BitFenix Ghost: Quiet ATX Chassis

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Like most towers in its price range, the BitFenix Ghost has a steel frame, with plastic covering the front and top. The surface has a smooth, matte finish that doesn't attract fingerprint smudges as much as most other cases we've handled. It measures 21.0 x 52.2 x 51.0 cm or 8.3 x 20.6 x 20.1 inches (W x H x D) for a total case volume of 55.9 L, which is quite substantial compared to most silence oriented models.

The top of the case is home to a huge vent with a fine fan filter, a hard drive dock compartment and I/O ports, switches, and LEDs. The power and hard drive activity lights are white with a slightly bluish tint, but not annoying bright. The power and reset buttons feel very solid and sit almost flush. For connectivity, there is a mic and line-out jack, and four USB ports (two USB 3.0).

The dust filter pops off easily by depressing the rear corners. The SATA docking bay is just a simple compartment with a pair of anti-vibration strips; simply insert a drive and push it into the exposed SATA connector; a cover is provided to protect the connector so you can use it as a multipurpose storage nook.

The door can open from either side thanks to a reversible hinge assembly and is lined with a thick layer of acoustic foam. There are three 5.25 inch and one 3.5 inch eternal drive bays. One 140 mm or two 120 mm fans can be mounted in the lower half.

The front filter comes off by pressing on the left side corners and swinging out to the right, allowing access to the intake fan placements. A single 120 mm fan is pre-installed with standard fan bolts in the upper position. Mesh running along the sides of the door act as intake vents.

The side panels are secured with thumbscrews at the rear, pulling out with the help of handholds at the center. The area beside the expansion slots is ventilated with a large honeycomb pattern as is the rear 120 mm exhaust fan. The fan grill is pushed outward at the center so the fan isn't flush against the surface.

Rubber feet are covered by a plastic skirt. An arch in the middle is an unusual flourish for an otherwise boxy chassis.

Another large dust filter is attached on the underside, though this one uses six small magnets. Our only quibble with the exterior is there's no comfortable way to pick up the case as the plastic rim on the bottom is very thin, digging into your hands except at the center of the arches on the sides. It's awkward to hold it there as well because the case is quite tall. (Fine if you're 6'2" or taller.)

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