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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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