Bitfenix Raider Mid Tower Case ReviewWed, Jan 18, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Final thoughts on the Bitfenix Raider
BitFenix has been busy churning out cases that target the sweet spot of the enthusiast market ranging from budget cases like this Raider to their high end Colossus full tower case.
We have seen several budget cases focused on the sub $100.00 market and each time they have more and more high end features trickling down. This is a great trend we have seen from other manufacturers as well such as Corsair and great we have another company following suit.
The BitFenix Raider’s high end feature list:
- Black interior
- Grommets on all cable pass through points
- Modular hard drive cage to allow for long GPU’s
- Tool free bays
- Plenty of airflow and places to mount fans
- Full USB 3.0 ports with USB 2.0 plugs for backwards compatibility
- Inclusion of their low dBA Spectre series fans
- All intake ports are filtered even the 5.25″ bay plugs
This really makes this case a great value for the buck and living with the BitFenix Raider a much more enjoyable experience. The soft touch finish and the clean mesh panel that goes from the font over the top is very stylish while allowing for excellent thermals. The top mounted 200mm fan port is a unique option and the bottom 120mm optional fan intake is a great touch. This case allows the mounting of up to five fans, with two being 200mm or four fans with three being 200mm variety. Quiet airflow should not be a problem in this case. We loved the USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 cables from the top I/O ports, what a ingenious design.
The only things we were a bit disappointed in were the low quality materials and how flimsy the grommets were by falling out easily. We also wished BitFenix had a mounting option for something other than a 200mm fan in the roof in case someone wanted a themed 120mm fan color. These are very minor and the material quality does not hamper usability. You do get what you pay for.
With a one year warranty and a street price of $89.95 + shipping from one of the boutique vendors currently carrying this BitFenix case we want to give the Raider the editor choice award for budget cases. We are not sure there is much more you could ask for from a sub $100.00 case in the mid-tower space.
Legit Bottom Line: Looking for a mid-tower case on a budget the BitFenix Raider is sure to please with many of features found on high end cases and good looks to boot.