BitFenix Alchemy Cables
I made comparative charts for you to be able to get the big picture about what each manufacturer is offering. The BitFenix cables have three key advantages when shopping for cables. More length options, more color choices and of course a cloth covering. At the time of the review then, BitFenix offered them direct, whereas now Performance-PCs.com is keeping the same pricing from $4.99 to $9.99 depending on the cable.
I've gone back and used images from the last review, because obviously they aren't still in the packages. While we will only be covering the 24-pin, the 8-pin EPS, a 6-pin GPU and 3-pin fan extension cable, with the BitFenix cables, they come shipped in a cellophane bag with a folded over cardboard top stapling it all closed.
With Alchemy cables, you obviously get the cloth covering on all of the cables, but on the larger power delivery cables there is absolutely no heatshrink tubing used in the process of making these. The cloth goes all the way to the metal terminal where it is crimped with the wire. Another thing I like about these Alchemy cables, it's that the wire inside seems to be more pliable and with the cloth covering it allows these cables to make natural bends and graceful turns.
The Alchemy cables that do not have wiring can be easily fit in the connector, such as the fan and USB extension. There is 5.5mm of black heatshrink tubing visible to hold the cloth in place for these extension cables.
A couple of things that must be said! The availability of seven color choices is a huge benefit to BitFenix. Black, White, Red, Blue, Orange, Silver and Green to choose from and many ways to mix and match, the possibilities are exponential to what sort of customization you can come up with. Size is also important! Why pay for more wire than can fit cleanly when BitFenix offers various lengths of each kind of cable so you can buy as much or as little as you need.