BitFenix Raider Case ReviewBluePanda - March 28, 2012
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Pulling off the foam ends and removing the plastic bag, I’m somewhat stunned to find I’ve got a case with no feet. I haven’t had to put feet on my case in a while, at least not on a case that needed them to function out of the box. I remember the HAF 932 coming with feet and swapping them out for the included wheels, but I can’t think of a case that had feet that didn’t come with them already attached. Either way, I opened up the case, got the feet out and literally stuck them on. The four feet had some adhesive backing, so all I had to do was peel of the paper and stick the round into the pre-marked spots on the case. Voila – the case had feet!
I really found it odd that the feet weren’t already attached, because without them, the case didn’t quite sit right. The bottom has the fan filter; you can see it in the picture above, it’s not just flat to sit on the bottom. Either way the feet were put on and it sat like a case should.
The front of the case is really rather appealing to me. Yes it is very simple, but sometimes that really makes it perfect. The front rolls on to the top and is a smooth continuous flow of patterned mesh. The sides are the rubbery texture while the center is full mesh and just very nice looking. The BitFenix logo shines brightly near the bottom, and though I generally hate badges, this is awesome!
From the back you can see the rest of the top as it flows to the back side. The back is very clean cut, only has holes where they are needed and is probably the nicest back-side of a case I’ve seen – not that anyone will notice it up against the wall, but it looks great. There is an I/O plate holder, seven PCI-E slots, a hole for the PSU mount, two water tube holes and a mesh fan patter to support a 120mm or 140mm fan. It is plain, simple, and perfect.
The sides of the case are nothing really special to talk about here. They are plain black, fit nicely in shape with the case and have two little grippy bumps to help you pull the panel off to get to your hardware. The best thing about the sides is that you can finally see the feet I put on. Thumbscrews are used on both panels, making it easy to get in and easy to put it back together. It’s pretty and looking at it from the side it almost looks like a really tall bus.
The top of the case splits up the usual front I/O panel to some parts on the left and some parts on the right. The right side of the case has the power button, reset button, indicator lights, and a mini built-in fan controller. They take up the same amount of vertical space as the left side making the case nice and symmetrical. The fan controller slides up and down smoothly and has connectors inside for some of your case fans.
The left side has four USB 3.0 ports, a mic jack, and a headphone jack. If you are like me and don’t have even one USB 3.0 header on your board, they’ve thought of you and there are USB 2.0 connectors to plug in instead. The ports don’t have to go unused. It’s a very sleek design overall with great planning with balance.
Overall I’m rather impressed with the overall look of the chassis. Although I think the side panels would look and feel great with the same SofTouch application the contrast in color gives the case a sense of depth. The front bay covers don’t take away from the shape of the case – however, I think a flat drive in place of the cover might look a bit funny. The linear division actually adds to the overall look. This is honestly a case I wouldn’t mind my hardware sitting in. Usually I’m a fan of windows and showing off what is inside, but this, this is classy.