Description

The BitFenix Pandora is not a large case. But when presented the opportunity to build with it, I was on a mission to figure out what kind of horsepower we could squeeze into it.

This build was originally scheduled for a few months ago, but we ran into a few snags acquiring the right motherboard. Obviously it's not your typical build. Video of the build is in the process of being edited - we'll post the YouTube link once it is ready.

I haven't benchmarked it yet, but I suspect the top GTX 980 will throttle from heat. We'll test it and see how it performs. The backplates leave very little room for airflow, even removing the small section on the bottom card.

The Pandora case is very slender, which presents a nice profile on a desk. However, that comes at the expense of cable management space behind the motherboard tray. Keeping the cables clean, particularly with two drives and two video cards, was challenging. The only real available space to route cables was through the front interior. There is a bit of room behind the motherboard tray, but not enough to route everything. Trust me, I tried.

For a simpler part list, this could be a perfectly sufficient case. For more complex builds, I'd probably recommend something with a different layout and more room behind the motherboard tray.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 9 points

Oh my... This is nice!

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

I've never seen that case before. It's so pretty. =)

EDIT: Oh, the rest of the build is pretty cool, too. ;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice system! how good does it run?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and pictures.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, awesome case!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks amazing :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build but why are there no SSD's?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I botched the part list in an edit. Fixing now...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I hope the HDD still works!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW!! Amazing computer! Looks beautiful with that case. I love small builds the best.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

This is so cool. I personally don't like the case because some minor gripes and disappointment though I prefer other cases. But this is a solid enthusiast build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

If at all possible I'd remove the bottom graphics card's backplate.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. I addressed this in the pictures showing removing part of the bottom card's backplate.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

oh sorry, i didn't see those last couple. Also the NZXT H630 Build / i7-3960X / 3-way GTX Titan is sexy af.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Titan x have been available 4 purchase for 3 days direct purchase from nvidia

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

This is very nice, lots of power in a small case. I really debated getting this case.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

How much watts does it consume on full load with CPU over clocked.?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Mmmmm.... this looks nice. I like the smallness of it.

I plan on doing a 2xSLI (970) build in it myself. I was planning on air cooling it, so my question is how are the temps with the 2 cards in there? Also, do you think the cable management would be easier without the rad up front?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build! I would gladly use this computer any day of the week! If only you could get an H-220X in there!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

That's an awesome build I'm thinking of using this case for my next build. Do you think a semi-modular power supply could work in this case?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the performance on the 980s? Any thermal throttling in that case?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

WHAT ARE THOSE GTX 980'S!!!!!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the cooling on those GTX 980's? I am planning to do a similar build haha, worried that they may be too close to each other..

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

If I bought this case, could I mount a H100i GTX rad with 2 sp120's at the top? I would remove the HDD cage, since i only want an ssd.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this case aluminum or some form of metal.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this better than mine? http://pcpartpicker.com/list/KRntgL

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

But can it run minesweeper on low?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

You should have just 2-Way SLI Titan X It...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? 2 way a titan X? ...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not? and the Titan X's arent out yet lol

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

By saying "Really? 2 way titan X?" I was being sarcastic thinking u thought they where out.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Anyway there out now :/

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice but please fix the orientation on the water block!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Why? The water block orientation was the one that provided the least tension on the tubing and also the cleanest tubing run.

  • 56 months ago
  • -1 points

It drives people's *ocd crazy and one of the most annoying things on a build

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

PLEASE ORIENT THE WATERBLOCK UPWARD :'( My OCD is killing me

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

That's not going to happen. On my 250D build, I oriented it so the text aligned, and people screamed murder because it left the tubing more twisted. It's a lose-lose situation - either way one side is going to be annoyed.

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

How do you deal with your conscience!?

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

I keep in mind the build is for me and not for other people, and that no matter how I do it there will be people who don't like it. There is no perfect build for everyone, and that's ok by me.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

WHY DO YOU ALWAYS USE REFERENCE CARDS IT RUINS EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoops! The EVGA board was what we initially intended to use, but it had two main issues. First was that it only had one USB 2.0 header, so we needed one more (one for the H100i, and one more for the integrated display on the front of the case). The second issue - and a bigger one - was that the USB 3.0 header was down below the last PCIe slot, so that when you ran SLI the second card would overlap the port. It would have been either SLI or USB 3.0, but not both. Fortunately though we were able to use the EVGA board for something else, and then pick up the Asrock which had two USB 2.0 and the USB 3.0 in a better location.

As for the reference cards - we actually bought them shortly after release of the 980. This build (and video content) was originally slated for almost 5 months ago, but got sidetracked due to the motherboard and a few other things.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

plus the reference blower design would be better for such a tight build.

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