BitFenix Colossus Case Review

Introduction

A decent gaming rig requires the very best chassis to protect and cool all of your expensive hardware. Today we have our first product from BitFenix with The Colossus. The Colossus is a chassis for the uncompromising enthusiast. BitFenix claims that the Colossus offers unmatched expandability, security, and cooling all wrapped up in a modern and elegant body. Well, lets find out whether the Colossus lives up to all of these claims.

About BitFenix

“Focused on combining superior design with the latest advances in technology, BitFenix creates state-of-the-art computer hardware and peripherals that blur the line between man and machine. Users shouldn’t have to adjust themselves to the way their hardware works. So, we strive to put the user in complete control of his hardware, so that it functions as an extension of his will, and not as another variable he has to compensate for. In the heat of battle, the user should not have to worry about the state of his equipment, which is why BitFenix products are engineered to perform under even the most extreme conditions. No matter how taxing the situation, users can rely on the strength of BitFenix products to perform as they are intended. Finally, BitFenix is about performance. In the top levels of competition, the difference between first and second place can be razor-thin, which means that every advantage counts. BitFenix is about making high-performing products that give users an edge.”

Features

Ready for the Future – The next generation of USB connectivity is here. Equipped with two USB 3.0 ports, Colossus allows you to connect an ever-growing number of USB 3.0 devices and experience data transfer speeds up to ten times that of USB 2.0. With USB 3.0 already built-in, Colossus can last you several upgrades, further future-proofing your system.
At Your Command – Designed to be the center of your digital domain, Colossus puts you in command with a PWM fan controller and multimode light controls. Tune your fans down for silence or up for extra cooling. Select your desired lighting color or turn them off completely. With Colossus, control is always at your fingertips.
Advanced LED Lighting System – Perhaps the most striking feature of Colossus at first glance is the advanced LED lighting system. Not only is the light evenly distributed for a truly inspired look, but the LED color is also dual-mode, which means that users can switch between red and blue lighting with the touch of a button.
Unmatched Security with BitFenix S3™ – Colossus introduces a BitFenix exclusive – S3. S3 is a storage compartment and security system in one. Place your iPhone, hard disk, or other valuables in S3 and lock them away for safe keeping. S3 will even lock down peripherals like USB mice and keyboards plugged into it, and secure everything under lock and key. Simple, safe and secure – that’s BitFenix S3.
Complete Cable Management – Messy cables not only look bad, but they can also restrict airflow in a chassis. That’s why Colossus is designed to manage cables both inside and out. Keep cables from cluttering the inside of the chassis with Colossus’ strategically-placed cable holes. Prevent cables from getting caught in opening optical drives with the unique cable-holding front bezel.
Epic Expandability – Colossus gives you the space to build your own supercomputer. Capable of accommodating eight PCI express devices and seven 2.5″ SSDs or seven 3.5″ hard disk drives, Colossus is ready for multiple upgrades – perfect for a rig of epic proportions.
Massive Cooling – When the action heats up, your system needs to keep its cool. Colossus can be outfitted with up to two 230mm fans, three 140mm fans, or three 120mm fans, meaning huge cooling potential for all system components.
Easy Installation – Big doesn’t have to mean unwieldy. Featuring a motherboard CPU cooler cutout on the motherboard tray, specially-designed motherboard standoffs, and an almost completely tool-free design, getting your system up and running with Colossus is a joy. Large yet welcoming, if Colossus reminds you of a friendly giant, we wouldn’t blame you.

Specifications

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)