BitFenix Pandora Desktop Casing Review

At the bottom the casing comes with rubberized rounded feet, the material used is much softer than what most other casing manufacturers use.

BitFenix Pandora Desktop Casing Review

The Pandora is very limited when it comes to internal space, it fits Micro-ATX boards easily, for best cable management it is best for one to use modular PSU, preferably one with flat type cables.

BitFenix Pandora Desktop Casing Review

Here’s the view from the other side of the casing, as you can see the space is extremely limited and with the side-panel being just a clip-on type, it would be very difficult to pack everything tightly.

BitFenix Pandora Desktop Casing Review

For drive placements, it’s pretty much all over the place. 3.5″ drive bays are split, one at the top and one at the bottom while 2.5″ are split – back, bottom and front (side). What I think BitFenix did well is to include not only openings on the drive cage but rubber grommets as well.

BitFenix Pandora Desktop Casing Review

And just to give you an idea how TIGHT is the space on this casing, have a look at what it’s like with the components in place. My ASUS HD7950 DirectCU II TOP seems to fit fine based on the photo but it’s actually already in contact with the side panel, I managed to lock the side panel in place but it isn’t perfectly closed due to the height of the graphic card cooler that’s pressing against the thick acrylic window. One thing’s for sure is that his casing is awesome when it comes to showing off your components.

BitFenix Pandora Desktop Casing Review

Below are the specs taken from the official product page.

BitFenix Pandora Desktop Casing Review

Setting up the casing wasn’t difficult, it might be a little challenging due to the space constraint but it’s very far from the annoyance level set by the Silverstone Raven RV-05 nor the BitFenix Phenom M-ATX.

Having all-in-one / closed-loop liquid cooling system on the casing is possible but please do some homework before deciding to have one installed, the casing is very limited when it comes to expanding cooling capacity.

The Verdict

The BitFenix Pandora retails at around 140 USD (approx 500 MYR) – it’s a beautiful casing. The price is rather steep but what you get is a VERY high quality product. The cutting along the metal and aluminum surface is very refined, plus you get to customize the front logo to your liking! Space constraint is just part and parcel of having a beautiful compact casing. Great stuff from BitFenix!

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And in case what you think the final output looks like – here it is!

BitFenix Pandora Desktop Casing Review

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