BitFenix Nova Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix is back again, this time with their lovely Nova chassis. The Nova is BitFenix’s latest effort from the budget-friendly end of the market, promising great features at a price that is sure to leave your wallet or your bank balance happy. If you’re not trying to cram huge amounts of hard drives, multiple radiators and more into your system, then it is unlikely that you need much more than what the Nova offers and we’re eager to see just how much you get for your money here.

“Bitfenix Nova delivers style, performance, and silence at an incredibly competitive price. Whether you plan to build a basic office, home or gaming system, Novas simplistic design, aluminum badge, color options and optional window side panel mean it will blend in perfectly. Long air vents running along the sides of its front, hidden behind sleek mesh strips, provide plenty of airflow to cool the system. And as a result allowed us to keep Novas Top and Front panel completely closed to block fan-noise from escaping the enclosure, and dust from building up inside.”

Equipped with room for mini-ITX to ATX motherboards, room for a good size CPU cooler, large graphics cards, an ATX PSU and a decent amount of hard drives, the Nova is certainly a capable chassis. There’s also room for a couple of 120mm fans in the front and a 120mm in the back, although on the rear 120mm fan comes pre-installed.

The side panel features a huge window that runs almost the full height of the chassis, giving you a perfect view to show off your new build. Don’t like windows on your chassis? There’s a solid panel version available too. The black paint job is pretty standard stuff, but blends well with the plastics of the front panel and if black isn’t your thing, there’s also a white version available.

The right side has a blank panel and just like the left, it’s held in place by two thumb screws. The sides of the front panel have a strip of ventilation, allowing for indirect airflow that should help reduce noise from the front fans.

The front panel is plastic but is very nicely finished. There’s a single 5.25″ drive bay cover at the top and a small BitFenix logo; overall it looks smart enough to be placed in a home or office.

At the top of the chassis, you’ll find all the usual power controls, as well as two LED indicators and a pair of USB ports; one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0.

Around the back, there’s a single pre-installed 120mm fan, as well as seven expansion slots. As with many budget chassis, the expansion slot covers are a snap-off design, apart from the top one which is reusable.

Four sturdy feet with rubber grips give the chassis good ground clearance, and there’s also a small slide-out and washable dust filter for the power supply area.

Overclockers UK Black Friday Deals are now Live!

Is it just me or is Black Friday turning into Black Weekend? I’m pretty sure last year retailers only held deals on the actual day and some into the weekend for Cyber Monday. Most places that offer deals either have a small selection of products for an epic 50% off or a huge selection for a much smaller discount. Overclockers UK take that typical process and have thrown it out of the window with this years Black Friday deals by not only having the typical Weekly deals (which is one of the largest ever for OcUK), but also have some outstanding deals for the Black Friday event itself.

Some of the deals listed are insane such as the ASUS PB287Q 4K monitor for under £310, which is an impressive 20% off retail.

Others are even better such as the Compact Bitfenix Colossus M Mini ITX for an outstanding £27.95. For those who like percentages, that’s 56% off!

The deals don’t end there, you can kit out your computer with new RAM, a new seat to keep those gaming adventures comfortable or annihilate the competition with multiple NVIDIA GTX 980Ti offers. The deals will stay active until December 1st or until stocks last, but at these prices I’d get in there quick. Now where did I put my wallet?

What are you waiting for? GO GET SOME!

BitFenix Pandora ATX Now Available at Overclockers UK

BitFenix is back with their latest chassis, the BitFenix Pandora ATX, a bigger and better version of the stunning Pandora M-ATX. We actually reviewed the M-ATX model, and you can check that out here. We’re expecting a sample of the new one too, so if you’re dying to see what the fuss is about, stay tuned.

If you can’t wait for the review and you want to get your hands on this new chassis, you’ll be happy to hear that Overclockers UK will have plenty of stock of Pandora ATX. There’s are two models at launch, the ATX and the ATX Core, both of which are only available in black, at least at launch. The Pandora ATX is equipped with the 2.8” ICON LCD display in the front, allowing for an added personalized touch of the front fascia, just like we saw on the original Pandora in our original review. (pictured below).

“Internally, the Pandora ATX stays true to the BitFenix DNA of innovation – this time mainly evident in the one-piece power cover design, effectively creating a separate bottom chamber for the PSU and HDDs at the bottom. This solution gives added space for exposure of hardware for modding projects, improves case rigidity and shields HDD and PSU noise.”

The Pandora ATX comes equipped with a 140mm fan in the front, a 120mm in the back, is water cooling capable, with room for a mighty impressive 360mm radiator in the top or front, and even has all the dedicated brackets you’ll need for pumps and reservoirs, so high-end system builders are going to love it!

In terms of expansion capabilities, the Pandora ATX comes with support for up to 440mm long graphics cards, 4x 2.5” SSDs and 4x 3.5” HDDs. Maximum PSU length is 220 mm, while CPU cooler height is a maximum of 160mm.

You can find the Pandora at Overclockers UK here if that link gives you a 404, please use this alternative product page link.

 

Bitfenix Released the Stylish New Nova Chassis

Bitfenix has shown us some beautiful PC chassis in the past and as it looks, they are far from done. Their newest chassis is the Nova that delivers style, performance, and silence at a competitive price point. Whether you want it black or white and with or without a window in the side panel, Bitfenix has you covered.

One of the first things that we notice on the Nova is the lack of air vents, or so it seems with the completely covered front and top covers. But thanks to a clever design with air vents hidden on the side of the front panel. behind a mesh filter, the Nova can draw plenty of fresh air while it keeps the pesky fan noises inside the chassis itself. This design should also decrease the amount of dust that will settle inside the chassis.

