Right off the bat I have to discuss the damage to the Ghost. There is something funny that went on here and I don't think anyone would have picked up on it until this case was delivered to whoever was lucky enough to get it - in this instance it was me. The reason no one would have caught this is that I strongly believe this chassis was dropped at the factory before it went into the box. With the amount of force required to snap the base of the chassis and shear off all of the front bezels support system, and the packaging has only a few rub marks with occasional snags here and there. The cardboard box and the foam were in perfect condition, and had it not been for the rattling I was hearing, until I took the tape off the bezel and it moved did I have any idea what had happened. I'm just glad that I got this issue and it wasn't a chassis that made it out to BitFenix customers.
The Ghost as a mid-tower chassis with a $100 price tag, but the feature set is jam packed. Let's see now, there is the NanoChrome coating that has never been done before, there is the Serenitek sound proofing that is brand new as well, and we can't forget the S4 hot swap bay on the top with SATA III speed. While we are there I may as well cover the room in the top for either the fans or a radiator, and with plenty of room inside, above the motherboard tray, water cooling in the Ghost is easy to achieve. I also like that that front door can swing in either directions as simply as squeezing a clip and pushing the hinge into the other side. This is something that every case maker should take notice of because this is how you do it right.
I know there are only two 120mm Spectre fans included, and the choice to use the Noctua CPU cooler isn't going to add any noise, I really wanted to see what their idea of silence was. As the machine booted and I stepped back to take the images, if it weren't for the lights glowing, I wouldn't have known it was on. I literally had to be within a foot of the case before I could even hear a slight hum. Not only that, but you really don't hear much of anything until you get near the back of the chassis. With the sound proofing in the front and on the sides, the Ghost really is silent in operation. I kind of skipped over the lights as I mentioned them, but with the 30cm Alchemy kits under the Ghost it adds a mist that it floats on, and you can make that mist any color you wish, just make sure to set aside a little more money for them.
I am willing to overlook the damage, because I know the guys over at BitFenix, and whether it be my case, or if it should be your unluckiest day and you got this chassis, those guys would put things in motion as soon as possible to rectify the situation and keep you as a customer happy. This is because even though mine is slightly modified, I still want to use it for a daily driver. Never have I seen a case at the $99.99 price point that has silence, subdued styling, yet covers all of your needs and adds a bit of optional flash to users who like LEDs.
I have to give credit where it is due, and BitFenix won me over with the Ghost, and this mid-tower chassis is going to be in a lot of homes this Christmas - that is my guess.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [BitFenix Ghost Chassis]
- Page 5 [Inside the Ghost]
- Page 6 [Inside the Ghost Continued]
- Page 7 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 8 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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