Legit Case Reviews
BitFenix Colossus Full Tower Case Review
|Date:||Wed, Sep 01, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Shane Higgins -|
External Impressions of the BitFenix Colossus
Out of the box we can get a look at the Colossus. The first thing I noticed other than the sheer size was the weight. The colossus comes by its name honestly; this case is heavy. The overall look of the case is nice. The SofTouch coating is also very nice -- it makes me think of the rubberized coating on some of the Corsair Voyager flash drives.
Just how big is the Colossus? Well, here is a shot of it next to a standard 1 gallon jug.
Looking at the right side there is the same LED lighting effect as on the left.
The top of the Colossus has the SofTouch coating. In the back there is the top exhaust vent holding a 230mm fan. In the front is the S3 compartment. To gain access you have to open the front bay door to unlock it.
The door came to us opening to the left, but it can be switched to open to the right. You just have to move the hinges. Down the sides and across the top are wire routing channels that are for running things like the head phone wires. The wires can be routed from the top, down the side to the left or right and not affect the door closing. To allow for air to enter the front, the lower surface of the door is vented.
At the top front we can see the key lock for the S3 compartment. Once unlocked, you can open the bay without the need of opening the door first. Inside the bay there are the front I/O ports, LED, and fan controls. The buttons left to right are: reset, power, fan speed, and then LED color and activity selectors.
At the back of the compartment are the two USB3 ports.
On the right side of the pocket is the eSATA port.
On the left side we have two USB2.0 ports and the audio connections.
Slipping around to the back of the case we can see there are 4 water cooling tube pass though holes. I would assume that two of these are to be for the USB3 cables that will need to be routed to the back.
Just below those there is the rear exhaust vent. The Colossus does not come with a fan installed here. BitFenix says you can install either a 120mm or 140mm fan if you so choose, but the pre-production sample we have only has mounting holes for a 140mm fan. This is also where BitFenix chose to put the S3 compartment key. I would have liked to have seen this in the accessory box. In the box it would be less likely to scratch the case finish.
The Colossus has 8 expansion slots that are mesh to allow for better ventilation.
At the bottom is the power supply mounting area. The vent for the PSU is removable from the rear, so no having to tip the case over to clean the dust filter.
The Case feet are simple, plastic rings with foam rubber inserts.
Next Page - Inside the BitFenix Colossus
Page 1 - Introducing the BitFenix Colossus
Page 2 - The Packing
Page 3 - External Impressions of the BitFenix Colossus
Page 4 - Inside the BitFenix Colossus
Page 5 - Installing Parts into the BitFenix Colossus
Page 6 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion