BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Case - Testing and Installation

Article Index
BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Case
Closer Look at the Raider
Features and Specifications
Testing and Installation
Final Thoughts
 
 
Testing:
 
We start our testing by first locating the accessories box.  It contains all necessary screws and some zip ties.
 
Accessories
Accessories
Components
Components

 
 
The first thing to do was to find and install the motherboard stand-offs.  This could have been easier.  The stand-offs were mixed with all the other screws.  It would have been nice if they would have been in separate bags.  The accessories box does contain a tool for installing the stand-offs and this was a nice touch that we don't often see on cases of this value.
 
HDD Cage & Optical Drive Slot
HDD Cage & Optical Drive Slot
 
The Raider can accept Mini-ITX, mATX and ATX motherboard and is labeled to indicate where to place your stand-offs.  This is pretty standard and in our testing, we're going to be using a standard ATX board.
 
HDD Mounting
HDD Mounting
System Installed Close
System Installed Close
 
Next, I installed my optical drive.  I chose to use the opening at top, as I didn't have to remove any bay blank covers from the chassis.  Make sure to be careful of control wiring when sliding it in.  It does fit but will require moving the control panel wiring so as not to pinch it. 
 
Locking the drive down is simple.  All you have to do is open the tool-less lock by simply squeezing the tab and flip.  To lock it down you just flip it back and press until it clicks.
 
 
   
 
Next was my HDD.  Installation is as simple as deciding on where you want to install your drive.  You have six bays for 3.5" HDDs and seven bays for 2.5" HDDs.  I used the top bay in the lower HDD cage for my drive.  I removed the upper cage to allow more room to install my video card.  If you are using a 3.5" HDD, installation requires that you line up one side with the pins and bend the carrier until it slips up onto the hard drive.  Just make sure all pins are completely inserted before you slide this into the case.  If you are using a 2.5" HDD, locate four screws from the "big bag o'screws and install it with four screws.
 
After that, I lined up my Video Card to see which PCIe slots to use.  I then removed the PCIe slot covers by removing the thumb screw that held them in place.  I installed my GPU with the screws that I had held the PCIe blanks.
 
Right Panel Off - Assembled
Right Panel Off - Installed
System Installed
System Installed
 
The last component to install is the power supply.  First, locate the correct screws then set the power supply in place and lock it down with screws.  Once that is done, the fun begins.  Routing the wiring is the most time consuming part of any clean system install.  I like to start the wiring with the 24pin motherboard connector as they are the hardest to route.  Then I move on to the 8pin motherboard wiring.  Next, I connect all the 4-pin Molex connections to optical drive and fan controller.  Once that is done I usually connect the power supply to HDD and the GPU.  Last but not least, is the control panel wiring.  The last thing I do is double check all wiring - tying it down as I go.  Finally, it is time to fire this beast up and play!