Conclusion: There are however a number of minor issues with the case which take some of the shine away from the build quality and design aspects. The hard drive brackets are the most noticeable and really need replaced as they are too loose when using 2.5" drives or left empty. Touch the top one slightly and there is a domino effect as they fall down one by one.
Conclusion: The Performance of the Colossus is great. The fans perform very well, and are practically silent. I have had no issues with temperatures at all, and I have not had any trouble with dust in my case. The front I/O panel performs as it should. The only thing that did not perform as well as it should was the door, and that only gave me a little trouble. If the Colossus is on uneven carpet, the door may swing open by itself once in a while, especially if bumped occasionally.
Pros: Looks great, very unique design, Allowance for different colors and modes on the external LEDs, Plenty of room for all your components, Top compartment is great for gadgets and peripherals, Great cooling system and options, Interior cable management system is superb, Security minded features (GPU straps, locking top compartment
Cons: Very Heavy, Front cable management could use a few improvements, HDD/Power LEDs are not visible with door closed
Summary: Final Thoughts
As I said in the introduction we rarely see a new player in the computer case market that really impresses us. I think the last company that did that was NZXT. BitFenix seems to know what they are doing as they are a collaboration of several veterans in both the technology and gaming industries. This means they know what consumers want and what other companies are not offering.
Pros: Awesome design, The lights!, Great cooling, Tons of room inside, Gamerspecific features, Price
Cons: The grommets on the cable routing holes came off easily, Availability
Conclusion: BitFenix made a grand debut with the Colossus, if they can keep up this high standard the future looks very rosy for this company. There were some build quality issues with my case due to the fact that it's a pre-production model, but BitFenix listened to all the feedback it received and promised to fix many of these flaws before entering mass production.
Summary: The Colossus is the first case launched from BitFenix, a new company on the market. The case has some interesting features like a very innovative TRON-like lightening, a top compartment with lock and the cable routing/hiding options. The included 2x230mm fans provide enough cooling and there is a fan controller that has spare connections for up to 4 extra fans.
Summary: It is always interesting to see how companies choose the labels and names for their products. While some are more or less what you would expect in terms of overall design, the BitFenix Colossus is a perfect fit. The case is incredibly wide, large, bulky and heavy. Clocking in at 16kg without any hardware installed, this case is not really meant to be moved around much.
Pros: Competitive price / performance, Boatload of unique features, Embedded dual color LED system in doors & front, Coated plastic for more resilience, Lockable storage included, Grooves to run cables down the front of the case, Front I/O includes USB 3.0 and attached devices can be secured against theft, Huge amount of space inside, Tool-less expansion card system works extremely well, Tool-less system for drive bays, Two 230 mm fans included, Available in black or white,...
Cons: Paint job of door not perfect, a few small areas with less paint, Mainboard hole for backplates is a bit too small, Tooling a bit disadvantagous, hinges of door look a bit ugly, Hard drive trays a bit too flexible, Tool-less optical bay system does not hold drives very tight, Heavy - very heavy, No clean way to route USB 3.0 cables out the back of the chassis
Excerpt: The BitFenix Colossus looks like a formidable gaming case, and anyone in the market for a chassis capable of building a rig to be reckoned with should sit up and take notice. There's a lot of competition in the market for the best gaming PC cases, with Corsair and CoolerMaster ruling the roost with some amazing sub-£100 chassis.
Pros: Tool free, Fan speed control
Cons: Lack of customisation for huge graphics cards, Drive bays flimsy
Conclusion: The Colossus was not intended to be a LAN case. It dislikes being shifted around on a regular basis, but it’s something that you’d want to show off to your friends. It’s a laser disco that nobody’s invited to. It’s cooling problems also mean that it doesn’t work amazingly well as a chassis for home gaming, but it might suffice as an overly snazzy case for a simple media PC, but then it’s too big/expensive for what it contains.
Pros: Flashy and good looking, USB3.0 in the I/O panel, Built-in fan controller, External/Internal cable management