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BitFenix Pandora Window Micro-ATX Slim-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Other Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 5, 2014 3:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 79%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Inside the Pandora Continued

 

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After removing a screw from the motherboard tray, and another from the floor, the rack slides to the back and lifts out. Under that cover, we find the option to install a 3.5" drive, or a 2.5" drive, but when using a 180mm long PSU, a 3.5" drive will be very tight.

 

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The motherboard tray offers a place for fan wiring and an eight-pin lead to pass at the top. It also offers a large, well-placed cutout for cooler access. The standoffs are already installed for Micro-ATX motherboards, and with the entire bottom edge open and the two large holes to the right, wiring should be pretty simple.

 

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The power supply goes at the back, on the bottom, and the Pandora offers four rubber pads to rest the PSU on. With the narrow width, a PSU will fit snuggly, but it will fit.

 

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Above the PSU, at the back of the chassis, we see the large opening for the I/O shield to go into. To the left, there is no room for a fan, so they opted for passive mesh to offer some cooling there. At the bottom, we find five ventilated covers currently held in with thumbscrews under a plastic cover.

 

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Most of the right side behind the motherboard tray offers only 6mm of space. To the left there is a bit more, closer to 15mm of space, but most of the wiring can go at the bottom of the chassis for the PSU, so the front I/O wiring is all there really is to contend with.

 

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As for that I/O wiring that you need to deal with behind the tray, here it is. There is a USB 2.0 connection from the TFT screen, HD audio, and button and LED connection from the panel, as well as the native USB 3.0 connector to power those ports on top of the chassis.

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