BitFenix Ghost: Quiet ATX Chassis

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INTERIOR

The interior of the Ghost is reasonably sturdy for a US$100 case. The one exception is the upper 2.5 inch drive cage which sacrifices stability for the ability to accommodate 3.5 inch drives as well. The side panels aren't terribly thick at 0.8 mm and even with a thick layer of foam it does exhibit some flex.


The panels are lined with 3 mm thick layers of very stiff foam with a dimpled pattered along the surface.


The case has a relatively pedestrian layout for an ATX tower. Interesting features include the 2.5 inch drive cage at the center/front, a comically large cutout to facilitate third party CPU heatsink installation, and tool-less, reusable expansion slot covers. The big cutout in the motherboard tray can mean reduced rigidity and greater tendency to bend under load. Ensure good support for a big CPU cooler and/and huge aftermarket VGA coolers, especially to keep the video cards from sagging down.


The drive cages are placed right in front of the intake fan positions so cooling isn't an issue. There are four 3.5 inch drive bays in the bottom compartment and three 2.5 inch bays in the upper chamber.


The side of the upper drive cage is attached using only two screws at the top while the bottom has a pair of tabs that simply slide into available slots. It can be ditched entirely to make room for a long graphics card or moved an inch over to support 3.5 inch drives, though BitFenix only provides enough 3.5 inch trays to fill up the bottom cage. The nature of this design makes the cage structurally unstable and prone to hard drive vibration.


Like many cases, the stability of the fan mounts on the top panel is suspect. The thin metal frames are quite flimsy in comparison to the rest of the case.


The bottom panel is heavily ventilated. Behind the power supply mount is an additional 120/140 mm fan placement.


We have mixed feelings about cable management inside the Ghost. There is an adequate 1.9 cm of clearance behind the motherboard tray after accounting for the 3 mm thick foam on the side panel but there are no tie-down points at the center or rear side of the tray. The large holes near the drive cages are fairly sizable and the edges are rolled so the included grommets are really only needed for cleaning up its appearance.



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