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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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External View

With the Colossus removed from the packing material, the LiteTrak system and Bitfenix logo stands out against the jet black SofTouch finish of the front bezel. The front bezel swings opens to allow access to the 5 ¼” drive bay and air intake.

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Some may have concerns with a door that could possibly block air flow. When looking at these angles you can see that Bitfenix already thought of this and vented the back side of the door and the top to allow air to continue to flow while keeping with the smooth exterior.

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As you can see, the LiteTrak system extends along each side of the Colossus to provide lighting on 75% of the case. We will take a closer look at this later in the review. The hinges for the front door feel very sturdy and should withstand years of opening and closing. If you look closely on the edge of the front bezel, right below the LiteTrak there is a button that turns the LEDs on/off. It also rotates red, green, blue and pulse.

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The reverse side of the Colossus has the power and reset button, two USB 3.0 ports and audio connectors. All of the cables are bundled on the rear side of this side panel.

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Similar to the Phenom and Prodigy series cases, there is a removable vented cover located on the top to make installation of radiators or fans a breeze.

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To help keep your rig clean there is a removable dust filter by the power supply air intake. The filter slides out for easy cleaning. The feet are designed to keep the Colossus just high enough to insure constant air flow.

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To finish off the Colossus ITX exterior view, we swing around to the rear on the case. Located towards the top is a factory installed 120mm fan to provide rear exhaust. A 140mm fan or radiator can also be placed here. As you move down, the board I/O and cover will be fitted into this middle location with the PSU mounting bracket below.

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The Colossus mini ITX offers two expansion slots but almost every GPU requires two slots and mini ITX boards only have one PCI-e slot. I bring this up only to put into perspective a situation which some may view as a limited amount of slots.

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Now that we have covered everything on the exterior, we can move onto what the Colossus offers internally.

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One Comment


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