Not everyone has a lot of money to buy the most expensive components. With this in mind the folks at BitFenix have taken a look at the needs of users on a budget and created the BitFenix Comrade in black. KitGuru examines the case for low cost chassis.
Unashamedly aimed at the low end of the market, BitFenix has worked hard to tick all of the feature boxes with the Comrade. While reviewing a case like this, you have to constantly remind yourself that it’s only £29. You simply cannot apply the same logic that you would if it cost £100.
Also available in white, we went with black, because the vast majority of you will side with the dark side of the force. According to the BitFenix literature, it will take a 30cm graphics card and should be easy to build with its tool-free approach to storage etc.
We’ll go into the individual features on the next page, but for now we’ll examine the most likely target audience – as that will colour how we see the case’s attributes.
Buying a desktop PC from a high street store is a thankless task. In all likelihood, you will end up with something like a Packard Bell iMedia with an AMD E1 processor. Cases like the Comrade make you consider a self-build, around the same budget, but with a drastically different result in terms of performance.
Let’s check the spec table and then get into a detailed analysis:-
- Materials: Steel, Plastic
- Color (Int/Ext): Black/Black, White/White
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 185mm x 428.55mm x 470.5mm
- Motherboard Sizes: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATX
- 5.25” Drive Bays: x 3
- 3.5” Drive Bays: x 3
- Drive Bays: x 3
- Cooling Front: 120mm x 2 (optional)
- Cooling Rear: 120mm x 1 (1 included)
- PCI Slots: 7
- 1 x USB3.0, 1 x USB2.0, HD Audio
- Power Supply: PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)
- Extras Front Dust Filter, PSU Dust Filter, Tool-Free Drive Locking