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Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case

  • Steel
  • ATX Full Tower
  • Up to 9 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Owen S.
  • 2/4/2016 6:23:41 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust what I wanted

Pros: Fits a lot of drives, plenty of room for fans and GPU, cable management, et al. Part installation is easy and roomy. Build quality is very good and I think it looks quite lovely.

Cons: Doesn't come with a rear fan or complimentary PSU, or a brick of gold inside. Really though, the only con is its size, but if you don't need the space for more HDDs or GPUs, Antec offers smaller cases. It's just a matter of need and preference.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this if you have a lot of hard drives, need good air cooling, or think that down the road you will be upgrading your machine.

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  • Charlene L.
  • 1/31/2016 10:39:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBig but everything fits!

Pros: Big but everything fits without having to cram it in there. Lots of room for additions.

Cons: Make sure you have the space for this.

Other Thoughts: I will change the lights to red to suit myself

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  • John S.
  • 1/7/2016 9:37:13 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLeaves something to be desired

Pros: Nice large case, more than enough room for ALMOST everything.

Cons: Don't buy this expecting to put in a 240MM radiator, even the ones ANTEC makes will not fit.

Other Thoughts: The upper and lower tanks on the double cooler hit.

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  • Brian A.
  • 12/30/2015 8:29:22 PM

2 out of 5 eggsIt's time to retire this case.

Pros: The best thing about this case would be the six fans it comes with. They do a fantastic job of keeping your rig air cooled. And they have a nice blue glow, which is my favorite color—so there's that. Hooked up to a good motherboard, the fans won't run at top speed all the time, so they're very quiet.

The case is largely made of steel, so it is strong.

The side window is large, so you can show off your gear.

You can place your power supply at the bottom of the case.

The three front filters and the one side filter prevent a lot of dust from ever reaching your CPU and GPU fans.

The side panels are very easy to remove.

Cons: As big and heavy as this case is, it is horribly crowded front to back. If it were another two inches longer, it would be fairly roomy. As it is, the same front fans and filter assemblies doing such a great job of keeping the case cool and clean also rob precious space needed for cabling. The rear of your SSD and hard drives will practically touch the motherboard, so cables will be fighting with each other for elbow room, as you struggle to put your rig together inside the smallest big case I've ever seen. Once the three drive trays go in, the interior of this case shrinks fast.

There is no included 2.5 to 3.5 adapter tray for SSD drives.

This case no longer comes with an internal speaker, needed for troubleshooting. It used to. But someone is trying to squeeze profits a little too hard.

The blue LED glow of five out of six fans cannot be turned off without breaking something.

The power switch is EASY to hit by mistake. You must use BIOS to change require holding it down four full seconds before powering off. Otherwise, you will turn the computer off when plugging or unplugging headphones, moving the case, or even just touching the case. It's not recessed. It's located in a spot you would naturally grab. It looks good, but was ill-conceived.

The front headphone & microphone jacks aren't labeled in any way.

Each of the three bay cages are held in place by eight thumb screws, four on each side. To remove a cage, you have to remove both side panels and eight thumb screws. The filters cannot be cleaned otherwise. I think I did that one time before removing all screws from the right side (as seen from the front) and two on the left side, that each cage is held in place by two screws. Even that is probably one too many. Unless the computer is mounted on a mechanical bull, you do not need eight screws per cage. This is one of the dumbest designs I've ever seen in a computer case.

The V3 version of the case has cheap thumb screws: knurled plastic molded onto regular machine screws. These used to be all metal, much nicer, much higher quality. Again, someone is trying to squeeze profits out of this overpriced beast.

The fans use three-pin connectors, not four, which is what you find on new motherboards. The fans turn at full speed; the motherboard will not be able to alter the fan speeds based on temperatures. The motherboard will detect how fast the fans are turning, for whatever good that does. The fan cables will likely prove too short to reach all available motherboard connectors. And there are six of them. I had to buy a two way (for the rear fans) and a three way Y adapter (for the front fans) to connect all six fans to the three motherboard headers on my motherboard, costing me another $20.

I already mentioned how the case ends up too small front-to-back. It's also too small side-to-side. Specifically, there's not enough room between the motherboard and right side panel to route thicker cables (such as the big ATX cable) out of the way. Big power cables get to take up room needed to effectively run drive cables.

One final kick in the pants: Your graphics card will not easily bolt down to its port at rear of the case. With both cases I've bought (six years apart, mind you), I have to push the rear of the case forward to get the GPU bracket to align with the rear port enough to bolt the card into place. And I mean push hard. No telling what this means for the motherboard or graphics card over the long term.

Other Thoughts: In 2009, when I first bought one of these, it was the biggest, baddest kid on the block. Most cases were much smaller and very cheap-looking. The 1200 appealed most to those who could afford it (over $200 at the time). They are cheaper now, because they were overpriced then, and because select features have been reduced.

Today, you can get cases that will afford a more pleasurable building experience. I would never buy another Antec 1200. This design wasn't the best when introduced; today, it just makes you wish you had shopped around a little more. Thermaltake, especially, offers a wide range of attractive alternatives.

