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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

Inside the BitFenix Raider

 

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The first look inside the case shows the wiring for the I/O has been run behind the tray and back into the case for transit. This also means there is a fair amount of room there for your wiring. There is a box of hardware, but it is tucked in the front of the ODD bays and is not visible from this angle.

 

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The four ODD bays, or the 5.25" bays all have tool-free mechanisms on this side to easily keep the devices in place. Keep in mind the wiring has to go through the top of the case here as well, so the top bay could be partially blocked depending on how you've routed the I/O panel wiring.

 

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There are six total drive bays for both 3.5" drives as well as 2.5" drives. At the very top of this assembly there a dedicated 2.5" drive spot making up that extra 2.5" bay. One thing to note is that the mid section is removable to extend the room here to 380mm.

 

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To remove the midsection you must first remove the three plastic trays. On the side you will locate a thumbscrew, remove it and then slide the left plate to you, it will then go free and you can set this aside. This also allows the top one, of the two fans in the front, to blow more directly into the chassis.

 

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Inside of the top of the Raider you can see that with the top in place, the clips fill the large holes we saw before. I'm sure if you get creative you can mount other fans, but the provided mounting is strictly for a 200mm fan.

 

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The motherboard tray has a good offset to allow things behind it. Where the board sits is in a lowered section of the tray and as with my board, it made some of the SATA ports unusable. There are good options around the tray as far as holes with grommets, cutouts and wire tie points.

 

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In the rear of the case you can see you have good access to the tubing and wiring holes at the top of the chassis. The seven expansion cards use hex-head screws to secure your cards and there is plenty of room for longer PSUs, but not if you want to install the optional 120mm fan in front of it.

 

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Behind the motherboard tray there is plenty of room to wire just about anything you need anywhere you want it to go. There is extra room behind the hard drive bays for the larger bundles. But you will see it can take quite a lot of cabling here.

 

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Just as a rough idea of the space, my tape shows just about 15/16 of an inch of room. For those using the metric system it equates roughly to 24mm of space for your cables.

 

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The pair of USB 3.0 connections was a real "facepalm" moment when I saw what BitFenix has done. They simply added a USB 2.0 tail to them to make the switch for users' super simple with no adapters. The rest of the wiring has the button controls, five fan header and Molex power for the fan controller.

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