BitFenix Nova TG Review 2

BitFenix Nova TG Review

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Value & Conclusion

  • The Bitfenix Nova TG goes for 49 euros incl. taxes. Expect the same price tag in US dollars excluding levies.
  • Tempered glass side panel
  • Two 120 mm fans included
  • Plenty of room for large GPUs
  • 120 mm tower coolers should fit
  • 120 mm AIO liquid cooler will also fit
  • Clean interior with some creative cable routing
  • Good amount of cable routing space thanks to extruded side panel
  • Holds up to 6 storage drives
  • Very good I/O engineering quality
  • Comes with two USB 3.0 ports
  • Available in black & red or white & black colors
  • ODD locks flimsy - use screws instead
  • 3.5" drive tray has a little wiggle room
  • No liquid cooling support beyond the basic 120 mm variant
  • Tempered Glass is thinner than most
  • Cable routing hole above the motherboard too small
Don't let the name fool you. The Bitfenix Nova TG may look much like a classic Nova chassis, clearly aiming to give budget conscious users a viable choice with a glass panel, but it offers a much more suitable interior as well. In turn, Bitfenix has kept the classic Nova's clean and understated looks, which may not turn any heads, but will appease the majority of onlookers, and spiced it up with red or black color accents depending on the variant you go for.

That said, do not expect anything out of the ordinary when it comes to the engineering as the Nova TG is based on an entry level chassis - albeit a pretty solid one in general. The fact that it is an entry level one shows in the lack of space behind the motherboard and ill-placed/sized cable-routing holes. Bitfenix has managed to work around the space issue by placing an extruded side panel onto the chassis, but you will have to get really creative to manage cable routing. On top of that, while it is great to see tool-less systems for both 3.5" hard and optical drives, both of these do not work so well. You had better also use traditional screws or - in the case of the ODD locks - throw those out.

But the Nova TG also has a few very tangible upsides: it offers a tempered glass side panel, which is somewhat rare but not unheard of in this price range, and Bitfenix has decided to place two 120 mm fans inside the chassis, which is certainly great. Couple that with the fact that you can still place pretty large components inside and the inclusion of two USB 3.0 ports and you end up with quite the nifty case for the price.

The Bitfenix Nova TG is by no means perfect, but both entry level users and system integrators won't be too phased by this as looks and materials go a long way in the $50 case market.
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