BitFenix Pandora mATX Case Review

Internal Features:


Removing the case panels is easy, as BitFenix used a ball-post/spring clamp setup to hold on the side and front panels. Internally, you can see the large cutout for accessing the rear of the motherboard. Below, the little cage can be used to hide unused cables as well as covering any HDD you chose to mount to the floor of the case, as well as acting as a mount for a 2.5″ HDD.  On the front curved panel, you can see slots for airflow for the front fan to breath through.

 


From the rear you can see that there are plenty of large holes to route wires and access the motherboard. as well as several small tie-down points for cable management.

 


The top panel also simply lifts off, to provide extra access to the fan(s) or to mount a 3.5″ HDD at the top of the case.

 


Here, you see the plastic ‘ring’ of the top panel. My first major complaint about how the case was built is the plastic – There is plenty of flex and the plastic FEELS supple and able to deal with flex at first. But, I have no idea if that will change over time. I don’t like the kind of flex that I was feeling. It made the plastics feel ‘cheap’ for such an expensive case.

 


Removing the front curved panel, you find another plastic filter – The honeycomb is holding a thinner cloth filter, that is easy to remove and clean.

 


This is the back side of that filter, again showing the magnetic dots that hold the filter in place.

 


From the front you can see that BitFenix has gone with slots, instead of static screw holes to allow for some flexibility on fan placement. This also allows for a bit more choice on radiators, should you opt to go with a water cooling solution. This is a nice touch that I’d like to see more companies using.  Also, on the right, you can see two rectangular cutouts that allow you to route the wire for the ICON display (Or any other front panel lights or displays you may chose to mod into the case).

 


Here is the case with a simple demo build put in place.  My selection of hardware isn’t as complete as it should be. Primarily, I am lacking a low form factor cooling system, so I couldn’t power this system up. However, as you can see, there is PLENTY of space to play with in a small case.  Setting up a decent water cooling system should also be quite easy, in the space available after the system is installed.  Note the placement of the lower 2.5″ HDD, as well as the upper 3.5″ HDD, showing off two of the 4 available mounting locations.

 

 

Coming up next ….. Page 4: ICON™ Display.

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