The Antec 1200 has serious drawbacks that making building a real headache. The design needs to be thrown out—not revised.

To be a contender again, the Antec 1200 would need the following: Fan filters that can be removed without unscrewing and moving entire drive cages. Twice as much room between the motherboard and right side panel. Tighter tolerances for easily mounting PCIe cards. Fan LED lighting that can be disabled. Longer fan cables. Y adapters for all the fan cables. At least one 2.5 to 3.5 bay adapter for SSD drives. More cable ties. Cable guides behind the motherboard. More room between the rear of the drive cages and the side of the motherboard. All-metal thumb screws. A recessed or smartly designed power switch. Labels for the front headset and microphone jacks. More flexible cabling for the front USB ports. An internal speaker.

So, basically, it would need to become another case entirely.

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  • Matt W.
  • 12/27/2015 12:18:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSturdy Strong Tower

Pros: -Roomy
-Lots of air flow

Cons: -The 3 USB 3.0 ports on the front stopped working and broke off within the first few weeks of use.

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  • N/A
  • 11/8/2015 9:45:29 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFour years later, still going strong!

Pros: This is a review for the V3 1200 case.

Have had this case running practically daily since I bought it in 2011. No abnormal noises from the fans or any loss in power. All of the LED's still work as well. Having the modular design for the hard drive bays is probably my favorite part, I bought a 980 TI and I wouldn't fit because I had a drive in bay two, so I just unscrewed the anchors on the drives and 30 seconds later the drive was out of the way and in the bottom of the case. The removable dust filters for the front fans are also fantastic, makes cleaning the fans extremely easy.

Cons: The first case I was shipped was dented in the back, like someone had used a power screwdriver on the rear panel screws. Newegg RMA'd it the next day.

Other Thoughts: If you can get a good price on the V3 it's totally worth the money. Everything about this case feels solid and it looks real sharp if you keep it clean.

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  • N/A
  • 9/17/2015 6:07:29 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Case, how quiet the sound...

Pros: This is an awesome case, and is the best one I have owned. It is a very sturdy and heavy case. This amazing case is made with thick gauge steel, and the edges are rolled so you don't have to worry about cuts. I love that the metal is all painted black, even inside. Looks sharp! The drive cages are removeable. Every fan has its own speed control. The front fans are controlled by knobs mounted on the front of the drive cages and the rear fans are controlled by switches mounted on the rear of the case. You can tell just by picking up the case that it's well made and worth every dollar it costs. It will last a lifetime. The acrylic window is tastefully done (not too large) and is a nice touch. Plenty of airflow. I really cannot say enough about how I enjoy this case. Fans are good quality, black plastic, but with leds to give it a nice look. The LEDs aren't too bright. Excellent cable management.

Cons: No tool-less drive bays. Drive bays must be removed to install hard drives. No 3-pin fan to molex adapters, so if you motherboard does not have at least 6 fan connectors you will need to buy some. The top 200mm fan required more power than my motherboard put out of the fan connectors so i had to plug it into a molex adapter right off the bat. None of this was enough to deduct an egg.

Other Thoughts: I really was worried about the brightness of the LEDs in the fans, but it turns out that they were just right. I really appreciated that the fans were not clear plastic because that looks cheap to me. Hard drive mounting requires extra-long non-standard screws to mount into the drive bays, but those screws are all included with the case.

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  • N/A
  • 8/25/2015 5:30:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMonster

Pros: If you are looking for a case to hold everything, cool it down efficiently, and look awesome, this case is for you. Love this thing, keeps all my stuff very

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: Its freaking huge, so if you have limited space, i would recommend another case.

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  • 8/16/2015 5:23:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggslow quality

Pros: large size, good airflow, cable management.

Cons: Just put the new computer together today, decided to purchase Antec because my previous mid-tower was really good quality.

This one was disappointing, top attachment is flimsy and held together by a very weak piece of plastic that could easily break off.
Part of the case was bent so my friend and I had to use some tools and correct it.

other than that, everything else is in good shape but the top attachment is really not well made and could use an upgrade at this price.

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  • N/A
  • 8/13/2015 6:13:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs"Big Boy" 200mm fan not working.

Pros: -Huge case (Fits my Sapphire R9 390)
-Moveable disk drive bays
-Each fan has an individual screen to easy clean out dust, and of course, pretty lights.

Cons: -"Big Boy" fan that is mounted to the top of the case does not work. Worked for about 5 hours went to sleep woke up and no longer worked.

Other Thoughts: I was so excited to use this case I read reviews, etc. I felt like a kid at Christmas (both getting my new graphics card and this case at the same time). I went to hook everything up, turned it on and the top fan was not moving. I gave it a LITTLE push and BOOM! it was spinning on its own and looking good while doing it (the blue LEDs). I then went to sleep and allowed some games to download off STEAM and woke up to find that it was no longer working. Restarted the machine several times, tried different headers on my motherboard and nothing. I then decided to use a 12v battery with fuses to see if the fan would work that way and I didn't receive any type of feedback from it to indicate it was in working condition. I am disappointed in receiving a case that 'mostly' works. Although it is a little difficult to complain when there are so many perks to this case.

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