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Ghost is designed for silence. The silent case category has proven to be a very popular undertaking and BitFenix are not a brand that will sit back and have therefore brought to market their rendition of how a silent case should be. Ghost has been given silencing material and a stealthy look that promises to bode well for those demanding silence as the order of the day – water-cooling support, USB 3.0, hot swappable HDD and clearance for high-end hardware are just some of the features our case in question has to offer and we will be leaving no stone unturned today.

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its the first review I have seen and doesn't seem that impressive might not look as tacky in white though tongue.gif
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The plastic is a subjective opinion, really. Same was said with our Softouch plastic.
With regards to radiator space, here's a photo of what can fit, instead of what can't.


The mesh on the top panel will restrict the use of radiators, and to offset this, we left space so that the air turbulence is decreased in away that air won't be forced through the mesh.
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frown.gif was expecting better. Looks like I might be going with the R4 instead. Going to have to do some more research.

@ xbournex : Planning for my build prolly mid to end of next year. So far I love the simple and minimalistic looks of the Fractal R4 and the Bitfenix Ghost. What I am looking to do is an ATX rig with 3 (maybe more as time goes on) and SLi cards (most likely 6XX or 7XX series). Haven't made up my mind on if I am staying air cooled or making the switch to water. Is there something you guys have that would fit my needs a bit better? Want to avoid going with the massive heavy supertowers, but at the same time I don't want a case that feels fragile and flimsy.

My knowledge of cases is quite poor and trying to fix that. Keep finding out things with my current case that I do not like and am regretting the purchase now.
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The plastic is a subjective opinion, really. Same was said with our Softouch plastic.
With regards to radiator space, here's a photo of what can fit, instead of what can't.

The mesh on the top panel will restrict the use of radiators, and to offset this, we left space so that the air turbulence is decreased in away that air won't be forced through the mesh.

I was really annoyed at the way Vortex put the radiator over the holes. The mounts at the top are much further away and would probably give enough clearance for the motherboard frown.gif It looks like quite a nice case, but I, like Vortez, am baffled as to the big open meshy bit at the top, that'd hurt acoustics a bit...
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frown.gif was expecting better. Looks like I might be going with the R4 instead. Going to have to do some more research.
@ xbournex : Planning for my build prolly mid to end of next year. So far I love the simple and minimalistic looks of the Fractal R4 and the Bitfenix Ghost. What I am looking to do is an ATX rig with 3 (maybe more as time goes on) and SLi cards (most likely 6XX or 7XX series). Haven't made up my mind on if I am staying air cooled or making the switch to water. Is there something you guys have that would fit my needs a bit better? Want to avoid going with the massive heavy supertowers, but at the same time I don't want a case that feels fragile and flimsy.
My knowledge of cases is quite poor and trying to fix that. Keep finding out things with my current case that I do not like and am regretting the purchase now.
Shinobi XL or Colossus on our line up would do better for water on all those cards. Any case with more than 6 PCI cards, really, can fit all of them in there - That would be all of our's except for Prodigy
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I was really annoyed at the way Vortex put the radiator over the holes. The mounts at the top are much further away and would probably give enough clearance for the motherboard frown.gif It looks like quite a nice case, but I, like Vortez, am baffled as to the big open meshy bit at the top, that'd hurt acoustics a bit...

*UPDATE* BitFenix have been in contact and have told us that the pricing at launch was incorrect and rather than sitting at £90, Ghost should be £74.99 instead. (R4 being £90)

*Conclusion will be updated later to reflect this change
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This brings the features to: hotswap, LED mounts on the bottom, sound dampening material, radiator support, door, rubber grommets, and quiet Spectre fans instead of oem fans. There's enough space under the panel to prevent high turbulence when fans are close to mesh or honey comb holes. Resulting in lower noise. It's something you need to compromise if you don't want to suffocate your radiator.
Other silent chassis take silent with air cooling - the top is closed off, but all the air just passes through the rear fan. Not much quieter in my opinion. If all intakes/exhausts. including rear fan has sound material, then we're talking.
Edited by xbournex - 9/24/12 at 6:54am
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Shinobi XL or Colossus on our line up would do better for water on all those cards. Any case with more than 6 PCI cards, really, can fit all of them in there - That would be all of our's except for Prodigy
*UPDATE* BitFenix have been in contact and have told us that the pricing at launch was incorrect and rather than sitting at £90, Ghost should be £74.99 instead. (R4 being £90)
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This brings the features to: hotswap, LED mounts on the bottom, sound dampening material, radiator support, door, rubber grommets, and quiet Spectre fans instead of oem fans. There's enough space under the panel to prevent high turbulence when fans are close to mesh or honey comb holes. Resulting in lower noise. It's something you need to compromise if you don't want to suffocate your radiator.
Other silent chassis take silent with air cooling - the top is closed off, but all the air just passes through the rear fan. Not much quieter in my opinion. If all intakes/exhausts. including rear fan has sound material, then we're talking.

I thought that price was off because I saw it for $99 USD. Like the Colossus and will have to look into the Shinobi XL. Does Bitfenix have any plans on releasing a version of the Colossus without all of the lights? While I do enjoy how cool it looks, due to my computer being in my room it would generate way too much light while I am trying to sleep.
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The lights can definitely be turned off (or disconnected), if you choose.
Outlaw would also have the GPU's near the top of the case instead of the traditional method. Add fans on the side, you got a pretty small high airflow performance case.
Edited by xbournex - 9/24/12 at 7:01am
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Why do we need another R4 with awkward drive cages? Btw, sound dampening is really not a special feature anymore as you can easily diy.
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The case has a lot of plastic elements and I think this attributes to it looking cheap. Further to this the quality – particularly of the exterior is somewhat mediocre. The side panels aren’t particularly thick and they flex when moved around, usually silent cases have thicker side panels to help dull out noise. The top is another area which is plastic and has a thin lid covering the compartment – further back the top of Ghost is covered with a detachable mesh panel which has no noise damping properties at all. Again, usually a case of this classification would have the top section closed off to help eradicate noise from leaking.
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Why do you have to install rubber grommets and the PSU padding to prevent vibration by yourself? Not that it takes too long, but it's a little annoying.

Anyways besides that, considering the price point it's impressive.
Edited by Droidisthebest - 9/26/12 at 9:55am
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Great case.
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