BitFenix Nova Case Review

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Conclusion

The BitFenix Nova is, all in all, a well-proportioned case that has a lot of good things going for it. Beautiful lines, cable routing, good storage options, long GPU support and it fits motherboards from full ATX down to ITX. While it exudes class with looks and features, once you actually get to grips with it the Nova just feels cheap and lacking quality. I’m not talking about the missing grommets here though I don’t suppose they would have been that expensive to implement, but the really cheap steel that bend and flexes as soon as it’s touched and will have you permanently worried about nicks and dents appearing as if by magic.

If you are likely to build and forget your computer and so all you need is a good looking case with ample features then this is a very cheap option that should serve you well, but for anyone who goes into their box regularly – and I mean every few months, not just every few days – then you might need to look elsewhere for something a bit more substantial. As I said at the opening on this review, there’s plenty of choice in the budget sector and while they don’t all look this good you can choose one with a bit more backbone.

Still, it does look very nice… if you ignore the side panel that refused to sit flush once it had been removed.

BitFenix Nova side on

  • Performance
  • Design
  • Value
3.3

Summary

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Looks great
  • Plenty of support for cables as well as Long GPUs
  • Cons

  • Cheap materials, panels and skeleton prone to bending
  • Not sure which GPUs are fully supported as the PCIe retention bracket could not be fitted in place
  • I would have liked to see two USB3 sockets instead of one and a USB2.
  • Missing grommets detract from the good looks
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