BitFenix Pandora Review

Up Close: Exterior Front, Rear and Base

BitFenix Pandora Review

Up Close:  Exterior Front, Rear and Base

The Single piece Aluminium side panels wrap round the front of the case semi shrouding the high gloss piano Black panel behind.  As they wrap round the side panels are stood off slightly from the gloss front and it is through these slits that air is pulled into the front of the case.  the case front is devoid of any company logo, although an adhesive chrome BitFenix badge is included in the accessories box.  As we'll see later when we look at the ICON software it is possible to have not only the BitFenix logo, but any picture you want on the front of the case. 

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At only 160mm wide there's no room for a 120mm fan next to the rear I/O aperture.  Thankfully BitFenix have resisted the urge to place a small and invariably noisy fan back here, instead leaving the area as a simple mesh ventilation panel.  Lower down we find five ventilated PCI covers which when combined with an M-ATX board should give room for fat or multiple graphics.  Finally at the base of the case we find the PSU cut out.  When we first looked at the case we were convinced there was no way it could take a standard PSU thinking it would require the smaller SFX type, but no, ATX PS2 fits just fine, which is remarkable as the case is only 10mm wider than the PSU itself.

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Laying Pandora gently on her back (Ahem) we get a good look at her undercarriage.  The case stands on four rubber padded chromed feet raising it some 10mm off the deck.  As with the top, the side panels extend down slightly leading to a very low profile/low rider look to the case.  Both the rear PSU and front air filters can be accessed without turning the case over, but in doing so it affords us a better view.  Towards the front of the case we can also see the holes that enable us to mount a 3.5" and 2.5" drive in the case floor, as well as slits that can be used in conjunction with Velcro tie down straps to tame some of the cabling on the case floor.

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Most Recent Comments

07-10-2014, 06:35:49

SieB
I like the look of this case, very sleek and minimalistic. If it wasn't for me having to change my motherboard I would have bought one. It would be good to see a larger ATX version of this case though with room for a 360 in the roof and a 240 in the front.Quote

07-10-2014, 10:48:07

Wraith
Nice review Gary! Really adore this chasis and it's brushed Alloy undulated curves, Bitfenix done good with this one.Quote

07-10-2014, 11:10:35

RizeAllard
I can imagine a HTPC in this case in my living room... I think this case is better with plaine side panel. The icon panel looks really good.Quote

07-10-2014, 11:16:20

RickPlaysWarr
Nice review Gary. I like the case if I go MATX in the future. I think the choice of components can help a lot with the limited airflow options. I think a single GTX 980 in the default blower style would be awesome in this case. Not too tall like the DCU2 or other tall cards and the blower exiting the GPU heat out the back would be a big plus.Quote
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