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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

Final Thoughts

 

Let's be super honest here. The Xigmatek Midgard II we just looked at not too long ago does offer a bit more of a feature set for near the same price. In defense of the Raider, the Midgard II doesn't have the sleek, simple, slightly rounded exterior that I know everyone likes.

 

They both have the ability to remove part of the drives, but the Raider takes the native USB 3.0 connection issues to a new level of awesome. Personally the adapters out there, well, kind of suck! I like that BitFenix did the obvious here and just added a USB 2.0 tail to the USB 3.0 lead to make either connection as simple for the user as possible. I like the slider style fan controller here, as it makes slamming the fans on full speed just as easy as gently dialing the fans back for better sound levels while not gaming.

 

The included fans are near silent when the fan controller has them at low speed. For testing both the fans and the controller, all three of the included fans are connected to each other to obtain my results. I found that the fan when moved to the high position didn't offer much more CFM and equally a limited amount of noise gets added. With the potential for the fan controller to power two other fans as well, if you have aftermarket cooling for the CPU and GPU, both fans could also be on the slider and allow you to drop the noise levels of everything with one finger. For the run of testing I do to the chassis I found the temperatures to be in the average range with the provided fans. With the options to install a pair of 200mm fans, that can only get better.

 

For those of you on that large slab of rock on the other side of the globe, you should be able to hop onto any of your favorite e-tailers that carry BitFenix cases and find one with limited issues. The lowest price I saw in the UK market was right around £64. For those of you sitting on this big rock called the Americas, well, you have two options right now. One of them is Frozen CPU.com and the other is HeatsinkFactory.com, both of which are pennies apart near $95. While I have seen better equipped cases for this amount, you are going to be hard pressed to find these options that are here, in a case that looks this damn good!

 

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