BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Case

Article Index
BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Case
Closer Look at the Raider
Features and Specifications
Testing and Installation
Final Thoughts

Product: BitFenix Raider Case
Provided By: BitFenix
Price: ~$79.99 Online (Find Mid-Tower Deals Here)

 

Introduction:

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.

BitFenix is focused on combining superior design with the latest technology. For more about BitFenix, click here.

Box
Box
Out of Box
Out of Box

 

First Impression:

As we get started, you can see that the Raider comes in the standard brown cardboard box with minimal graphics and is packed with the usual Styrofoam inserts. Once we get it out of the plastic bag we can check it out more thoroughly.
 
Top USB 3.0 w/ Fan Controller  
Top USB 3.0 w/ Fan Controller
 
The first thing that captures my attention is the SoftTouch Surface treatment. It felt very “grippy”. Your hand does not slide when you pick it up. It is some kind of rubberized treatment to the outer perimeter of the Raider.
 
The front and the top of the BitFenix Raider are covered in a steel mess which should help disperse any heat your PC generates. The front has four 5.25" optical drive slots and an open area at the bottom for pulling fresh air in to the case, but the bottom intake does not have a removable filter - that can be a problem in dusty environments.  This is one of the most important areas to be filtered.
 

 
The top is also covered with the steel mesh.  At the front on the left you will find four USB 3.0 ports along with headphone and microphone jacks.  On the right you will find the built-in fan controller, the Reset button and the power button.
 
Left Profile
Left Profile
Right Profile
Right Profile
 
The Raiders' sides are solid. They do not any windows to see all the goodies inside. This might be a problem if you want to show of all your hard work!  This does leave you with some option. You can customize the side panel with a window or some more case fans - if so desired.
 
Rear
Rear
Bottom
Bottom
 
The rear of the BitFenix Raider has an opening for the rear I/O panel of the motherboard, seven PCI slots, an opening for the bottom mounted power supply, an exhaust fan and several aperture opening for water cooling.  The bottom of the Raider does have two removable intake filters.  There is one located at the power supply intake and one at an extra intake fan location.  The Raider does not have any feet on it when shipped, but are easily installed with the use of pre-applied two-sided tape.  The feet are about a 1 1/2 inches across.
 
On the next page we'll take a closer look at the case before we drop our system in and see how it all works.