BitFenix Ghost: Quiet ATX Chassis

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Assembling a system in the Ghost is straightforward. Our usual ATX case test system was used: An Asus 790GX motherboard with Phenom II X4 955 CPU, a ZEROtherm FZ120 heatsink with a Nexus 120 mm fan, a WD Caviar hard drive and a Cooler Master 700W modular power supply (see full system details on the next page).

The plastic hard drive trays are flexible, wrapping around drives with grommetted bolts to secure them in place.

If your motherboard lacks an internal USB 3.0 connector, an alternative 2.0 header is available.

By our measurements, the maximum CPU heatsink height is 16.8 cm. Graphics cards up to 32.1 cm in length can be accommodated if the upper drive cage is in the stock 2.5 inch configuration (29.6 cm with the 3.5 inch configuration pictured above).

Cable management wasn't an issue for us but our test system isn't particularly cable heavy.

Cables overlapping the main 24-pin ATX connector makes it difficult to close the side panel. We had to lay the case on its side to get it on without difficulty.

The docking bay is a convenient feature that we don't see often enough but BitFenix's simple implementation leaves a lot to be desired. There is no release mechanism so you have manually pull the drive back to disconnect it. We found this difficult and when the drive finally came free the back slammed into the side of the compartment.

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