leaving the front air intakes unobstructed.

When open, the DF-35’sFleet-Release™doors take up an additional 15.5 cm of space in the front. Since loading and unloading theDF-35’sinternalFleet-Swap™SATA bays through the doors will require opening and closing them, you may wish to leave space in front of the computer open for this purpose.

The DF-35can operate resting sideways as well as vertically. Do not rest theDF-35upside down (with the case feet up in the air), as this will impede operation of optical drives.

The DF-35comes with a top 2.5” Hot Swap drive bay. While it’s in a handy location, we do not recommend that users put anyliquid-containingitems (drinks, ice cream, coffee, perfume, etc.) on the drive bay. It was not designed for storage purposes.

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SECTION2 HARDWARE

INSTALLATION

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2.1SETTINGUP

Put the case upright on a flat, stable surface so that the rear panel (power supply and expansion slots) is facing you. To remove the left and right side panels, remove these thumbscrews:

Note: Place the panel thumbscrews aside carefully and remember where they are – they look very similar to the HDD cage thumbscrews, but they are NOT interchangeable.

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