So what have we gained from this little head to head of the available colored cabling solutions with individually sleeved cabling? To address just that, I want to cover it in three stages and I hope you can better see my take on why I was so pleased with what I initially saw with BitFenix Cables. I want to cover cost, aesthetics, and form and function. I think looking at only that before I cover the limitations or expanses of color choices should give you a much better perspective as to why I am going to stand behind every word I said previously and show you why I think BitFenix is the clear winner out of these three.
Cost is pretty simple to sort out. As for the BitFenix cable offerings, pricing starts as low as $4.99 and moves through the scale up to $10.95 for the more involved Alchemy cables. Very close in pricing, almost to the letter, were the NZXT Premium cables. With cables starting as low as $3.95 and again ending at $10.95, leaving these two pretty much tied for the lead. That leaves the ModRight CableRight solutions. These cables are priced to start at $5.99 and move up to $11.99 for their 24-pin cable. With the highest price of the three, ModRight didn't win, but they do come in for a close third place finish here.
The overall looks of the cables, to me, is the most important factor. I am much more willing to shell out for a professionally done custom solution as my custom 24-pin wire in the intro image shows. I am far from afraid of paying for quality. In my personal order of appeal, I prefer the flat texture and full covering of the cloth option in the Alchemy cables. That, along with the fact that the main powering wires all come secured without the use of heatshrink to distract the eye or make bends and routing a bit of a pain, is a great advantage to offer in custom cables.
In second place falls NZXT. I like their solution next because if I have to have heatshrink and plastic "mesh" over the wiring, the NZXT cables look more professional, and the all black heatshrink isn't all that bad to deal with; at least it all matches! ModRight, I feel bad for you. It seems you either have people who don't care to make cables working for you, or you just don't care or offer much in the way of quality control. Even the heatshrink, all 10mm of it, didn't go all the way into the connection as the NZXT wires do, they are just plain sloppy!
Again with the form and function aspect, BitFenix pulls in the lead, as they offer the most flexible and easy to use solution. It will allow for a natural sway in the wiring, and if you want as little to show as possible, Alchemy cables still offer the tightest bending radius without kinking or folding in the process. Both the NZXT and ModRight cables are much stiffer and will require more time and patience to get them to look natural inside of the chassis, or even to get them to fold right behind the tray so that the panel goes back on easily.
In my opinion being tied for first in pricing, taking a strong lead in aesthetic appeal and being the easiest of the three to work with, I don't see how one can argue what I said when I initially brought these cables to TweakTown. If anything, this just solidifies my statement, as with this head to head comparison, unless you are allergic to the cloth blend of the BitFenix cables, I can't see any reason to really choose the others. Since they are all available at Performance-Pcs.com, you can go have a look for yourself, but I think you will end up agreeing that BitFenix Alchemy cables offered in more colors than the other manufacturers are cheap as chips to get and do a stellar job for what they are intended to do. To me that is looking good while customizing and adding a splash of color, which is where NZXT and ModRight fall in this discussion.
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