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BitFenix Pandora ATX Full-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 20, 2016 1:16 am
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Inside the Pandora ATX

 

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We removed the front bezel to find the ICON display mounted to the back of it, near the top, but centered. The front of the chassis offers a long clip in dust filter for the intake, and while there is a single 140mm fan here now, there is plenty of room for 360mm or 280mm worth of radiator to go there instead.

 

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The first look inside the Pandora ATX shows us a large main compartment at the top, and a lower section, divided off by the PSU cover. For transit, the wiring is run behind the motherboard tray, and this ensures that they can never touch the window and cause any damage to it.

 

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In the front, we find no optical drive bays, but we can see two trays for 2.5" drive mounting stuck to the motherboard tray. Inside the bezel, we see the black 140mm fan, and this also leads your eyes to the deep cutout here to allow fans and a radiator without issue with the PSU cover.

 

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Removing the top panel is the easiest way to gain access to fan and radiator mounting, but keep in mind, the wiring is attached to it. In this design, you could have the fans in the main compartment and a radiator in this well, or vice versa, but either way, you can again opt for a 360mm or 280mm cooling solution.

 

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The motherboard tray offers two wiring holes across the top, and a pair with grommets down the right side, along with fifteen wire tie points. The CPU cooler access hole is sufficient in size, and the standoffs come installed in the tray for ATX motherboards.

 

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On the top of the PSU cover, just below the motherboard try, we find a hole with a grommet along the back edge, but we find two new plates. The one to the left is for 3.5" or 2.5" drive mounting, and the plate to the right, covered with foam, is a pump mounting plate.

 

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Inside of the back of the Pandora ATX chassis, we find the second fan, a 120mm fan this time to exhaust the chassis. Below it, we see that the ventilated expansion slot covers are held in place with thumbscrews.

 

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Behind the right side panel, we find another pair of trays to house 2.5" drives on the left side. The wiring has been tended to with the use of Velcro straps, ran through loops in the motherboard tray. In the open lower section, we finally find the box of hardware sent along with this case.

 

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At the front of this large opening, there is another pair of 3.5" drive trays, and like the rest, are split into tracks and are held in place with a thumbscrew. Usage of the one to the right depends on the PSU chosen as well.

 

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At the back of the chassis, we found four rubber pads on the floor to support the PSU. With the open floor, this allows the PSU to be installed with the fan down, giving it access to air flow that the PSU would cut off if you tried installing the PSU with the fan on top.

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