The difference between the two models, with and without a side panel window, is clear from the photos above and below. The large window allows you to show off your valuable components such as motherboard and add-in cards as well as the PSU. The last thing might be a deal breaker for some while it’s a win for others, the visible PSU. I personally prefer to hide mine as good as possible while others prefer to proudly present that very expensive and vital part of the system.

Bitfenix chose to angle the top of the front panel where the power button, reset button, USB connections, and audio jacks are located. This tiny detail can make a huge difference as it allows for better placement options. Whether the system is placed on the floor or next to you on your desktop, you’ll be able to easily reach them all.

The PSU area is covered with a removable dust filter to keep that part as dust free as possible, a very important factor for a chassis when it is placed on the floor.

The Bitfenix Nova has room for a full-sized ATX motherboard and comes with seven expansion ports. The wide chassis allows for graphics cards with a height of up to 140mm and length of up to 320mm, eliminating pretty much any compatibility issues from oversized cards. The power supply can be up to 220mm long and the CPU cooler can stand 160mm tall.

The Bitfenix Nova has three 5.25-inch drive bays, but only one of them is accessible from the front. That one also has tool-less fasteners for easy mounting of the drive. You can further mount up to four 3.5-inch drives and two 2.5-inch drives in the Nova.

The case supports two 120mm fans in the front and one 120mm at the rear. The rear exhaust fan can also be used for an AIO CPU cooler.

Bitfenix is releasing this beautiful chassis as an option that shouldn’t blow your budget but sadly didn’t announce any price yet. I’m sure that will follow shortly. Could this be your next chassis?

Overclockers UK Launches New Marvel AMD Gaming PC Range

Overclockers UK has launched two brand new PCs in the Marvel range, the Marvel 4K and the Marvel 1080p, and it isn’t hard to guess what gaming resolutions these systems are designed for with names like that. Both systems are AMD based and come at a very reasonable price.

The Marvel 4K is designed to deliver 4K gaming at a very wallet-friendly price point but still utilizing high-grade components. The system is built with an ASUS STRIX Radeon R9 390X 8GB Graphics Card, but with upgrade options that include the Radeon Fury and FuryX 4GB HBM. To provide stable power, Overclockers added the highly recommended Super Flower PSU and a wide range of chassis to choose from. Among the cases are models from Aerocool, Cougar and Bitfenix, giving you the choice of look, style and colours. The Marvel 4K is also equipped with a selection of solid state drives, mechanical drives, or hybrid drives.

The Marvel 1080p is a more modest approach to a system and it’s built around AMD’s APUs. These systems are designed to be an alternative to gaming consoles and can be yours for a very similar price. While APUs might not be the go-to choice for hardcore gamers, they provide more than sufficient power for popular online games like League of Legends.

The Marvel 4K starts from £799.99 and the Marvel 1080p starts at £399.95, depending on customizations you choose. However, if you’re in the market for a Marvel 1080p system, you might want to get on it now as the Marvel 1080p is available with a £70 discount at the moment, reducing the price all the way down to £329.95.

GTA V – The Way It’s Meant to Be Played – 4K and Nvidia Shield

Introduction


In September 2013, Grand Theft Auto V finally hit our screens, albeit via the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, consoles that I loved playing on, but which were kept as a lead platform for far longer than they should have been. They weren’t incredibly powerful systems to begin with and time wasn’t kind to them. The buffed up release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sure looked pretty, but they still weren’t the way I wanted to play Grand Theft Auto V, not even close.

The PC release of the game was a mystery for so long, but I kept my faith. I was sure that it will be happening and it comes as little shock that I was right on the money. The only downside to the PC release was that it took so much longer than the console editions to be released. I’ve stuck to my guns and since the original console release, I haven’t played a single minute of GTA V, I don’t know the story and the only things I have seen of the gameplay are funny videos that get posted to YouTube and Reddit.

So why did I wait so long? The promise of 4K gaming, frame rates that are at least above 30, increased texture detail, longer draw distances, mods and the multitude of other graphics enhancements that PC gaming provides us. On top of that, I love my Nvidia Shield and use it to stream games around my house, the prospect of playing GTA V on a tablet while laid in bed is just too tempting. The prospect of playing it streamed to my big screen TV in 1080p at 60FPS with the graphics dialed up to ultra, even more so.

BitFenix Aegis Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix is one of the coolest chassis manufacturers around. Time and time again we’ve seen them continue to innovate, with products that have proven massively successful with gamers and system builders around the world. Today, it looks like we’re in for a repeat performance, with the recent release of their eye-catching Aegis gaming chassis.

The Aegis is packed full of features that will appeal to virtually any system builder, but more importantly, the enthusiast gaming market. With room for ultra high-end graphics cards, modular storage bays, water cooling support, a PSU shroud and a whole lot more. Also, let’s not forget that it comes with their ICON display, a small LCD display hidden in the front panel that allows you to apply custom logos to the front of your chassis!

First impressions of this case are very good. We’ve got the black and red edition, which certainly stands out in more ways than one; it looks like Tony Stark designed a PC case! There’s a huge side panel window for showing off your hardware and a great mixture of glossy trim that accents the stunning red colour of the chassis. Down the side of the front panel, you’ll find plenty of ventilation for any front-mounted cooling. Front fans are optional, so it’s recommended you plan your cooling before you start your build.

A gorgeous glossy red panel on the right side. Both side panels are held in place by a pair of thumb screws at the back of the chassis.

