BitFenix Nova Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅28-10-15

Following in the footsteps of previous cases, Nova adopts the BitFenix trademark design by assuming a subtle, minimalist approach to computer case engineering. The introduction of this chassis tackles the entry level sector very well indeed.

Inside Nova there is a spacious internal layout which lends itself to supporting the ATX form factor and a wide-selection of high end hardware. Large CPU coolers and long graphics cards are compatible although the omission of mounting holes at the top of the case diminishes the option to install a 240mm radiator/ALC.

Installing hardware inside Nova is an easy task thanks to the carefully though-out design. Although there are limited tool-free mechanisms inside the case, those that are present assist with mounting basic kit within the chassis. We did find certain aspects of the cable management a challenge due to the tight space behind the motherboard tray but spending a little more time ensures a tidy, clean configuration. A cut-out at the top of the motherboard would have been useful for the CPU power but instead this cable requires a route across the front of the motherboard, which to some might be unsightly but it doesn’t affect/interrupt airflow.

Nova arrives on the shelves with an especially attractive price-tag of £26.99 GBP / $50 USD for this windowed version and then £3 GBP / $5 USD less for the non-windowed version; if a side window isn’t a particular requirement. Such a low-price-tag will be music to the ears of those on a tight budget.

BitFenix Nova is an excellent entry level computer chassis which, while offering basic functionality still accommodates a broad spectrum of computer hardware. Best of all, this computer chassis is one of the most cost-effective we’ve yet seen and is also a great starting point for a first-time build.


+ Attractive styling
+ Sleek design throughout internals
+ Can house high-end kit
+ Amazing value

- Limited tool-less options
- Cable management can be tricky

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