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BitFenix Raider PC Tower

Bitfenix RaiderToday, we will be taking a look at the Raider. We have once again impressed with all that was offered. The look and shape of the Raider doesn’t really fall in the same category of simple square case like some of the units we have looked at lately. A mixture of subtle line with nice curves adds a sense of flair to the case. But looks are not the only thing we look for in case, so read on and see what else there is about the Raider.

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Bitfenix Raider

Bitfenix RaiderToday, we will be taking a look at the Raider. We have once again impressed with all that was offered. The look and shape of the Raider doesn’t really fall in the same category of simple square case like some of the units we have looked at lately. A mixture of subtle line with nice curves adds a sense of flair to the case. But looks are not the only thing we look for in case, so read on and see what else there is about the Raider.

Introduction to the BitFenix Raider PC Tower

We have had the opportunity to help BitFenix get the word across about their cases from the very beginning. We case we have review has been with features that are very unique as well as useful. But one feature that we have loved about BitFenix is price for all the features offered.

Today, we will be taking a look at the Raider. We have once again impressed with all that was offered. The look and shape of the Raider doesn’t really fall in the same category of simple square case like some of the units we have looked at lately. A mixture of subtle line with nice curves adds a sense of flair to the case. But looks are not the only thing we look for in case, so read on and see what else there is about the Raider.

BitFenix’s take on the Raider

Defeat system-crashing heat with Raider – the all-new performance chassis design from BitFenix. Unlike most other chassis that include run-of-the-mill fans, Raider comes equipped with three premium 120mm BitFenix Spectre™ Fans and a contoured mesh design for unstoppable cooling performance. The first chassis to offer four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, Raider is ready for the future, offering all the connectivity you need for your SuperSpeed peripherals. The integrated fan controller controls up to five fans, allowing you to customize your system’s cooling profile to suit the task at hand. DIY niceties like filtered intakes, tool-free drive locking mechanisms, rubber grommets and plenty of space behind the motherboard tray help you get up and running headache-free, and a removable hard drive cage wall means that Raider even accommodates expansion cards up to 38cm in length! To top it all off, Raider is coated in signature BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface Treatment for a quality matte finish and one-of-a-kind feel. Unstoppable performance and quality – that’s BitFenix Raider.

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Specifications

Materials

Steel, Plastic

Dimensions

210 x 500 x 493mm (ATX Mid Tower)

Motherboard Sizes

Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX

5.25″ Drive Bays

x 4

3.5″ Drive Bays

x 6

2.5″ Drive Bays

x 7

Cooling Front

2 x 120mm (included) or 1 x 200mm (optional)

Cooling Rear

1 x 120mm (included)

Cooling Top

1 x 200mm (optional)

Cooling Bottom

1 x 120mm (optional)

PCI Slots

x 7

I/O

4 x USB3.0, HD Audio

Power Supply

PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)

Features

Four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports
Maximum Airflow Design
BitFenix Spectre™ Cooling
Integrated Fan Controller
Superb Expansion
BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface Treatment
Trouble-Free Installation

Closer look at the Exterior

The Raider comes in just one color and that is black. The case is almost a perfect square as the measures 20” deep and 20” tall. At some a height the case is considered a mid-tower. When empty the Raider weighs a mere twenty pounds. Granted the specs that I just rambled off aren’t anything special, but the Raider is special and very future proof.

Like it was stated earlier the Raider has a nice mixture of lines and curves that will keep it from being called simple. The side corners are covered with BitFenix patented SofTouch covering. We have said it plenty of times before but this is ideal for those that are afraid of the dinks and scratches that mysteriously appear on cases after some time of sitting around. The rest of the front is all mesh giving the case a nice gamers’ edge without over doing it.

Optical bays are commonplace in all cases and this one is no different. It has a total of four of them. Each mesh cover plate has a layer of filter to help stop dust from entering. The rest of the front facial is mesh with the BitFenix logo sitting at the bottom.

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Removing the top panel first will allow you to release the front panel. With it removed you can see the two installed Spectre 120mm cooling fans. The fans are rated at 1000 RPM with a low noise level of 20 dBA.

BitFenix eliminate windows and side-thru side panels from the Raider leaving us with simple sides.

The top of the case flows very well with the front. A thick row of mesh with a strip of SofTouch surfaces on each side. Here also sits the four USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks on the left.  On the right is the power and reset buttons but there is also a slider switch for the single channel fan controller.

Removing the top panel we see that there is room for a 200mm cooling fan which is not included. Removing the panel is a simple task because that needs to be done is lifting up on the panel.

The rear of the Raider is nothing to jump up and down about but it does offer all the simple features we are common to seeing. There are dual inlets for running water-cooling peripherals. The slot covers are vented for better air flow.

The bottom of the Raider shows there are two dust filters for the power supply and an additional fan if the buyer elects to purchase one.

Closer look at the Interior

The interior of the Raider is black in color as well. The motherboard tray has the typical cut-out for the CPU cooler and a few narrow openings to run cabling to the rear of the motherboard tray.

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From first look you would think the Raider would not support very long graphic cards. But that is far from the truth. With the top HDD cage in place the case will support cards up to 10” long and with it removed just over 14.5” long.

The power supply sits on four rubber bumpers to absorb vibration. An additional 120mm fan can be added to the bottom of the case.

Here we see the rear mounted Spectre 120mm cooling fan.

Next, we have the rather large opening for a top mounted 200mm cooling fan.

The Raider is mostly tool-less and it can be seen by looking at the plastic locks that secure optical drives in place.

There are enough places in the case to mount six 2.5”/3.5” drives. The little drive will have to screw in while the larger 3.5” drive is secured without the use of a tool.

Conclusion

The bottom line is the BitFenix is a great looking case for the sub $100 asking price. It offers all the features one would want in a case and looks good doing it. The exterior is very wholesome looking with touch of SofTouch but there is a gamer’s appeal as well with the additional of mesh from top to bottom.

The interior is well thought out and the ideal of the collapsible HDD cage to add in longer video cards is ingenious. The tool-less options are always a plus in our book. With such as feature assembly time is cut down tremendously.

And sticking with BitFenix’s line of Spectre cooling fan when completing the build of the system can prove very vital especially if you are a freak for silent. Yes, the case does come with three 120mm fan but two more can be added including a 200mm model. Another thing BitFenix did not forget about is dust filters. All fan openings are covered with one in some form.

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