BitFenix Case Final Thoughts
So after much debate, my experience with the BitFenix Neos ends up in a semi-positive way. The BitFenix Neos has a lot of drawbacks, and is probably not a case that I would use to ship a pre-built system, but if you are in the look for a case that plain simply works and looks great you will probably find the BitFenix Neos an option to consider. I do expect this case to be very popular specially because of the low price tag and looks, but relative to it’s competition it does lack some important features; most importantly it lacks two top fan mounts for water cooling compatibility. For now, the BitFenix Neos remains as a very appealing concept that fits the needs of first time builders but still needs some refinement.
BitFenix Neos Conclusion
In the exterior the BitFenix Neos looks like it could be host to some pretty hefty hardware. The front mesh gives it a very aggressive look but once I turned the front panel around I found that the only openings on the back were right on top of the two 120 mm fan mounts that are mounted on the dust filter. The only fan that is included with the case is found on the back, along with the third 120 mm fan mount, which unluckily is the last one to be found on the BitFenix Neos. There is no fan mounts on the top or side panels, leaving almost no airflow to exhaust the hot air produced by my test rig. If BitFenix simply added two 120 mm fan mounts on the top, my story with this case would have been completely different.
What sets the BitFenix Neos apart from it’s competition is how good it looks. The side panels are plain and simple, however with the addition of the optional windowed side panel a very appealing build can be achieved. The Neos’ exterior design is elegant, and yet it looks interesting enough to attract attention, it almost reminds me of previous versions of the Mac Pro case. BitFenix has also gone ahead and released 10 color variations of this case so that users can color coordinate more easily.
But at this price point investing so much in the looks of the case does have some drawbacks. Both side panels were extremely flimsy, and a very small space for cable management in the back made even the CPU power cable a hard task to line the side panel with the dedicated mounting holes. The PCI slot expansion covers are non reusable and can only be removed with the motherboard uninstalled as they bend inward to be snapped off. However, the plastic front panel was very sturdy and the hard drive cages seemed really solid.
The BitFenix Neos is probably not the case to mount an extreme hardware configuration as it lacks airflow, cable management features, CPU cooler clearance, and water cooling compatibility. However if you are on the look for your first case, the BitFenix Neos will still hold graphics cards up to 300 mm in length, CPU coolers with up to 158 mm in height, and probably all the storage you need for an appropriate gaming rig. I do recommend you buy some fans as the BitFenix Neos only comes with one.
For a $59.99 (Amazon l Newegg) I think the case is probably priced a bit too high, especially when taking into account the missing features. But if you are into the really good looking design of the BitFenix Neos this case will probably be worth all your pennies. If you are looking for a new case that offers more features I would recommend that you take a look at some of the competition’s latest offerings.
+ All black cables and screws
+ Fully dust proof
+ 10 different color variations
+ Very rigid hard drive cages
- Only three fan mounts
– Non-reusable PCI slot covers
– Very flimsy side panels
– Very little clearance for cable management and CPU coolers