Legit Case Reviews
Bitfenix Raider Mid Tower Case Review
|Date:||Wed, Jan 18, 2012 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Bill Hentschell -|
Outside the Bitfenix RaiderBitFenix has been using what they call "soft touch" as a material on the exterior of their cases lately and we have to admit it is really a nice looking feature that dresses up the case. For the BitFenix Raider they utilized this rubbery material up the front sides and around across the top with black mesh steel in between.
The front of the case has 4 knock outs in the black mesh for 5.25" devices and has nice rounded corners on the bottom. There is a large BitFenix logo at the bottom of the mesh panel and dual Specter 120mm filtered intake fans behind it.
The left side of this value case is simple steel panel with indentations to help you pull back the panel and open this side. We did notice that the panel is very thin and a bit flimsy but that is one of the trade offs you have to make for a budget minded case. It does its job to cover the components and manage air flow and dust well enough that the thinness is not much of an issue. Thicker panels just help with sound and vibration a bit more.
The back of the case has your typical reversible PSU mount with 7 ports above that and a Specter 120mm exhaust fan. They also included dual ports to run tube for external water cooling.
The right side of the BitFenix Raider looks just like the left, a solid black metal panel with grips to pull back the panel after you remove the thumb screws.
The top of the case is again all mesh and has four USB 3.0 ports, headphone and mic ports, power, reset, activity lights, and a fan controller switch.
The bottom of the case has filtered intakes for the PSU and optional bottom mounted 120mm fan. Also notice the four round areas that look like they are for feet. The feet are included in the pack below but not installed by default.
Back on top of the case the left side has four USB 3.0 ports, the mic, and the headphone ports all within easy access.
On the right side of the top are the power and reset buttons, power and HDD activity light, and a variable fan controller slider.
If you pull the top up it reveals the wires going to the top I/O and a large circle for an optional top mounted 200mm fan. It did not appear there were mount points for any other sizes so this is a case of go big or go home.
If you pull the front plate off the BitFenix Raider it reveals the top 5.25" bay open and below it are three steel knock outs you have break away if you want to use them. Under that section is the dual 120mm BitFenix Specter fans that are claimed to have very high noise to airflow ratios for silent cooling. You can also remove these and replace them with a single 200mm fan if you prefer.
The entire front panel of the Raider is filtered, even the individual 5.25" bay covers. This is a surprisingly nice touch for a budget targeted case that you do not even find in some higher end cases.
Finally, BitFenix includes an owners manual, rubber and chrome plastic feet, assortment of screws, speaker, and a few black zip ties for cable management.
Next Page - Inside the Bitfenix Raider
Page 1 - Bitfenix Raider Introduction
Page 2 - Unboxing the Bitfenix Raider
Page 3 - Outside the Bitfenix Raider
Page 4 - Inside the Bitfenix Raider
Page 5 - Installing a system in the Bitfenix Raider
Page 6 - Final thoughts on the Bitfenix Raider