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BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Mid-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 2:49 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: BitFenix

BitFenix Raider Mid Tower Chassis




Without all of the packaging to block the view, we can now see the Raider in full form. BitFenix used the SofTouch coating to line the outside edges of the front and top to enclose the large mesh area on both sections of the chassis. It also has a curved appeal to the front, much like that of the 600T. The sides are painted steel panels with just a couple of bumps to grab with your dingers at the rear.




The top of the chassis offers mesh from front to back as it splits the front I/O in two as they flank both sides of the mesh with bits of its contents.




The left side contains the super speed USB 3.0 ports along with a pair of 3.5mm jacks for the MIC and headphones. Something to note, since the top is removable, these devices are mounted to the top, so keep that in mind when wiring the Raider.




The right side of the I/O contains the power and activity LEDs, the power and reset buttons and lastly a slider fan controller for up to five fans inside the chassis.




Removing the top takes removing some of the tidying done with the wires from the factory. Once they are loose, when the top is removed, the wiring will slide out easily and allow this to happen. Removal of this panel is mostly to gain access to the fan screws that mount the fan in the top of the Raider.




Now you can see what I mean! There aren't any other fan holes pre-drilled in the roof besides the ones for the optional 200mm fan. With the opening they chose to use here, I can see where mounting smaller fans just isn't feasible. The long hole near the front is where the I/O wiring passes through.




In the back, at the top, there is the hole to grab for the tops removal followed on the case by a pair of water cooling holes with an additional wiring hole. Then you have the rear I/O next to the 120mm exhaust fan and seven expansion slots above the PSU.




Both sides of the chassis are identical, just an expanse of black texture painted steel with a pair of bumps to gain traction on the panel to open it.




Under the chassis you will see two dust filters toward the rear of the Raider. The one furthest back is for the PSU while the one in the middle is for an optional 120mm fan of your choice. As of yet there are no feet, they are in the hardware box packed inside the Raider.

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