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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

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




On the outside of the raider you are met with a sleek and understated bezel that is rounded to the sides of the case and to the top and bottom, just to a lesser degree. The SofTouch coating from BitFenix covers the thick sides of the front and removable top piece as both panels use the thick sides to support the large expanses of steel mesh installed into both areas.


Down the face of the Raider there is a long dropped U shape of mesh that houses the four 5.25" bays covers while the lower section of mesh is backed by a pair of Spectre 120mm fans and has a BitFenix logo at the bottom. The top of the chassis offers four USB 3.0 (swappable to USB 2.0) and audio jacks on the left front, while the right front hold the buttons, LEDs and the slider style fan controller. Down the center is another large expanse of mesh that can be backed by a 200mm fan optionally. The rest of the exterior of the chassis is pretty basic with plain side panels, but there is a pair of dust filters on the bottom of the Raider.


On the inside of the Raider you will find things like compatibility for Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards on the offset motherboard tray to allow room for wire management. There is room for up to four 5.25" drives behind each of the mesh covers, up to six 3.5" hard drives and seven spots if you are using 2.5" drives. Included in the chassis is a trio of 120mm fan, the two I mentioned in the front and one on the rear of the chassis. Optionally, you can swap the pair in the front for a 200mm fan, a 200mm fan can be added to the top and there is room for a 120mm fan on the floor. In the back under the exhaust fan you will find seven expansion slots for cards up to 380mm if you remove the center section of hard drive bays.


As I mentioned, in the markets abroad, the Raider has been doing a bit of circulation already. As I write this up, I can only find two e-tailers showing stock of this in the US. I mentioned that this would be a sub-$100 solution and from what I am seeing, it is just making it in under that mark. Both HeatsinkFactory and FrozenCPU are just under that mark with four pennies separating their pricing just less than $95 US dollars. Keep in mind, neither of them are offering free shipping, so you do need to consider another $15-$20 US dollars to that for the total price.

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