BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Case

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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.
 

 
 
Closer Look:

We will start by removing the left side panel.  After this is out of the way, we can see the Raider has two 120mm intake fans pre-installed that are located at the bottom - in front of the HDD bays.  Moving up, we find a box inside the 5.25" optical drive that contains all the accessories.  Next, we can see the large motherboard cut-out for installing an aftermarket heatsink.

Left Side Off
Left Side Off
Right Panel Off
Right Panel Off
 

 
In the rear, we find a 120mm exhaust fan pre-installed.  Moving down to the bottom, we can see the power supply support system.  The supports are a little small in my opinion, but should do the job just fine. 
 
Next, we remove the right side panel to reveal ample room to run all the required cables.  We also find the 4pin Molex connector that powers the built in fan controller which can control up to four standard 3-pin case fans.

Front Off
Front Off
Power Supply Area
Power Supply Area
 
    
 
The front and top of the raider can be easily removed by simply pulling up on rear of the case.  Please be cautious of the control panel and fan wires so that you don't get over zealous and ruin this feature.  The top rear does have an opening for mounting an extra exhaust fan.  The front can be removed by pulling forward on the bottom the front case bezel.  It locks at the bottom and slides up into the top.  Once it is removed you can pull out the blanks for your optical drives.  This is also where you access the front case fan screws and blanks that are in the chassis.
 
 Top
Top
 
On the next page we'll take a look at the specifications before we jump into testing.
 

 
 
Features:
 
The following information has been pulled from the BitFenix product page and posted here for your convenience.  As always, please check at the manufacturers site for all the latest information.
 
Four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Ports
As the first chassis to offer four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, Raider is ready for the future. Use the two internal 19-pin connectors to enable up to four USB 3.0 ports, or use the included 9-pin connectors for USB 2.0 – plenty of connectivity for all your high-speed USB devices.

Maximum Airflow Design
The smooth mesh styling of Raider is more than just looks. The combination of an all mesh front and top with 5 fan locations means maximum cooling for your components. And for those who demand even more airflow, Raider can also be outfitted with up to two huge 200mm fans for unmatched air cooling.

BitFenix Spectre™ Cooling
A premium chassis deserves premium cooling. That's why Raider comes loaded with three BitFenix Spectre™ 120mm fans for superb cooling performance and quiet operation.


Integrated Fan Controller
Power is nothing without control, which is why Raider comes equipped with an integrated fan controller. Watching a movie or listening to music? Turn your fans down for the sweet sound of silence. Ready to get into the game? Turn your fans up for maximum cooling performance. With Raider, you've got total control over any situation.

Superb Expansion
Offering four 5.25" bays, six 3.5"bays, and space for up to seven 2.5" drives, Raider can accommodate a bevy of hardware. Have an extremely long graphics card? No problem. Simply remove the specially-designed hard drive cage wall and install graphics cards up to 38cm in length!

BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface Treatment
Raider features signature BitFenix SofTouch™ Surface Treatment which gives an elegant matte finish and one-of-a-kind feel. Best of all, SofTouch™ even resists fingerprints and stains, keeping your Raider looking great.

Trouble-Free Installation
Working with your system shouldn't be a headache. With a large CPU cooler cutout, tool-free drive locking mechanisms, rubber grommets and 23mm of clearance behind the motherboard tray, Raider can get your system up and running in record time. And to keep your system clean on the inside, dust filters on all intakes are also included. 
 
 
Specifications:
 
Specs
 
Head on over to the next page as we begin testing out the BitFenix Raider case to see how it all holds up.
 

 
 
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!
 

 
 
Final Thoughts:
 
I found the BitFenix Raider to a great mid-sized chassis.  The SoftTouch finish was something I didn't expect, but like very much.  The Raider is built from quality materials and doesn't feel cheap.  Even though it has some plastic parts, it fits well together and doesn't rattle.  It is a very attractive case that is all chopped up like some others cases I have seen.
 
It has a full painted interior and all edges inside are nice-n-smooth!  There are no worries about leaving part of yourself on or in your build.
 
The BitFenix Raider has a lot of options when it comes to customizing your build.  The removable HDD cage is great if you are running a large GPU.  The tool-less optical drive mounting system is very simple to use and feels very secure.  The large cut-out for installing a CPU heatsink is a must and BitFenix once again delivers.  The built-in fan controller is simple to use and is a nice feature to have when overclocking your rig!
 

 
The Bitfenix Raider has a lot of features.  The built in fan controller is nice, but only works with 3-pin fans.  The four USB 3.0 ports are easily accessed.  The tool-less optical drive mounting system is simple and easy to use.  The Raider comes with three 120mm fans installed - one exhaust and two intake fans - giving the case positive pressure.  I would install another exhaust in top to even air-flow out, but it does fine without it.  The rear aperture openings are handy if you are into external liquid cooling.
 
Front
Front
 
Installing all my components into the Raider was a breeze!  The only thing that was "fun" was separating all the screws.  All the control panel wires were long enough to reach anywhere on my motherboard.  The USB 3.0 cables also have a USB 2.0 adapter made for them and are long enough to reach anywhere your board pins are.  I have seen a few cases where the wiring from front panel wasn't long enough to reach certain motherboards - what a bummer!  The tool-less HDD mounting system and removable HDD cages are great.  I do like the fact that the PCIe slot blanks are reusable as we've seen some more expensive cases with some blanks that are not reusable.
 
The BitFenix Raider doesn't have a lot of accessories.  It comes with everything you need though.  It comes with plenty of screws to mount everything you may desire and even includes the almost-useless motherboard speaker.  This used to be mandatory and helped people troubleshoot their system using "beep codes".
 
 
 
The BitFenix Raider Mid-Tower Chassis can be found for about $80 and this puts it right in line with other mid-tower chassis. It has features that are very comparable to other mid-tower chassis.
 
Overall, The BitFenix Raider is a great choice if you are in the market for a rock solid mid-tower chassis.  It has a lot of features for the money.  It looks great and would be at home in anywhere you want to stash it.  The SoftTouch finish is very surprising and beautiful.  It comes with three 120mm fans installed - which seem to be pretty good but would need to be replaced if you need some serious airflow inside the box.  The included case fans are very quiet even at full speed and this is a bonus.  My CPU heatsink can still be heard over all the case fans.
 
The tool-less mounting system for HDD and Optical drives is simple and secure.  The large cut-out is great for installing an aftermarket heatsink.  The removable filters on power supply and bottom case fan is a must, but it desperately needs a removable filter on the front intake.  At the end of the day the Raider is a great case.  It has some flaws, but they are very minor.  If you are looking for a great case that is easy to work with and doesn't break the bank, the BitFenix Raider would definitely be a good choice.  That is why I am giving it "The Gold Wrench Award".
 
BCCRating
 
Gold
 
I would like to thank the people at BitFenix for sending BCCHardware the Raider Mid-Tower chassis for review. If you have any questions, comments or just general feedback, please feel free to post them in the "Comments" link below.