BitFenix Outlaw PC Gaming Case ReviewFri, Nov 11, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Now let’s take a look at putting a system together with the BitFenix Outlaw. The breakdown will be of the motherboard install, full install, and wire management. BitFenix does some nice things with the design that we will see below.
The motherboard was easy to install. The inverted configuration did not cause any issues when installation was being done. Only two motherboard screws were pre-installed so I had to install the rest with the accessory package. After the motherboard was installed you can see the advantages of it. One primary advantage I saw was air flow. When I installed a long video card I noticed that it would be located close to the top of the case. With a couple of 120mm fans at the top of the case I believe this would be a big help in cooling. Also the card length to the cage is 11 3/4″(303mm) and can extend into the cage up to 17 1/4″(438). In my example I am showing a low CPU cooler, but the cooler can be as tall at 6 1/8″ (156mm) for those looking for extreme cooling.
I am not one of the greatest wire managers. This may be easily told by other reviews that I have done. I still put forth a reasonable job with installations with a review. One thing I was also impressed about the inverted board is the case wiring. I seem to have had less wiring to hide due to the board being inverted.
The power supply was an easy install as well. It is flexible in whether you want to install the power supply on its top side or bottom side. I pointed my power supply fan downward, allowing the air to flow out of the case. With 120mm optional fan installed this would also improve the air flow.
Although I prefer case hard drive cages to point to the case door, the Outlaw has a more conventional layout at first looks. The Outlaw layout does have its advantages after a further look. The hard drive, although not screwless, was easy to install. Thumb screws are provided to secure the drive into the sliding bay. One spot at the bottom the cage will work with a 2.5″ drive such as an SSD. It must be secured from the bottom of the case. Any 5.25″ drives are installed by removing the front bezel first and sliding the drive in, secured by thumb screws.
Here is a look at the alternate side after the install was complete. I was impressed with what little wire management had to be done. The BitFenix Outlaw inverted board configuration made a lot of connection to the board a lot easier to reach without running cable all throughout the mid-tower.