BitFenix Raider Case Review: All These Little Things
28 February 2013
Conclusion: The BitFenix Raider is a case I almost desperately want to like. I've had a personal, vested interest in BitFenix for a while now as a small manufacturer that produced some really great stuff, and I've wanted to make sure other people knew it. Their breakout product has probably been the Prodigy (which got picked up by almost every boutique under the sun), but really, they've had great stuff for a while now.
Excerpt: Today we have a mid-tower chassis from BitFenix. The Raider is their latest offering. BitFenix manufactures accessories (case fans and adapters), Premium modding (Alchemy Cables) and last but not least mid and full size computer cases. This is my first case from BitFenix; let's see how it stacks up.
Summary: Bitfenix certainly comes up with some interesting designs but what is most interesting to me is how they continue to be interesting while completely different than the "out there" Colossus. I certainly liked the
much more than what I had seen of the Colossus, and the Raider feels like a refinement of that.
What didn't I like about this case? It is purely personal preference, but I think a tinted side window would have gone with the subdued styling quite well.
Excerpt: This month has just been full of cases from many manufacturers as of late in my list of things to review. It is now BitFenix's turn to step up to the plate with their latest mid-tower chassis concept. Being part of the "inner circle" at the BitFenix forums, I get to peek at these case designs long before they make it to reality, even as a concept.
Excerpt: Looking for a slick gaming case with several cooling options and other high end features on a budget? Legit gets their hands on Raider, the latest case from BitFenix that could be the answer to your prayers. Raider comes equipped with three 120mm BitFenix Spectre fans, four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, an integrated fan controller and a mesh design for solid airflow. For under $90 is this one of the ultimate budget cases?
Conclusion: Overall, the Bitfenix Raider performed very well in our testing. The outside edges, coated with the SofTouch technology, always look great. The quartet of USB 3.0 connections is another good addition to the Raider, helping you keep up with the new 3.0 compliant peripherals. The wire management solution provided worked well with our installation and kept the inside nice and clean without the awful clutter that plagues a lot of systems.
Summary: The Raider is another terrific option from Bitfenix. It has a top-notch look, thanks to its rubber coat finish, which is becoming Bitfenix’s trademark. It is a terrific case for its price, and you won’t regret buying it.
Summary: BitFenix has managed to turn heads with the Colossus and the customizable Shinobi, so it is great to see the company steadily evolving and offering cases which cater to the masses without loosing the company DNA. The BitFenix Raider is such a chassis. While the Colossus called on a select few who wanted a massive chassis with unique lighting, the Raider goes the same direction of the Shinobi, but also offers a few unique features or refreshing approaches to existing...
Pros: Four USB 3.0 with 2.0 connectivity built-in, Great build quality, Three retail variant BitFenix Spectre 120 mm fans included, Nearly silent fans, Plenty of space behind motherboard tray, Excellent cable management possibilities, Screw-less 3.5 and 5.25 inch bays, 2.5 inch SSD bay in floor, Fan controller for up to five fans in top panel, Easily removable side plate of hard drive cage for long graphics cards, All black cables, Dust filters on all intake areas, SofTtouc...
Cons: Somewhat compact mainboard tray, No external 3.5" bay, No eSATA or Firewire, Screw-less system for 5.25 inch bays allows for some play, Non-removable dust filter in front, Lack of LED lights in fans may be a downer for some