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Monday, 03 January 2011 14:38

BitFenix Colossus computer case tested

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: The legend of Colossus


Today we’ll review one of the few computer cases that rocked 2010 – BitFenix Colossus.

As you can see, the design is futuristic but the case really refreshed the top-end case segment. The company behind the case is made up of experienced individuals, but the case itself tells the story much better.

There is no doubt that Colossus’ design is instantly recognizable. Note that BitFenix launched two more versions at users’ requests at the beginning of December. These cases are codenamed Colossus Venom and Colossus Window.

The original Colossus, which is on our test today, is available in white and black. A really nice touch is the option to change colors of the LED lights on the case by a simple press of a button.

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Naturally, looks aren’t the only thing to grace the Colossus – it comes with SofTouch (rubber coated surface), S3 storage compartment, two USB 3.0 connectors, LEDs and many others that we’ll detail later on. The case is priced at €160 and you can find it on caseking.de here.

Specs:
    Materials                        SECC, ABS
    Color (Int/Ext)                Black/Black or White/White
    Dimensions (WxHxD)     245 x 558 x 582 mm (ATX Full Tower)
    Motherboard Sizes         Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX, E-ATX
    5.25" Drive Bays            x 5 (1 x external 3.5"; tool-free)
    3.5" Drive Bays              x 7
    2.5" Drive Bays              x 7 (using standard 3.5" drive bays)
    Cooling Front                 1 x 230mm
    Cooling Rear                  1 x 140/120mm (optional)
    Cooling Side Panel         n/a
    Cooling Top                    1 x 230mm (or 1 x 140/120mm optional)
    Cooling Bottom              1 x 140/120mm (optional)
    PCI Slots                        8 (tool-free)
    I/O                                 2 x USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, eSATA, Audio
    Power Supply                 PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)


Colossus Venom Edition case kept the original Colossus looks and features. The main difference, at users’ requests, is the choice of LEDs. Namely, you have a choice between green and red LED lights, whereas the original colossus comes with green and blue. Colossus Venom Edition is currently available only in black, but it’s priced the same as the original.

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Specs:
    Materials                      Steel, Plastic
    Color (Int/Ext)              Black/Black
    Dimensions (WxHxD)    245 x 558 x 582 mm (ATX Full Tower)
    Motherboard Sizes       Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX, E-ATX
    5.25" Drive Bays           x 5 (1 x external 3.5"; tool-free)
    3.5" Drive Bays             x 7
    2.5" Drive Bays             x 7 (using standard 3.5" drive bays)
    Cooling Front               1 x 230mm
    Cooling Rear                1 x 140/120mm (optional)
    Cooling Side Panel       n/a
    Cooling Top                 1 x 230mm (or 1 x 140/120mm optional)
    Cooling Bottom            1 x 140/120mm (optional)
    PCI Slots                      8 (tool-free)
    I/O                               2 x USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, eSATA, Audio
    Power Supply               PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)


As the name would suggest, Colossus Window Edition is the same Colossus case but with a side panel window. As you can see from the picture below, Colossus Window will be available in three colors. This model is cheaper as it lacks a few features found on the original Colossus. You can find it here priced at €140.


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Specs:
    Materials    Steel, Plastic
    Color (Int/Ext)    Black/Black or White/White
    Dimensions (WxHxD)    245 x 558 x 582 mm (ATX Full Tower)
    Motherboard Sizes    Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX, E-ATX
    5.25" Drive Bays    x 5 (1 x external 3.5"; tool-free)
    3.5" Drive Bays    x 7
    2.5" Drive Bays    x 7 (using standard 3.5" drive bays)
    Cooling Front    1 x 230mm
    Cooling Rear    1 x 140/120mm (optional)
    Cooling Side Panel    2 x 120mm (optional)
    Cooling Top    1 x 230mm (or 1 x 140/120mm optional)
    Cooling Bottom    1 x 140/120mm (optional)
    PCI Slots    8 (tool-free)
    I/O    4 x USB2.0, eSATA, Audio
    Power Supply    PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)

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-4 #1 Warrior24_7 2011-01-03 18:55
I sorry, but this is one of the ugliest cases I've ever seen! :sad:
 
 
0 #2 Blizzard 2011-01-03 19:27
A beautiful case, maybe not of ultimate quality, but price reflect that, over all very nice Body for good organs :-)
 
 
0 #3 yasin 2011-01-03 21:11
NZXT-now thats a beautiful case.
the black/red edition of this one is decent
 
 
+1 #4 JAB Creations 2011-01-04 00:32
The aesthetics are subjective to personal taste.

I don't like full face front doors, they block the lower-front intake fans. The hard drive cage moderately blocks some of the air flow so they could make a little bit more of an effort to remove material between the hard drive and the intake fan.

Did you guys test with other motherboards besides the MSI board?

Cable routing looks alright, didn't see any explicit blue USB 3.0 ports at the top even though you guys say it's supported.

For me a window and a large side fan is absolutely necessary. Going from a Raidmax with an 8800GT to my Xclio and 5770 my idle underclocked temps dropped from 168F to 118F.

Decent case though not for really demanding users.
 
 
0 #5 JAB Creations 2011-01-04 00:36
Also because I ran out of space I like the fact that the case has seven hard drive cages, if I were to add water cooling I'd rather mount it behind the 5.25 bays than have four or five empty 5.25 bays that I might use for water cooling eventually.

For those wondering about hard drive bay usage take two SSD's for RAID 0, two hard drives in RAID 1 for important personal and work related files, and then another RAID 1 for bulk files and that seventh bay would likely house a 100GB+ HD just laying around that I would test out a Linux distro with.
 
 
0 #6 nECrO 2011-01-04 06:18
aesthetics are OK, like beauty it's in the eye of the beholder. I've met a person or two who think the Corsair 800D is ugly and I think it's nearly a perfect case and beautiful. Then again, I own it and am not exactly unbiased....

As for the rest of this case, the cable management could be a bit better and Like Jab Creations said above, the full front doors are pants....
 
 
0 #7 robert3892 2011-01-04 08:47
Bit Fenix also makes matching white SATA and other associated cables if you wish to match the color combination
 
 
0 #8 Regenweald 2011-01-04 08:54
It's JUST big. no innovation, pretty much standard everything, and really big. When I first heard of the birth of BitFenix, I really was hoping for more. :sigh:
CARDBOARD...protecting the LED panel ? really?
 
 
0 #9 Bignon 2011-01-04 12:31
Great case: big, functional I specially like the HD mounting system. BUT ist's extremely ugly in my eyes, to much lights (I think it would be quite annoying in a dark room gaming!) and front doors in general are a no go for me!
 

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