With two 120mm followers, heaps of area for storage, and a tempered glass aspect panel, the Bitfenix Nova is shooting above its weight class. It is true that this case does have quite a bit to supply for its dimension, and even manages to squeeze in assist for disc drive for the dozen or so individuals nonetheless rocking a type of in 2022.

Our price range case group take a look at

Kolink Encourage K8 Fascinating however underwhelming
Aerocool Hive Hold it cool
Aerocool Zauron The price range case champ
Kolink Encourage K11 Look, a correct fan
Bitfenix Nova Storage galore and nothing extra
Kolink NimbusStyling on a price range
Aerocool Tomahawk Good however not adequate

For its giant storage capability, the Bitfenix Nova provides a barely lower than optimum format. A top-to-bottom storage cage takes up a lot of the entrance of the case, leaving quite a bit much less room than some to your graphics card and no area for a liquid cooler or greater than two followers. With a few drives put in the airflow might be restricted, too. 

That stated, with solely an NVMe SSD put in for testing, the CPU and GPU do run at okay temperatures. That lack of area up entrance isn’t a serious subject in my testing, anyhow.

It does rattle one thing fierce, although. The HDD trays are the primary offender, as they wobble a lot throughout the bays that they will fairly simply fall out completely. And that is with none weighty drives in them in any way. I would not belief this case to carry up nicely throughout a move or whereas being transported.

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Budget PC case on a desk, including those from Aerocool, Bitfinix, and Kolink

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Budget PC case on a desk, including those from Aerocool, Bitfinix, and Kolink

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Low-cost case airflow take a look at

The primary ingredient for a powerful PC case is airflow, however you would be shocked by simply what number of case designs do not get this fairly right. Ideally, we wish our case to attract in cool air from a handful of excessive stream consumption followers on the entrance, over our PC’s parts, then out the exhaust. Low-cost circumstances, nonetheless, do not all the time include the best variety of followers for this optimum setup, so it is further necessary to search out one that’s well designed to work with restricted cooling potential. 

To check the thermal properties of those six low cost circumstances, I constructed a PC into every of them. Then I ran a handful of benchmarks to place the CPU and GPU below day-to-day stress and collated the common outcomes into this graph.

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Nova specs

Dimension: Mid-tower
2.5-inch bays: 3 max
3.5-inch bays: 4 max
Max GPU size: 280mm
Max fan assist: 3 x 120mm
Lighting: White LED fan
Aspect panel: Sure, glass
Entrance panel: Energy, reset, audio, 2 x USB 3.0
Worth: $70/£43

The dearth of area for a radiator does imply there’s nowhere to put in a liquid cooler bigger than 120mm, nonetheless. Since there isn’t any high air flow on this case, and the cages on the entrance are bolted in, it is not attainable to put in a 240mm radiator wherever. That is probably not a difficulty if you are going to persist with inventory cooling or an affordable air cooler, however one thing to keep in mind.

This massive storage cage additionally means the PSU cables are slightly robust to organise, which signifies that you might need to work further exhausting to get your construct trying neat and tidy with that enormous tempered glass window.

This is not the prettiest case of these I’ve examined, even with the big tempered glass aspect panel or white colourway that was supplied. The entrance of the case is apparent and old school, and the white paint used on the case does not match throughout its whole development.

The Bitfenix Nova is a case with plenty of room for storage growth, and in that sense there aren’t any others I’ve examined which can be a match for it. Nevertheless, it is slightly bland to take a look at, and the ill-fitting nature of the drive bays, and the place of them, does make me marvel how sensible this case might be as soon as it is stuffed up with valuable equipment. Mixed with the shortage of choices even for air cooling and I am afraid this case does not make the lower.

Our group take a look at: A price range PC case is a good way to trim prices in your subsequent PC construct, but lots of the manufacturers we’re used to seeing within the high case round-ups aren’t wherever close to low cost sufficient for what we’re after. That is why I requested our pals at Overclockers UK if it will lend us its most cost-effective circumstances to see which is price your small pile of cash, and of the seven circumstances they despatched my method, I made my conclusions.