Bitfenix did an outstanding job putting thought into a budget case. Despite being a mid-tower, it has some great features such as support for SSDs, and support for 360mm graphics cards. While external water loops are a bit out of date, it’s a nice option to have since there really wasn’t any room for radiators, other then the rear exhaust.
Now, there were some minor issues that we need to point out, and hopefully it was just an easy oversight. Even though this is meant to be a budget case, I think the next upgrade that we would like to see is grommets on the cable holes, or at least some form of protection from the edges. Making the hard drive cage modular would be a great upgrade, even for a budget case. This would free up a lot of space for GPU upgrades, water cooling and give a much cleaner look.
Many of the ideas in this case offer a great starting point for a mid-level or budget build case without going overboard. At the time of the review, the white Bitfenix Comrade was found at Newegg for $49.00 with $9.99 shipping while the black case was priced at $54.99 with $8.99 shipping and a one year manufacturer’s warranty. These prices may vary once the windowed panels become available. The case has some great features, which makes this rock-bottom price an appealing value. Despite the smaller issues we found, most of the features and aesthetics included with this case are exceptional. Taking everything into account, the Bitfenix Comrade easily earns our PureOverclock Great Hardware Award, and narrowly missed an Editor’s Choice Award because of our small complaints.