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Monday, 03 January 2011 14:38

BitFenix Colossus computer case tested - 3. The look: Inside

Written by Sanjin Rados

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Review: The legend of Colossus


Before we take a look inside the Colossus, we have to say a few words about the unusual side panels on this case. Namely, both side panels are made of metal and are very heavy and tough. BitFenix wanted to make sure that the panels will take heavy blows without damaging the large LED panel, which can be seen on the picture below. 

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The LED panel is covered with thick plastic, also for protection.

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The LED panel requires power via the 2-pin cable. As we already said, the panel can glow red or blue.

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The space inside the Colossus is divided in three parts, i.e. space for motherboard and PSU, space for storage and optical device chamber.

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Thanks to the bundled adapter, you can use 5.25 inch bays to house a 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ drives. 


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All the 5.25 slots come with tool-free locking mechanisms, securing the drive from both sides.

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The HDD tray can take up to seven 3.5’’ or 2.5’’ drives.


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Two large 230mm fans take care of cooling and airflow. BitFenix arranged a push-pull combination where the front panel fan draws air and the top panel one pushes it out of the case. We must admit that the white color of the fans is a pretty nice touch.

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The Colossus will take up to four fans but you can use up to 6 is you replace the 230mm with two smaller ones.

Colossus is a high-tower case and packs room for 8 expansion cards. The locking mechanism requires no tools to operate and will keep any card firmly in place.

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The PSU is on the bottom of the case where it is seated on rubber feet for preventing vibration noise. The air outlet below the PSU has a dust filter, which can be removed without having to open the case – a simple tug from the back of the case will suffice.

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The bottom of the case features an additional air outlet with a dust filter. If you chose to do so, you can use another 12/14cm fan here. The case is about one centimeter from the floor.

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BitFenix left plenty of holes on the motherboard tray, in order to make cable management easier. Furthermore, the company left notches for tying cables, something that many other high quality cases can’t brag with.

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The Colossus’ fan controller has six connectors, which means that it will cover any possible fan configuration.

As you can see, there is enough room between the side panel and motherboard tray to keep all the cables that clutter the inside of the case.


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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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