BitFenix Comrade Mid-Tower Case Final Thoughts
I think BitFenix hit a number of the right notes with this case. The price is on the higher end of the spectrum for sub $50 cases, but it includes a number of attractive features that make this case a good choice for those looking to build their first system. My main wish is that BitFenix had included better cooling, as intake airflow is pretty restricted. I think that top mounts might have been a good choice here and would not have added much to the price.
BitFenix Comrade Conclusion
The case is fairly attractive overall, and white is not a common color for cases in this price range. It steps away from the more angular design of other budget cases like the Apevia X-Sniper and the popular NZXT Gamma and instead towards a more refined and simple shape such as the Silverstone PS10B.
For a budget case, the build quality is not bad. I think the biggest issue I have is with the plastic drive bays, which seem a little on the flimsy side to provide adequate support for mounted drives. But the exterior is pretty sturdy, and the front panel will only likely break if you apply excessive pressure.
BitFenix was looking to create a case that offered the functionality of a more expensive and feature laden case with the price of a basic budget case, and I would say they accomplished this quite well. Tool – less drives and intake filters are always nice to see on any case, but especially one in the sub – $50 market. Again, the limited airflow options is a bummer, and you may want to take that into consideration when planning your build. The case can potentially support a rear mounted 120mm radiator, so that may be a potential option to explore.
At it’s price point, the BitFenix Comrade is an excellent choice for budget builders, especially those looking to construct their first system. Currently the case retails online for $49.00 (Newegg / Amazon). In my opinion, I would not pay more than $50.00 for this case, because after that point it starts losing its ground to other options, such as the Zalman Z-11.
Overall, I think that the BitFenix Comrade best caters to a novice builder looking to construct their first build, or maybe even upgrade from a cheaper case such as the NZXT Gamma. The lack of cooling options is a bit of a bummer, and I think that may be one of the biggest considerations when choosing this case. The build quality is similar to other sub $50 cases, while the interior design makes installing components a simple and painless process. For a budget build, the BitFenix Comrade is definitely an attractive option, and it lives up to it’s namesake.
+ Mostly tool-less design.
+ Nice looking for a budget case.
+ Included removable dust filters for intakes.
+ Roomy interior for large CPU coolers and graphics cards up to 300mm.
– Limited cooling options, only 2x 120mm front intakes that have limited intake flow via the bottom, no top mounts.
– Tool – less bays are a bit on the flimsy side.
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10.
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