The glossy black front panel looks incredible, but it is a bit of a dust magnet, so you may want to keep a microfiber cloth to hand. Sorry fans of optical bays too, as you simply won’t find any here.

The top of the chassis houses a three-speed fan controller, the power button with a lovely BitFenix logo on it and the reset button. There’s a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks there too; it’s nice to see more chassis ditching the now aging USB 2.0 ports.

The top panel houses even more ventilation, with a lift-out cover for easy maintenance and installation of your fans/radiators.

The overall finish and quality are fantastic, although I wouldn’t have expected anything less from BitFenix, as they often impress with their designs.

Around the back, you’ll find a pair of routing grommets at the top, a pre-installed 120mm exhaust fan, five expansion slots with ventilated covers and the PSU mount; nothing overly interesting, but at least all the basics appear to be in place.

On the bottom, you’ll find four rubber grip feet that provide a stable base for your system; the feet also give good ground clearance for any bottom mounted cooling and your PSU.

The magnetic filter runs the full length of the chassis, making maintenance a quick and easy process.

BitFenix Shinobi Window XL Full-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


When you’re planning a new system build, sometimes a common mid-tower chassis just isn’t enough. If you’re planning on something big, with large radiators, huge graphics cards, monster size power supplies and more, then you’re going to need a big chassis! Fortunately, BitFenix has got us covered, with their Shinobi XL, a feature packed full-tower that should fit virtually any hardware you can think of.

As the name would suggest, this chassis is similar to the BitFenix Shinobi, the XL obviously defines that this is the extra-large version of the original, giving you even more room to play around with for your new build.

BitFenix is one of the most recognizable chassis brands on the market, having had huge success with several chassis over the years; such as their Prodigy and Colossus series. I’ve been very impressed with their products in past reviews, so I’m expecting great things from the Shinobi XL.

The XL is very capable, with room for a vast range of air and water cooling solutions, E-ATX and XL-ATX motherboards and all the popular BitFenix extras such as FlexCage, SofTouch and more!

I have the windowed edition at my disposal today, which features a huge side panel window. What’s interesting is that the window held into the panel with plastic push-click pins, this means you can easily take the window out of the panel. While this won’t be something your average user will need to do, it’ll no doubt please chassis modders.

Both the left and right side panels are made from thick steel and held in place by a pair of thumbscrews at the back.

The chassis is quite wide, but certainly proportionate to its height. There are two strips of ventilation, one down each side. The front panel has also been treated to that lovely SofTouch coating, which gives the Shinobi XL a sleek and rather stealthy appearance. Finally, we’ve got a staggering five 5.25″ drive bays! Not sure who needs that many, but they’d be great for converting to hot swap drive bays.

Around the back, you’ll find four rubber grommets at the top, a 120/140mm fan mount, with a 120mm fan pre-installed, nine expansion slots and the PSU cut-out; the PSU cut-out alone should give you some impression of the scale of this chassis.

The top panel has a large ventilated section, as well as two strips of ventilation near the edge; matching the design of the front panel.

The main I/O section has four USB 3.0 ports that are fed by dual USB 3.0 headers on the interior of the chassis, there’s even a high-power USB charging socket; perfect for charging your tablet/phone.

There are four large with rubber grip base and three washable dust filters on the base of the chassis. The PSU filter slides out, while the other two clip into place, which are great for anyone planning on mounting a radiator in the base of the chassis.

Bitfenix Introduces The AEGIS Micro-ATX Chassis

BitFenix is ready with the new AEGIS Micro-ATX chassis that they first showed us during Computex, and the final version looks great. Overclockers UK thinks the same and has the full colour-range available for you.

The beautiful new case comes in black, white, and three coloured versions: blue, yellow and red. The AEGIS chassis also features the same type ICON logo display previously seen on the Pandora, but this time it is 2.8-inch big. But the chassis isn’t just about looks, it also packs plenty of features.

There is room for a total of eight 120mm fans or five 140mm fans and there is also room for both custom liquid cooling loops as well as closed-loop AIO coolers. The chassis can hold dual 360 loops with slim radiators as well as dual 280mm loops. To control all these coolers, the AEGIS has a built-in fan controller.

Storage won’t be an issue either with 3 tool-less storage cages that can be moved around or taken out all together. But even if you should want to remove them all, you still have a hidden 2.5-inch slot behind the PSU and show-off slot next to the motherboard tray.

BitFenix thought of it all and made sure that there are dust filters on all sides and the PSU cover can hide away that ugly PSU you might have. But it can also be removed if you want to show your fancy and shiny new PSU. The choice is yours. The chassis even comes with reservoir and pump brackets.

Best of all, the chassis doesn’t cost as much as you might expect with a feature list like this. The case can be found at Overclockers for £79.99.

Specifications

  • Motherboard: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Dimensions: 205 x 470 x 480 mm
  • Weight: 6.7 kg
  • Clearance:
    – Heatsink height: 170 mm
    – VGA length: 380 mm
    – PSU: ATX up to 220mm
  • Max AIO support (push/push pull): 360 / 360
  • Max radiator support (push/push pull): 360 (85mm) + 240 (60mm) / 360 (60mm) + 240 (60mm)
  • Drive slots:
    – 3.5” Drive slots: 4 (two removable cages with 2 tool-less slots each)
    – 2.5” Drive slots: 4 (one removable cage with 2 tool-less slots each, one slot next to the Mainboard, one slot behind the PSU)
  • Fan Controller: 4 fan headers, 3 speeds (12v, 7v, 5v) with 3 indicator LEDs (white)
  • Cooling
    – Top: 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm – click on dust filter
    – Front: 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm – magnetic dust filter
    – Bottom: 1x 120mm – magnetic dust filter
    – Rear: 1x 120mm (included)
  • PCI Slots: 5
  • I/O: USB 3.0 x 2, Audio, Mic, Power, Reset, Power LED (white), HDD LED (white)
  • ICON Display: 2.8″ TFT, 240 x 320
  • Special Features: PSU cover, Magnetic Dust Filters, Pump bracket, Reservoir Bracket, 2 Removable HDD Cages, 1 removable SSD cage, Tool less HDD and SSD system, Hidden 2.5” slot, 2.5” Show Off slot, Window Sidepanel, Rubber Grommets.

