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BitFenix Colossus Mini-ITX Chassis Review (Page 5)

Chad Sebring | Dec 6, 2013 at 05:01 pm CST - 2 mins, 17 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Inside the Colossus Mini-ITX

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Once both door panels are off the chassis we can see the completely black interior. There is a small box of hardware in the hard drive tray, but the paperwork was shipped outside of the chassis.

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The top of the chassis offers a single 5.25" bay for an optical device or fan controller. It is also screwed into the chassis and can be easily removed to fit more cooling inside.

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On the right edge, there is this LED at the end of a tube. As the doors slide on, they go over this LED, and this is what illuminates the milky white plastic on the door panels; no wiring to deal with.

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There are two sections to the HDD rack. The top part offers three trays for both 2.5" and 3.5" drives. Grasping two tabs this is easily removable. As for the lower section, there are two drive trays, but to remove this section, you need to pull six screws from the bottom of the chassis.

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The motherboard tray has formed edges for structural support, bit both side of the tray also have wiring holes to cleanly pass wiring to the Mini-ITX motherboard that will soon be installed.

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Under the tray is where the PSU will slide it. BitFenix did not add any length here, so some PSUs will have issue in length or possible the connections if it is modular. When you do slide the PSU in, it will rest on four pads, both for support as well as isolating vibrations.

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The back of the chassis has the same 120mm fan with a 3-pin connection as is found in the front of the Colossus Mini-ITX.

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After getting some of the stuff out of the way for what we have planned, we spun the chassis around to look at it from this side. There are a couple of front panel wires to tend to, but remember, the I/O is mostly contained on the side, and will get wired last in the build process; something to remember.

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Removing the main stack of drive trays will allow for room for a pair of 2.5" drives to mount in front of the power supply, and there are also four extra holes in the floor to mount one where the rack used to stand.

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Connecting the wiring is pretty easy since there isn't a whole lot of planning involved early. The USB 3.0, lighting and switch wiring, and the audio connections all come from the side panel. Just the SATA power for the lights and a couple of 3-pin fan leads are all to tend to inside of the chassis.

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After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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