BitFenix Pandora Review

Build and Cooling Options

BitFenix Pandora Review

Build and Cooling Options

With everything else in place it's time to look at cooling options and tidy things up.  Where you could, if you chose to mount an air cooler up to 124mm in height we think it's infinitely more likely that people who buy this case will be looking to go down the AIO route.  Here we've mounted our trusty old 52mm thick Seidon 240M showing that there's oodles of space to be had  

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So much so that without the cable cage in place you could make use of the full 95mm of space afforded to you before you come up against the cable routing holes.  This of course means that a 240 Monsta in push pull is a very viable option, just remember you're going to have to find a home for the res and pump somewhere.  Even with the cable cage in place, there's still a good 60mm of space, but do of course remember that the thicker the rad you place the less room there is for long GPUs

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Cable routing in the Pandora does require a bit of thought and hard work, but with effort good results can be achieved.  We've chosen to route the majority of cables behind the motherboard, making use of the cable cage to bring through the front I/O and USB cables.  For a while we weren't convinced of the need for this cable cage, wondering why BitFenix had included it as opposed to just having a lower PSU cable routing hole as is more traditional.  That is until we saw just how little room there was on the reverse side and realised that it represents the only real place to stash unwanted cable lengths.

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We didn't really feel the need to use the Velcro tie down straps, as the majority of cables just found their place stuffed into the space under the cage.  It was though a bit of a squeeze getting everything routed behind the motherboard, requiring several adjustments in order to get the side panel back on.

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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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