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Bitfenix Collosus Mini ITX Review

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Posted April 18, 2014 by Sandy Bruce in Cases & PSU

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Release Date: Q1/14
 
Price at time of Review: $99
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Price, FlexBays, Cooling options, LiteTrak, Quality
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Limited Cable routing,
 
BOTTOM LINE:
At the end of the day this is a major facelift to a product already beloved. The platform mounting plate, standard size PSU location, removable bays, longer GPU support, and great cooling options makes the Colossus mini ITX a solid choice for small projects.
by Sandy Bruce
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Introduction

Lately it seems I have been covering the smaller side of things in reviews. If you read any of them, you will know that I am not a big fan of the diminutive size of Micro and Mini anything when it comes to computing. The bigger the better has been my motto. Huge cases that could fit every feature you might ever want, plus the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, have been my focus for the last few years. Despite this, not too long ago I had the chance to experiment with some of the newer small offerings from Bitfenix and MSI in the form of the Prodigy M and the Z87I Micro ATX Gaming board. I freely admit that I had a change of heart.

To my surprise the performance difference between full size and snack size has been erased during this recent resurgence of the minuscule. Bitfenix is now giving me the chance to go even smaller with a Mini-ITX based Colossus M in an effort to fully rehabilitate my aversion to pint size PCs! If it is anything like the Prodigy M, they might just succeed. Let’s dig in and find out!

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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.

Combining a deep understanding of gaming and other high-demand computing applications with superior engineering and design know-how, the BitFenix team is dedicated to creating the go-to computing products and peripherals for those who refuse to quit.

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Specs

Materials Steel, Plastic, SofTouch™
Colors (Int/Ext) Black/Black,
Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 330 x 374mm
Motherboard Sizes Mini-ITX
5.25″ Drive Bays x 1
3.5″ Drive Bays x 5
2.5” Drive Bays X 8(5 + 2 + 1 )
Cooling Top 120mm x 2 (optional)
Cooling Front 120mm x 2 (1 included) or 140/180/200/230mm x 1 (optional)
Cooling Rear 120mm x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1 (optional)
x 2
I/O USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)
Extras LiteTrak™ lighting system, SofTouch™ surface treatment, tool-free drive locking mechanisms, filtered intakes

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