Thanks to Overclockers UK for providing us with this information

BitFenix Pandora Micro-ATX Chassis With ICON Display Review

Introduction


BitFenix has quite the reputation for creating innovative chassis designs, just look at their BitFenix Prodigy, Colossus and Ronin for examples; each has a unique aspect that sets them apart from their competition. BitFenix look set to continue their innovation trend with the release of their new Pandora chassis, a slim mid-tower that really is rather unique in terms of design, but one that comes with an extra the likes we’ve never seen on a consumer chassis before.

The Pandora is available in several models, the stock budget model with no side panel window, the stock model with the side panel window, then there’s a very funky edition with an LCD display hidden in the front panel; which is also available in windowed and windowless format. The small display is a simple colour display with a 240 x 320 resolution, which you can apply your own colour images to, giving a unique level of customisation to your system.

The Pandora features a large window on the left side, which has a smaller section of window in the bottom right which allows you to show off a 2.5″ drive.

The right side panel in blank, but both the left and right panels are made from black brushed aluminium and it looks and feels incredible. The panels each curve a little around the front of the chassis, giving a sleek and unique look to the Pandora.

Behind the curved edges of the side panels, you’ll find a glossy black plastic front panel. The small LCD display is located on this glossy panel, but you can’t see it at all until you power it up, so we’ll take a look at that shortly.

The rear of the chassis allows us to see just how slim this chassis really is. As you can see, it’s barely wider than the expansion slot covers; just wide enough for an ATX PSU. Keep in mind that expansion card width and CPU cooler height will be limited respectively.

The top panel has a massive ventilated panel which can be removed via push-click clips on one side; this makes taking it off and putting it on extremely easy. The front I/O panel is straightforward enough, with all the major buttons, inputs and outputs you’ll need.

On the base of the chassis, you will find four feet that provide good ground clearance for the filtered PSU air intake, as well as some screw holes for mounting 3.5″ or 2.5″ drives on the interior.

BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix is one of the coolest names in the chassis industry. Sure they’ve been making great chassis’ for many years, but a couple of years ago they shot to legendary status with the launch of their ever-popular BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX chassis. The Prodigy really sparked new life into the mini-ITX chassis market and since then we’ve seen a wave of impressive new cube style chassis from a wide range of manufacturers. BitFenix have launched several mini-ITX and Micro-ATX chassis based around the original Prodigy design over the last couple of years, as a quick recap, here are our reviews for each of them;

They’re all fairly similar products and many borrow components from each other, with only a few minor interior tweaks between each model; such as new exterior panels. The two chassis I have at my disposal today are no exception. There’s been a few minor changes to the interior and of course we’ve got the new exterior panels that offer aesthetics similar to the original Colossus full-tower.

At my disposal today I have not one, but two Colossus chassis, the mini-ITX and the Micro ATX variants. They’re both almost identical from the exterior view, but they are very different chassis on the interior; so let’s get right to it and see what each of these new chassis has to offer.

BitFenix Shadow Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix are one of the coolest chassis manufacturers around, they’ve made many great products; especially in the last couple of years with the release of products such as the Prodigy, Phenom and Colossus. Today we’re taking a look at their latest chassis, the Shadow, and while I doubt it’ll be as legendary as the Prodigy, it looks like a promising entry to the budget friendly mid-tower market.

The BitFenix Shadow is priced for the mid budget part of the market, typically where your average consumer will be spending their money when planning their new gaming build. To meet the demands of your average consumer and gaming rig, the Shadow has been equipped with plenty of features. There’s room for mini-ITX, Micro-ATX or ATX motherboards, three 5.25″ drives, seven 3.5″ drives and a single dedicated 2.5″ mount; which is way more storage space than most people will likely ever need. Since the market is so competitive, a chassis in this price range usually needs a few extras to stand out from the crowd; the Shadow ticks a few more boxes as it comes with two pre-installed BitFenix 120mm fans, SofTouch Surface Treatment, selectable red/blue LEDs and dust filters.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, just a nice big logo on the front of the box.

Around the back of the box are details of some of the Shadows’ features, these include the magnetic front door panel, removable dust filters, SofTouch treatment and LED lighting.

BitFenix Fury 750G Semi-Modular Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


BitFenix are the latest in a long line of brands to make an entry into the power supply market. The story with BitFenix is very similar to that of Fractal Design as both brands started out selling PC cases and expanded to power supplies after experiencing great success. Power supplies and fans are probably the two closest linked components to cases which is why you’ll often find that brands who make cases also sell power supplies (Cooler Master, Corsair, Fractal Design, BitFenix…) and brands who made power supplies expanded to start making cases (be quiet!, XFX…). The BitFenix Fury series of power supplies is actually fairly unique though, they aren’t just “rebadging” a common OEM design and sticking their label on it. BitFenix haven’t produced the power supply themselves, FSP are the OEM provider, but they have worked with FSP above and beyond the normal level of cooperation to create a custom power supply design that they can call their own. The most notable unique feature is that the PSU features custom sleeved cables, even the ones that are hard-wired feature custom sleeving.

