The Verdict


The Good:
NanoChrome surface treatment
240 mm rad support
Silent fans included
Sound dampening materials
Easy 3.5", 2.5" and 5.25" installation
Dust filters
External hot-swap bay
Two USB 3.0 ports
Included alternative top panel
PCI installation with screws
Large cut out for CPU cooler installation
Antivibrational HDD and PSU mounts
Reversible door
Only black/red cables

The Bad:
Drives are hard to remove from hot-swap bay
Only four 3.5" trays included make seven possible 3.5" bays pointless
More spce for cable management wouldn't hurt
No rubber grommets on liquid cooling hose holes

 

Bitfenix Ghost proved to be a silent and feature rich case. It offers simple device installation, 240 mm radiator support, dust filtering, dual USB 3.0 ports, fair cable management capabilities, elegant design and, most importantly, noise reduction measures that work. Cooling, while not top performance, works well, especially considering the noise levels. It's also nice to see that Bitfenix took other reviewers' advice and included an alternative top cover, which can further reduce noise.

On the bad side, Bitfenix's innovations need polishing. Ability to convert 2.5" bay cage to 3.5", for example, is near useless considering only four HDD trays are included. Here Bitfenix should have went with seven 3.5" bays from the beginning and included seven universal 2.5"/3.5" trays. Of course, buying additional trays separately is an option, but it doesn't count here. Then, the unique S4 hot-swap bay works well at first glimpse. But removing the drive is quite difficult and can cause damage.

Overall, despite those couple of design flaws, Bitfenix Ghost is a decent case at its 90 EUR/100 USD price point.

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