Bitfenix Neos Mid Tower Case Review

September 18, 2014 in Cases, Enclosures, Review

 

Build

And now. Ladies and Gentlemen…our build. (Cheering and Applause)

We had some extra white LED Bitfenix Spectre Pro fans lying around so we decided to throw them into the front to add a bit of bling. Again only one 120mm fan comes with the case in the rear, and it is not LED.

Now the desk you see here is by no means a huge desk, but it was able to hold the case along with not intrude too much on our mouse pad, keyboard, and desktop speakers.

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Initially we thought that we would not have a-lot of room to work with, but we actually were surprised to see that we did have a decent amount available to us. Now it isn’t as much room as a full tower would grant us, or even some other mid towers like the Corsair Carbide 540 Air, but it did the job.

The parts we used for the build were our Asus Maximus V Genie motherboard, EVGA 750W PSU, and our MSI R9 270 graphics card. For cooling the CPU we went with a Corsair H80i.

Given the fact that you aren’t able to mount fans on the roof we felt the H80i was a good choice. Mounting a radiator in the front is pretty much a dead issue given that the drive cages are in there for good unless you do some modding. I know what some of you are thinking. A thin dual 120mm radiator in the front right? Well yea you can try to mount one there, but it would be passive. There is not enough space to add the thinnest of radiators, and mount fans on it.

You could use an open loop set up with a 120mm radiator, but in all honestly why would you? In our opinion if you are going to do an open loop we feel that you should be using at least a dual 120mm radiator, or better type of set up. What’s the point of going with an open loop if all you are going to do is throw a single 120mm radiator onto it?

If air cooling is your desire most tall coolers like the Noctua NH-D14 will fit just fine. Edit: The Neos will not fit a Noctua NH-D14. Coolers larger then five inches (120mm) will not allow you to close the side panel of the case.

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Our PSU is fully modular so you’d assume you would have much better cable management capabilities then say a non-modular PSU. Truth be told even a standard non modular PSU wouldn’t look too cluttered within the Neos. As you can see even with using just the cables we needed, there was still space to tuck away any unused cables if we decided to throw in the same number of cables found in non-modular power supplies. It’s not an empty parking lot of Giants Stadium during the off season space, but it’s not too bad.

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There are pre-installed motherboard stand offs as well as a permanent standoff located in the center. This seems to be a new trend with cases as regardless of what size motherboard you use, the middle stand off is more then likely going to be screwed in in the same place on the motherboard tray. Why have the consumer just put a screw in that you could just put in there for them? Save them some hassel. That’s always a good thing.

The case is said to be able to house an ATX motherboard and it does, but we ended up using a micro ATX board. Reason being is that the ATX board we used, the EVGA X58 LE, was not playing nice with the Corsair H80i. We couldn’t get the front fans mounted on the AIO with the board as is. This was due in large part by board’s heat sinks, and heat spreaders. Definitely not the fault of the enclosure itself. Other ATX motherboards should not have this problem unless they are copying the design of the LE.


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The R9 270 isn’t a huge card so we weren’t expecting it not to fit. However there is ample room for even larger video cards. In fact any current card we believe will be able to fit into the Neos.

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As you can see we held down the cables on the side with our own twist ties. We initially used the twist ties that came with the Neos, but found out after, as usual, that we needed to move some cables around. So we broke out out the scissors and gots to cutting.

After redoing the cable ties, and arranging the majority of the cables within the concave area, we attempted to secure the side panel to close her up. We quickly discovered that we had to put some force into it as the cables we used just would not allow the side to close flush. To be fair the cables we used are a bit thick, and using flatten cables, or even slimmer cables should alleviate the issue we ran into.

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