Packaging and Contents

The front of the box points out what BitFenix clearly think is the most important feature: custom sleeved cables. A 5 year warranty and 80 Plus Gold certification are the other headline features.

The accessory pack includes a power plug, quick install guide and four silver screws. I think black screws or thumbscrews would have been nice too: this unit isn’t exactly cheap!

BitFenix Pandora Aluminium Chassis Revealed

The latest BitFenix chassis has just been revealed and it’s unlike anything they’ve ever done before, in fact, it’s unlike anything anyone else has done before! The BitFenix Pandora features a brushed aluminium design, a slim MATX form factor and it even features an integrated LCD logo on the front panel.

The chassis features a super clean exterior design with curved aluminium panels that come with tool-free fittings. The chassis has a slim 160mm profile; that’s just big enough to fit an ATX power supply.

The front panel comes equipped with a customisable BitFenix ICON 2.4″ TFT screen, meaning you can add your own logo, photo or what ever you like to the front of the case via a simple drag and drop software interface. The screen is connected to your system via a motherboard USB header.

BitFenix have also put in extra effort to ensure the chassis is compatible with high end components, with room for graphics cards of up to 350mm, PSUs of up to 180mm and radiators of up to 240mm x 120mm.

There are three 120mm fans pre-installed in the chassis, two in the front and one in the top, with all intakes fitted with easy to remove dust filters. Depite the slim form factor, BitFenix have also equipped the chassis with some cable management solutions.

The chassis will be available in black or silver, as well as with an optional windowed side panel for those who love to show off their builds. If you just want the stock chassis, you can even get it without the ICON display to help keep your costs down.

Thank you BitFenix for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of BitFenix.

Win a BitFenix Flo Gaming Headset Winner!

It is that awesome time of the week again where I get to give out prizes to lucky eTeknix fans who entered our competitions. This last four weeks we’ve been running a competition to win a BitFenix Flo Gaming Headset in the colour of your choice. BitFenix also promised us that if they hit 29,000 likes on their Facebook page, they would give us a second headset to giveaway to a another winner. They blasted past 30,000 likes before the end of the competition, so today we’ll be picking two lucky winners, yay!

Firstly, thank you BitFenix for allowing us to give away these headsets. If you would like to know more about the headset you can check out our full review of it right here.

So without further delay, join hands and cheer to congratulate our lucky winners.

David Guan of Chicago

&

Chris Abington of London

Join us in congratulating the winners and don’t feel bad if you didn’t win this time as we have plenty more great competitions running right now and many more on the way.

Win a BitFenix Fury 750W Gold Semi-Modular Power Supply Winner!

We love giving away prizes to our community, so recently we ran a competition on Facebook that was super simple. All you had to do was tell us why you think you should win this lovely BitFenix Fury 750W Gold Semi-Modular Power Supply. In a bid to give something back to our followers old and new, this awesome prize couldn’t be easier to win and after careful consideration we’ve picked one lucky winner. Don’t worry if you didn’t win this time, we’ve got loads more great competitions running right now and even more on the way very soon!

You can find out more information and buy the unit from Overclockers.co.uk

So without further delay, join hands and cheer to congratulate our lucky winner.

Matt Boorman of London

Well done Matt, there were loads of great comments that we could have picked, but your comment “As I am about to embark on my first ever build and this would give me more power than god!!” stood out for me and we wish you all the best with your new system build. Don’t forget to share a picture or two of it on our Facebook and Forums when you get your prize, and when you build your rig!

BitFenix Neos Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix are one of the coolest names around when it comes to PC cases, their Prodigy, Phenom and Colossus have already proven a smash hit with the gaming community, but they’ve all got one slight problem in common – they’re all a little on the expensive side for your average consumer. BitFenix clearly don’t want to alienate the largest part of the market and their new Neos mid-tower represents what BitFenix can do for those on a tighter budget, without sacrificing the style and feature sets we’ve come to expect from such an established brand.

Priced at just £30 (plus shipping if you’re ordering online) the Neos is certainly wallet friendly, but just how much you’re going to get back for your money remains to be seen. There are already a few very competitive chassis on the market at this price range from Cooler Master, Cougar, Antec, even a few older NZXT ones that aren’t too bad either, so I’m eager to see how a budget model from BitFenix compares to the rest of the market, and more importantly what they’ve done to make their product stand out from the crowd, as there are often very few differences in terms of specifications at this price range.

As you can see from the specification below, there is room for mini-ITX, mATX and ATX motherboard, plenty of storage bays (for a chassis of this size), a single 120mm fan pre-installed with mounts for an additional two, USB 3.0 support, PS2 ATX PSU support and a range of dust filters included.

The packaging is pretty standard, featuring a large BitFenix logo on the front.

Around the back are four high contrast images detailing some of the features of the chassis.

The chassis model we have for review doesn’t come with a side panel window, but BitFenix were nice enough to send us one separately so we can show you what the window and non-windowed editions look like (without having to send me two near identical cases).

We have a few extra BitFenix accessories to throw in the mix too, I must stress these are sold separately, but a couple of nice Spectre Pro fans an Alchemy LED strip light are going to be welcome additions in our final build.

