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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

The Build and Finished Product




As I mentioned, in order to install the optical drive, you need the top off to remove the front bezel. Once the bezel is off, you can now remove the bay covers and if needed some of the steel left in the 5.25" bays. This is also when you should add that 200mm fan if you have one.




All packed back up and ready for the last go-around before we power up the Raider and see what happens then. The drive does break up the facade as it is very much rounded and the drive is flat as a board. Either way I like this design, even if the drive doesn't look so hot, personally I would leave it out.




Inside the chassis I only had slight trouble aligning the expansion cards in the back of the case, but I got that sorted with a touch of brute force. With the midsection of drives removed, you can see SLI or X-Fire won't be an issue even with longer cards - 380mm worth, in fact!




I already addressed the expansion slots and the rest of the rear of the chassis was in line for the PSU and rear I/O plate. I really do like the extra pass through for wiring, something no one thinks about when offering tubing holes and saying they are "water cooling ready" without even a PCI cover with access.




Behind the tray I grouped as much of the wiring together as I could to stress the amount of room available here. Even with five leads back here including the 24-pin and 8-pin EPS and the front I/O wiring, the Raider ate it all for breakfast as the door slides on past it.




The last image before we add the cord and get to working everything, like the fan controller and see what sort of LEDs it has that may or may not disrupt the environment its places in.




Adding the cord and powering up the Raider, there is nothing really visible going on with the chassis and to be quite honest, there isn't much of the sound level rising with the Raider either.




It isn't until you spin the Raider around that you get any real indication of it being powered up. From the distance I was at for this image, I could barely hear the chassis and the only LEDs to bother you are the blue LED designating PC power and the red LED the flashes designating HDD activity.

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