When it comes to the design of the Ghost it is a hard call, while overall it is nice, the NanoChrome finish is not going to be to all users liking. It gives off a unique look but at the same time has a plastic like look and feel to it and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with this it may be something you may want to see first-hand before purchasing. Aside from this the Ghost is designed very well and things like the fact that the front door can sway open either way, with no extra work is quite impressive and will most definitely come in handy for those who are going to be putting it in a space restrictive area. One of the things I enjoyed was the fact that all the dust filters/vents are easily removable to allow access to change out fans or for cleaning.
The ghost did very well in my thermal testing which is probably due in part to the great ventilation it has to offer. There are vents on the front, top, back and even the bottom of the case to allow for maximum airflow to flow through the case. While it offers room for some water cooling goodies it is also setup to be a great air-cooled chassis as well as all the vented areas of course come with mounting holes to install fans. If you are looking at using this for air cooling it can house up to 6 x 120mm fans, 2 in the front, 2 in the top and 1 in both the back and bottom. The spacious design and room behind the motherboard tray to hide PSU cables will also help with the airflow in the case which will of course result in better performance.
For the value aspect of this case I am going to break it down into 2 separate sections. When the value is compared against the performance of the Ghost it is top notch and is great for the money. However, when compared to the design, I feel the outside of the case lets it down. Coming in just shy of £80 we are talking a decent bit of money and I just don’t feel the NanoChrome technology represents this in terms of looks, yes it may be nice but at the end of the day it still looks like plastic which just doesn’t say premium to me. Don’t get me wrong though, the Ghost looks nice and the performance and features make it good value for the money, it just doesn’t look like £80 to me.
When all is said and done the BitFenix Ghost is an all-around decent chassis and is sure to do it’s job and take care of whatever components you put inside. While the NanoChrome may not be to everyone’s liking, it is worth a look if considering a new chassis.
– Some water cooling support
– Great air cooling performance
– Dual-hinged front panel/door
– Hotswap bay
– NanoChrome technology may not be for everyone
– Price could be a bit better
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