Win a BitFenix Flo Gaming Headset in the Colour of Your Choice

We’ve teamed up with BitFenix to give you the chance to win one of these very stylish Flo gaming headsets. We’ve got one of them to give away right now and the promise of another if BitFenix make it to 29,000 Facebook likes before the end of the competition (the have 28,510 at the start of this competition) . The headset is still one of my favourite headsets on the market right now as it’s light weight, looks superb thanks to its choice of colours and it offers crystal clear sound on its stereo drivers and from its boom microphone, making it ideal for competitive gaming and eSports. BitFenix are even letting the winners pick which colour headset they would like, so don’t worry if red isn’t your favourite. You can chose from blue, red, white or black.

In addition, BitFenix are planning a special prize on their Facebook page when they reach 30,000 likes!

If you would like to know more about the BitFenix Flo, then you can always check out our full review right here.

All you have to do is follow the instructions below, it couldn’t be much simpler than that. Good luck!

Rules and regulations:

  • There are no region restriction, global entries welcome.
  • The competition ends at midnight GMT on the 11th August 2014 and winner(s) will be notified by Friday 15th August 2014
  • In the event of a dispute, eTeknix staff hold the final say and no discussions will be entered into
  • Delivery is not in the hands of eTeknix and can take some time to arrive
  • Full shipping address and phone number is required in your email entry to speed up dispatch of prizes to winners and to prevent multiple entries
  • If the auto-fill email link doesn’t work, email us the information and include the subject “Win a BitFenix Flo Gaming Headset”
  • In the event that the prize is unavailable, eTeknix reserve the right to offer an alternative of equal or greater value
  • Winners will need to claim there prize within 7 days or new winners will be drawn
  • Winner(s) will be announced on our competition winners page
  • By entering this competition, you adhere to the above rules and regulations

BitFenix Comrade ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


The budget market is incredibly competitive these days, there are loads of great chassis from many of the top manufacturers that won’t cost the earth. Not every system builder is on the market for a £200 one-of-a-kind behemoth of a case, some people not only lack the finances for a crazy build, but also don’t really care for anything too crazy anyway. When it comes to building a system on a tighter budget you need a chassis that will at the very least hold all the components you want to install; cheaper cases are often a smaller form factor such as the mATX one we are reviewing today, so they’re likely not going to be ideal for AMD 295X2 graphics cards and eATX motherboards.

“Aimed squarely at builders on a budget, Comrade delivers high-end features at an incredibly competitive price point. Available in two classic colours, Comrade brings a sleek, no-nonsense design that’s ideal for the first-time builder. Dedicated 3.5″ and 2.5″ drive racks offer ample expansion possibilities, as well as room for long graphics cards up to 30cm in length. Tool-free drive locking mechanisms make installing storage a breeze, while dual dust filters enable quick and easy cleanup. A high-speed USB 3.0 port has also been included to save you time during file transfers. Adorned with premium touches like a powder-coated interior and an aluminium-finish BitFenix badge, Comrade is a trusty mid-tower design and an unprecedented value.”

The BitFenix Comrade is not only affordable, but also fairly capable given its price range as it will hold a graphics card of up to 300mm, mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards, plenty of storage, three 120mm fans and a standard ATX PSU; it’s not a huge amount, but that’s more than enough to fit a pretty decent gaming rig.

Packaging is pretty standard stuff, just a simple box with the BitFenix logo on the front.

Around the back you’ll find three images that break down some of the major selling points, including the bottom and front dust filters, USB 3.0 ports on the front panel and cable routing options. In the box you’ll find a small plastic bag containing a few screws for installing all major components.

BitFenix Reveal New Chassis Products at Computex 2014

Computex 2014: BitFenix may have found fame with their Prodigy chassis, but 2014 marks a year of change for the company as they look set to expand their product range with some new, very un-prodigy-like chassis. First up we have the mid budget Neos, a tidy looking mid-tower that comes with room for ATX PSU’s, ATX motherboards, features a large side panel window and a very funky front panel mesh with a choice of colour options. It’s pretty basic overall, but there is certainly a market for it given that not everyone has £100+ to spend on high-end chassis products.

The Pandora really stands out, designed to sit next to your home AV system as much as next to your desk, it’s designed to look like a high-end sub woofer (a lot like the older Sony ones if anyone remembers them). It features aluminium side panels that can be clipped of and features more than enough internal room for a decent gaming rig.

The coolest part is easily the front panel, which features a small LCD display that allows you to set your own custom logo. We wanted to set it to eTeknix, but we didn’t have a .jpg file with us at the time, doh!

As you can see, it features room for ATX PSU’s, 3.5″ and 2.5″ drive bays, water cooling, and mini-ITX motherboards. Best of all you can also get a pretty huge graphics card in there too.

The Atlas is nothing short of bonkers, this gargantuan ATX chassis features a two sided design, much like that of the Corsair Air 540. The big difference is that you can have the motherboard, GPU and radiators in the left side, PSU, storage and other components in the right side… or, you can flip the internal mounts around and put the motherboard and window panel on the right side, PSU and other parts on the left, awesome!

The chassis will handle E-ATX motherboard, up to 10 x 3.5″ drives, 6 x 2.5″ drives, a huge bank of fans and radiators, dust filters, built in RGB LED lighting and can even be converted to a motherboard test bench.

Next up we have the Pandora, another chassis which features that front panel LCD logo display, with plenty of room for water cooling loops, mATX motherboard, ATX PSUs and modular storage. The design is a little plastic heavy for my liking, but if they get the price right come release day, this could still be a popular product.

