Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Colossus Mini-ITX chassis is made mostly of steel painted black throughout. The front of the chassis offers a pointed, plastic, front bezel that has been coated with SofTouch and also offers a large V-shaped light under a BitFenix logo. The sides of the chassis continue the lighting as it angles across both sides. There is even a button provided to swap colors between red, blue, and green lighting. The front I/O is offered on the right panel, and is why the front door swings to the left. Inside of the chassis there is a single, yet removable 5.25" bay at the top of the chassis. Below that is room for many fan options, including 230mm fans, and there is a dual hard drive bay arrangement that is completely removable and modular. The motherboard tray sits above the PSU area, and will only house mini-ITX motherboards. For those looking to add a powerful video card, two expansion slots are provided in the back of the chassis.
Moving back to the chassis cooling, BitFenix ships this chassis with a 120mm in the front, and another in the rear of the chassis to offer some basic airflow. For those looking to add options, the top of this chassis will house a pair of 120mm fans, the rear can be changed out for a 140mm fan, but the front has all sorts of options. There can be two 120mm fans, a single 140mm, 180mm, 200mm, or 230mm fan to blow as much air through the front of the chassis as you need. For those looking to water cool inside of this compact chassis, with the optical drive removed, both AIO's and custom loops can be housed inside. While there is room for a radiator at the top, and one at the front, if trying to run a pair of 240mm radiators, thickness and fan placement may cause conflicts between the two areas.
While the Prodigy is available now for $79.99, just as some perspective, the release price we were told for the new Colossus Mini-ITX being what it is really makes sense, and is even a fair deal. Once you consider that the Prodigy was basically flat, and the handles made of plastic weren't really that huge of a cost to manufacture. Once you look at R&D for lighting schemes that won't melt when left on for days, weeks, even months at a time is just one thing to look at. The front of the chassis is completely new, and we know new tooling does not come cheap.
With those sorts of things in mind, and the fact that the Colossus Mini-ITX will list for $99.99 US dollars makes a whole lot of sense, and is easily worth the investment for what BitFenix is offering this time around. Now there may be an initial price hike with limited locations at first, but wait it out, pricing will soon settle out.