Founded in 2001, Hiper, also known as High Performance Group, has been making a name for themselves in the PC peripheral market. With a product line that includes power supplies, input devices, fans and enclosures. These folks pride themselves with the concept of not only creating a truly high performance product, but also in listening to the ideas and needs of their customer base. In today's marketplace, the concept of the customer being right seems to be falling by the wayside, so it is good to see somebody remember the idea.
Our topic of interest today will be one of their latest enclosure designs, the Osiris. Named after the ancient Egyptian god, the Osiris is an aluminum case with numerous features that the folks at Hiper think will make it a winner. To test this theory, we will install a system and see how well these features actually work, then look at cooling potential for a high-end system.
So, does the Hiper Osiris have what it takes to earn consideration for your upgrading dollars? Follow me as we find out.
The Osiris comes in two color choices, silver and black. Our test model comes in flashing the lighter color choice and presents a very nice physical appearance. As noted in our introduction, it is a mid-tower design so does not give the impression of wanting to need a room for itself due to a large footprint.
As far as size is concerned, this box measures in at roughly 200mm (W) x 525mm (D) x 450mm (H). This gives a nice sized enclosure without being too much for many users. The aluminum material used is a military grade alloy and has a brushed finish.
The upper portion of this enclosure features space for up to five optical drives. For those who still make use of an externally accessible device, the bottom drive bay includes a conversion plate included that allows you to have this if needed.
The top two bays also include hide-away drive covers that have a spring loaded plate that hides off-colored drives but still allows normal use of your optical drive. The cover plate is compatible with all industry standard CD/DVD drives and makes it easy to hide a dark colored front bezel on your drive.
Towards the bottom of the front bezel is a vent that allows fresh, cool air to enter the case. While internal fans are a great addition, they don't accomplish a whole lot when they don't have a fresh intake of cool air. It is good to see common sense prevail in the overall cooling design.
For those who wanted a closer look at the upper logo, here you go. Since I won't even pretend to understand Egyptian hieroglyphics, I will leave it up to the reader to decide if it is an accurate depiction of the namesake.
Moving to the top panel brings us to the front I/O ports. This is also the location of the power and reset buttons. Not only does this make for a cleaner looking front bezel, it also allows easier access to the I/O ports. Included in the panel are the usual suspects of a microphone, headphone and a couple of USB ports. Also included you will find a line in port and an externally accessible eSATA port.
The side panel is kind of a mixture between two of the most popular design layouts; mesh and window. You get a full sized Plexiglas window that has a mesh look to it. This gives you the nice looking side panel but with the better cooling capabilities of a solid window.
Finishing up our tour of the external portion of the Osiris brings us around to the back side of the box. It has the same brushed aluminum finish and is pretty standard in design with one notable exception; the positioning of the power supply at the bottom of the enclosure. This standardized layout allows the Osiris to be compatible with ITX, mATX and ATX motherboards.
Removing the side panel allows us to take a closer look at what the interior has to offer. As with the outer shell, the interior is all aluminum with rolled edges to keep you from damaging yourself when installing your new system. The empty box has a neat look and a good deal of room to work with.
The optical drive tower sits at the top of the front edge of the case. Each individual bay has an edge built in to let you easily install your optical drives. As noted earlier, the top two bays have a hinged plate that flips down when the drive tray is opened. The other bays have a more standard plate that will need to be removed if you need the bay to be externally accessible. Installation can be done normally or by using the included thumb screws sized to handle optical drives.
At the bottom of the optical drive bay is the conversion tray that allows you to install a 3'5" device, whether it be a floppy drive or a multi-media card reader. If you would rpefer to utilize this space for an extra optical device or need the space for a water cooling reservoir, just remove the tray and you are set.
At the base of the drive tower you will fine an aluminum box for your hard drives. As you can see from the photo above, it is actively cooled with a 120mm fan and this fan is positioned directly behind the venting we noted earlier at the bottom of the front bezel. There is room for up to four hard drives and each slot that holds a drive has a rubber strip in place to take care of any vibration. This keeps noise down and also keeps the vibration from working loose any screws for the system. Drives were solidly planted in their appropriate spot after mounting into this cage.
Moving to the bottom panel takes us to the area in which your power supply will be mounted. Since it is mounted in the bottom of the enclosure, the PSU fan(s) will not really be playing an active part in the overall cooling scheme of the system. Of course, this works out pretty well since there is a filtered vent in the bottom that will allow the fan to draw in cool air, circulate it through the power supply, then vent it directly out the back of the box. This will help your PSU provide the best possible power to your system.
Moving up the back panel shows us several features. The first thing that grabs the eye is the dual exhaust fans, one at the rear and one on the top panel. Both are 120mm fans and manage to do their job with very little noise. Given heat's natural tendency to rise, the placement of these two fans is optimal for getting rid of that heat that is the bane of all of us.
Also of note is the pair of rubber grommets you see above the PCI slots. Most will have already figured out that this is a huge plus for those making use of an external water reservoir system. The grommets are large enough to handle the largest tubing sizes but still useful with smaller diameter tubing since there are rubber flaps to keep the cooling system from moving around a lot.
As for the peripheral slots, each is equipped with thumb screws in keeping with the tool-free concept of this case design.
Tucked away inside the case is a small mesh bag that has some goodies to make your installation a bit easier. Let's take a quick peek to see what we get.
Well, we have screws of about any size you will need for your system, including thumb screws for most of the components. Also in the bag are a couple of extra PCI slot covers that are vented, some Velcro straps and small zip ties to help with cable management, and a keychain that includes the serial number of your case. Finally, there is a Molex splitter just in case you run into some extra power needs.
Overall, this is a complete package of paraphernalia to ensure a simple installation of your system. While none of the included items are earth shattering, it is good to see that a little common sense was used in the concept.
System installation was a snap with the Osiris. While a removable motherboard tray is always nice to see in a mid-tower design, there is a good deal of space in this enclosure so installation was not really too difficult. Overall aesthetics is good and the structure is very sturdy.
While there are only three fans included in the design, they are placed in optimal locations to handle all of your cooling needs. Running an air cooler, there were never any heat problems even when running a pair of very hot video boards. The heated air was effectively removed from the system and airflow appeared to be near perfect. It is always good to see a manufacturer take a good look at cooling needs, and it is safe to say that Hiper has done a very good job with this model.
While not fully toll-free, the Osiris does a good job of getting close. You will still need to drag out that screwdriver for the mainboard, FDD and hard drives, but that is about it. Everything else can be installed using the many thumb screws. Even the side panels use a little hinged latch at the top instead of the normal screws on the back panel.
As far as price goes, you can expect to shell out roughly $160US or so for the Osiris enclosure. While not the cheapest case around, it is well priced for the features it includes. With cooling and the windowed design already taken care of, you just need to install your components. Overall it is a decent value, but not meant to be a bargain basement product.
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