BitFenix Reveal Fury PSU Series

BitFenix has just revealed their latest PSU product range, which not only pack plenty of power for the modern gamer, but also some gorgeous aesthetics that set them apart from the competition. The Fury Power Supply Series features all the top components we have come to expect from a high-end, high-quality power supply product, this includes all Japanese capacitors, 80 Plus Gold level efficiency, and one of my favourite features of the range, high quality sleeved cables.

With the modding world setting a high standard for custom sleeve cables, BitFenix has taken their “one of a kind” (BitFenix’s words) Nanosleeve braiding and applied it to each individual cable, giving a very nice aesthetic edge to the Fury range. The full range is semi-modular, but the main motherboard cables are also sleeved, whilst the modular cables are also black sleeved with black connectors for a nice uniform look.

Both the top and the bottom of the PSU have a stamped BitFenix logo and aluminium ring accent, giving you the choice to mount in either way in your chassis, but still maintaining the sleek style that it offers. The whole unit is complimented with a high quality matte powder-coat finish.

Advanced Performance – Even a good looking power supply is no use if it doesn’t deliver on a technical level. That’s why Fury utilizes advanced features to meet the power needs of the modern PC. 80PLUS certification ensures up to 90% efficiency for maximum cost savings over time. Single rail power delivery provides optimum power to system components that need it most, while active power factor correction smooths out ripples for clean and steady power for the system. “

The fury range is available in three formats, the 550G, the 650G and the most powerful of the range, the 750G. All of which will be available from most major online retailers and high street store next month.

Thank you BitFenix for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of BitFenix.

BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix are still a dominating force when it comes to the Mini-ITX form factor, their Prodigy chassis was a massive success and while it may be compatible with small motherboards it was popular due to its larger interior. The new Phenom chassis takes the concept of the Prodigy and gives it a great refresh, the bulk of the design is very close to the Prodigy, but with a promise of cleaner looks and a few other minor revisions it could be enough to tempt people to invest.

This chassis is part of the BitFenix trilogy of small form factors chassis. The first case was the Prodigy, then we have the Phenom and the final one will be the Colosus. Then of course we have the second editions of these chassis which support the m-ATX form factor while maintaining the same exterior dimensions. All of the chassis are fundamentally the same, the three Mini-ITX cases for example have almost identical interiors with new exterior panels based around the Prodigy. The m-ATX editions again have similar interiors with exterior panels that match their Mini-ITX counterparts.

With all the hype surrounding SteamBox, and the rise in popularity of HTPC systems, as well as compact gaming rigs for LAN events, the Phenom Mini-ITX is perfectly timed to appeal to a market that is going nuts for small and powerful rigs. As you can see from the specifications below, the Phenom is no slouch when it comes to component support, with loads of room for storage, capable of holding a staggering 11 2.5″ drives! It has room for water cooling radiators, extra cooling fans, USB 3.0 support and plenty of room for a large graphics card. So let’s get right to it and take a closer look at everything the Phenom has to offer.

The packaging is pretty standard, featuring a large BitFenix logo and product name on the front.

Around the back we have a few featured images that detail features such as the BitFenix SofTouch surface treatment, USB 3.0 support and the FlexCage hard drive rack.

In the box I found the usual instruction book, a USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adaptor and all the usual nuts and bolts required to install all major components.

Fixed into the 5.25″ drive bay I found an adaptor bracket, this allows you to mount either a 3.5″ or 2.5″ drive into the 5.25″ drive bay, handy for those that need extra storage as this chassis doesn’t actually support optical drives (more on that in a moment).

BitFenix Flo PC Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


BitFenix are dipping their toes into the world of audio with the release of their all new Flo gaming headset, a premium solution for the PC market that I didn’t even know existed until it landed on my desk! It was a welcome surprise and I was immediately eager to see what it could do.  Designed for the PC market the headset is designed to be very flexible in its application, suitable for gaming, work, listening to music, what ever takes your fancy and it plans on doing it without breaking your budget. At just 59.99 Euro it certainly looks like great value for money.

I love headsets, they’re one of the most vital tools in my daily routine, I play a lot of games, I do a lot of work, I use applications like Skype and Mumble, I play guitar and make music from my PC, listen to a lot of music through out the day and so on, so it is important to me to have a well-balanced headset that can do multiple things with minimal fuss. At this price range I’m not expecting the earth of this headset, but it’s coming from one of the coolest brands on the market right now into a market that is already fiercely competitive, so it has to be pretty good just to stand out from the crowd anyway.

“The foundation of any headset is sound quality. Flo brings this in spades with 40mm Neodymium drivers for superbly bright and balanced audio. Precision-tuned acoustic chambers with the closed-back design not only ensure a superior aural experience, but enables excellent noise attenuation for crystal-clear sound – even on-the-go.” – BitFenix

As you can see from the specifications below it’s reasonably well equipped for this price range. Packing decent size neodymium magnet drivers, multiple connection cables, lightweight design, a detachable microphone and a choice of colours.

Specifications

  • Materials: Steel, Plastic, SofTouch Surface Treatment, SoftFeel Earcups
  • Colours: Midnight Black, Arctic White, Fire Red, Cobalt Blue
  • Acoustic Design: Dynamic, Closed-back
  • Driver: 16µ, Neodymium magnet, 40mm
  • Sensitivity: 96db /1mW
  • Frequency Response: 20hz-20khz
  • Rated Impedance: 68 Ω
  • Headband Pressure: Approximately 5N
  • Weight: 200g

Cables

  • 1m Straight Cable With Remote
  • 1m Straight Mobile Audio Cable
  • 2m Straight Cable With Headphone / Microphone Plugs
  • Gold-plated connectors with 3.5mm stereo mini-plug with aluminium sheath

A promise of decent performance, cool design and a reasonable price tag make this a tempting headset, so let’s find out just how well it meets our expectations.

