BitFenix Pandora MicroATX Case

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BitFenix Pandora MicroATX Case

April 19, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Product
BitFenix Pandora
MicroATX Tower Case
Manufacturer
Price
US$100

The BitFenix Pandora is a breath of fresh air compared to most tower cases. It's somewhat on the petite side, being a microATX chassis with a narrow 16.0 cm wide body that barely accommodates a full-sized ATX power supply. Like more and more cases these days, the Pandora has no 5.25 inch bays, tossing them aside in favor of a gorgeous sculpted curved front with brush aluminum side panels draped around it. There's more aluminum rounding out the back as well and not a single screw is visible anywhere on the exterior. The panels simply pull off in a similar fashion to the NCASE M1 and SilverStone Fortress FT03.


The box and case.

The case is a fingerprint magnet, though, and the grain on the panels to be rather coarse. After initial cursory examination, I noticed a strange fine powder accumulating on the surface. I was the source of this material, as the aluminum had scraped against my hands leaving behind particulate and a metallic odor on my skin. Inside, it supports up to 3 x 2.5 inch and 2 x 3.5 inch drives, but it lacks a dedicated drive cage; the drive placements are scattered in various locations.

There are two 120 mm fans included, one at the top and one at the front, with a second fan placement sitting unoccupied behind the front bezel. The Pandora can accommodate video cards up to 35 cm in length, and the presence of an extra expansion slot suggests that a dual video card configuration wouldn't be out of place. However, as the case is narrow, CPU coolers are limited to 13.4 cm in height, though you can use liquid cooling with a 12/24 cm radiator mounted at the front. It has the look and ambition of a high-end performance case but its dimensions may be the limiting factor.


The BitFenix Pandora, silver windowed version.

The Pandora is available in black and silver, with or without window, and costs around US$100, while a more basic version, the Pandora Core, sells for US$90. The only difference is the Pandora sports a small 2.4 inch LCD at the front used to display the BitFenix logo. The panel is connected via USB and BitFenix provides software to display any 240 x 320 image of your choosing. If you dislike shiny/novel things, the cheaper Core model has an embossed logo instead.


Accessories.

The Pandora ships with a few accessories including a short assembly guide, a few zip-ties, and two thick velcro straps. Thrown in with the screws are some rubber grommets for drive installation, a thumbnut for tightening standoffs, and an Allen key as expansion cards are secured with hex thumbscrews.

Relevant Specifications: BitFenix Pandora
(from the product web page)
Materials Aluminum, Steel, Plastic
Colors (Int/Ext) Black/Black, Black/Silver
Dimensions (WxHxD) 160 x 420 x 465
Motherboard Sizes Micro ATX, Mini-ITX
ICON™ Display 2.4" TFT, 240 x 320
3.5" Drive Bays x 2
2.5" Drive Bays x 3
Cooling Top 120mm x 1 (included)
Cooling Front 120mm x 2 (1 included)
PCI Slots x 5
I/O USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX, up to 180mm in length
Extras Brushed Aluminum Side Panels, BitFenix ICON Programmable Display, Cable Management


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