At Computex 2015, BitFenix had three new cases on display – the Pandora ATX, the Nova, and the Atlas. None of the cases were production samples, but they were close-to-finished prototypes.
The Pandora ATX is a full-size ATX version of the original Pandora, which BitFenix built because people quite liked the external design of the Pandora, but weren't too fond of its rather cramped interior. Not only has it been upgraded from a Micro-ATX board housing to an ATX-board housing, but the PSU is now located in a more conventional location (under a cover to keep it out of sight), and there is more room behind the motherboard tray for cable management.
The display on the Pandora will also be upgraded, being up-sized to a 2.8" model, as opposed to the old Pandora's 2.4" screen.
To keep the case at the same price point, BitFenix decided to ditch the use of brushed aluminum side panels and resorted to a coated steel. In all fairness, that's not really an issue either, because the finish on the steel is actually quite nice – possibly even nicer to the touch than brushed aluminum.
The Nova is meant to be a budget-oriented enclosure, and it therefore has quite simple construction. It features an entirely conventional internal layout, and it doesn't do anything remarkable on the outside. It does feature a side panel window, which is a nice addition for a budget case.
The manufacturing quality of the case that BitFenix had on display was actually rather good, with the use of higher-quality plastics than we find on most cases, and the seams between the various parts of the case were quite thin, meaning that it is still manufactured with tight tolerances.
In Europe, the case will carry a €32 price tag, and in the U.S. it will go for $55. Do note that the only reason that BitFenix priced the case a tad higher in the U.S. is because it intends for this case to be on promotion at lower prices throughout most of its lifetime.
BitFenix' Atlas takes a somewhat different approach to a chassis, with an unconventional dual-chamber design. The larger left chamber will hold the motherboard, cooling equipment, and graphics cards, while the smaller right chamber will house the power supply, storage devices, and the massive cable clutter.
Most intriguingly, the motherboard is mounted inside a removable tray, and the power supply and case holding area is a tray, too. Both are removable, and you can swap them around in order to change the orientation of the PC.
It is also the first case onto which BitFenix built a USB Type-C port. The top of the case features two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 port, and a USB Type-C port, along with the usual audio jacks, power buttons, and LEDs.
BitFenix is wrapping up the designs of these cases and will be working to bring them to the market over the coming months.
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