As you can see, the box is nicely designed and features a large window on the top cover that allows us a sneaky peak of the headset. Down the right side we have a few images of the colour variations that are available, these are black, white, red and blue.

Around the back we have the full specifications and box contents. In the box you will find the Flo Headset, Flexible Microphone, 1m Straight Cable With Remote, 1m Straight Mobile Audio cable, 2m Straight Cable With Headphone / Microphone Plugs.

BitFenix Reveal Their New Colossus SFF Chassis Range

Just 3 years ago, BitFenix launched it’s very first ground breaking case design – the Colossus Full Tower. Today they have announced their two brand new small form factor (SFF) designs that are inspired by the original Colossus, the Colossus Micro-ATX and Colossus Mini-ITX.

The new chassis features a stunning futuristic design, with BitFenix LiteTrak Technology, a nice buzz world for some sleek multi-mode LED lighting that gives the chassis a unique look thanks to its pulse effects and choice of three colours.

 

Gamers can celebrate too as the new chassis bring support of long graphics cards and up to 240mm water cooling radiators. Flexible storage allows room for plenty of hard drives and SSD drives thanks to the BitFenix FlexCage, a modular system that can be completely removed if not needed, something I’m sure the modding community will love very much.

USB 3.0 support, BitFenix SofTouch Surface Treatment, cable management and airfilters are included too and will make this a great addition to the current BitFenix SFF series that also contains the popular Prodigy and Phenom chassis.

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Thank you BitFenix for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of BitFenix.

 

BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix have had something of a winning streak when it comes to small form factor chassis, we loved their Prodigy chassis when we reviewed it last year, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be as big and popular as it has become. However, BitFenix has been slow to move forward from the Prodigy, only releasing new colour schemes for it despite demand for new features. This isn’t a bad thing of course as it has proven successful for them, but I’ve been eager to see where they would go next, especially since the modding community has already pushed the Prodigy to its limits.

Now BitFenix are releasing an mATX prodigy, but at the same time also branching off with the Phenom mITX and mATX chassis. The one we are looking at today is the mATX and while from the outset it looks to be a bolder, slightly more serious take on the ideas that inspired the Prodigy.

The mATX Phenom packs some promising specifications, with room for a fair few hard drives and plenty of cooling, so lets get right to it and take a closer look at what else this chassis has to offer.

The chassis comes in a fairly standard looking box,  a large Bitfenix logo on one side and the spec sheet (see above) on the other.

In the box there is an instruction booklet, a USB 3.0 to 2.0 converter, a few cable ties, two small brackets, a decent amount of black fixtures and fittings for the internal components and a motherboard stand-off screw tool.

Finally we have a 5.25″ to 3.5″ / 2.5″ adaptor tray. Perfect for using the 5.25″ bay to cram in some extra hard drives.

BitFenix Prodigy M Micro-ATX Chassis Review

The BitFenix Prodigy has been riding a wave of popularity for quite some time now, proving a popular choice for system builders, case modders, LAN gamers, HTPC user and more. Mixing an affordable price tag, unique styling and great component compatibility we’re all big selling points for the chassis and it is something that BitFenix look eager to continue.

The new model, the Prodigy M, is the answer to one question that has inundated BitFenix since the launch of the prodigy, “when will you make an mATX edition?”. Gamers flocked to the biggest little case in town to build their LAN gaming rigs, but ran into issues when they could only cram a single GPU in there. Given SLI / Crossfire is a pretty huge deal these days, BitFenix had only one option, give the fans what they wanted.

Not only have BitFenix kept the chassis at a similar price point to the original launch, but they’ve also kept it looking almost identical on the exterior! So fans on the Prodigy can hopefully upgrade to the new model and enjoy a larger motherboard, more expansion cards and still keep the exterior dimensions within the same space.

The box is pretty standard stuff, a large logo and the product name on one side.

Around the back we have a few high contrast images that detail the major features such as the FyberFlex handles, SofTouch surface treatment and 5 x expansion slots.

In the box I found a simple to use installation manual, cable ties, USB 3.0 to 2.0 converter and a wide selection of black screws and rubber washers for mounting all of your components.

BitFenix Ronin Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix have quite a solid reputation for their chassis products, they’ve always offered some really nice quality designs that don’t cost the earth, just take a look at the BitFenix Prodigy for example. The Ronin looks set to continue that trend of high quality design at a reasonable price and it will be interesting to see what BitFenix have to offer.

The Ronin is priced at a mid-market friendly £70 (prices taken from Google Shopping) and that sets it along side some tough competition from the likes of NZXT, Corsair and Cooler Master, all of whom have award winning ATX chassis for around the same price, so the Ronin will have to offer something unique to stand out amongst the crowd. Fortunately, BitFenix are promising some unique features here such as their Stealth Cover and SofTouch surface treatment. For those who don’t know what they are, we will be taking a closer look shortly, but why not check out the rest of the specification first.

As we can see, there is some good component compatibility available, with room for a good amount of storage, cooling as well as ATX, mATX and mITX motherboards. With that out of the way, lets push on and take a look at what else the Ronin has to offer.

As with most of the BitFenix range, the Ronin comes in a fairly standard box with some nice illustrations of the chassis on the side, this gives us a nice run down of  the major features such as the water cooling supper and large side panel window.

In the box I found the quick installation guide, all the nuts and bolts required for a full installation, a 5.25″ bay adaptor, some cable ties and a 120mm dust filter.