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BitFenix Colossus Venom Edition Review

By on July 16, 2012
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The most intimidatingly powerful gaming chassis that you’ll ever set your eyes upon.

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Good: Strong and sturdy build quality; advanced LED lighting system that looks menacing; convenient top hatch that can be locked; tool-less drive bay fittings.
Bad: Somewhat flimsy drive bays; Hard to pick up.
Price: AED 749
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Introduction

If you’re looking for a gaming case that will literally intimidate someone and haven’t quite found a match yet, I would like to introduce you to the BitFenix Colossus Venom Edition. There’s a lot of competition in the gaming chassis market with brands like Coolermaster and Corsair coming up with great designs every so often, but the Collosus stands out by literally breaking through the herd with its sheer power. This is a massive casing that weighs a lot and has packed with so much power that it literally borders on overkill. But for a hardcore gamer who doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, nothing screams ‘take me seriously’ than this monstrosity of a case.

Specifications

Materials SECC, ABS
Color (Int/Ext) Black/Black or White/White
Dimensions (WxHxD) 245 x 558 x 582 mm (ATX Full Tower)
Motherboard Sizes Mini-ITX, mATX, ATX, E-ATX
5.25″ Drive Bays x 5 (1 x external 3.5″; tool-free)
3.5″ Drive Bays x 7
2.5″ Drive Bays x 7 (using standard 3.5″ drive bays)
Cooling Front 1 x 230mm
Cooling Rear 1 x 140/120mm (optional)
Cooling Side Panel n/a
Cooling Top 1 x 230mm (or 1 x 140 or 2 x 120mm optional)
Cooling Bottom 1 x 140/120mm (optional)
PCI Slots 8 (tool-free)
I/O 2 x USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, eSATA, Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)

The Outside

On the outside, the very first thing that you will notice (and it’s literally impossible not to do so) is the advanced LED lighting system that the chassis holds which is the first of its kind that I’ve seen. With a menacing design all around the sides and the front of the casing, the lighting stands out from afar and can alone brighten up the darkest of rooms with the strong green LED glow everywhere. But that’s not it – BitFenix actually lets you choose from twodifferent LED lighting colors that you can at any time change from green to red. So for those who don’t want to be stuck with one particular color or want to match it with the rest of their room, this is a god-send.

The other thing is the build quality of the chassis which is phenomenal to say the least. It’s not only rigid and can definitely survive a fall (don’t try it at home though), the really neat thing about the surface is that it uses their proprietary SofTouch finish which makes the whole thing immune to scratches and fingerprints. Due to its massive 245 x 558 x 582 mm size, it’s also quite heavy especially after you add in all your components and it would be amazing if BitfFenix would have added dedicated areas to the design that a user can latch onto and easily pick up the case because the current ones are hard to reach.

Finally,  there’s a quite intuitive hatch right at the top of the case which houses not only two two USB 3.0 ports but also a fan speed control unit which can come quite in handy for a lot of overclockers out here. But there’s also a nifty compartment in that same hatch where you can easily fit a number of portable hard drives, mobile phones or small devices that will be connected to the USB ports. What’s more? There’s a lock at the front that will lock the entire hatch shut should you have to worry about security. I wouldn’t put my most valuable belongings in there, but it’s a feature that definitely shows attention to detail.

Turning it back around, here’s a good look at the ports at the back after we assembled an entire system and the build quality that it holds.

Obviously this will differ from setup to setup, but this is just a general look at it.

The Inside

When it comes to the inside of the case, the Collosus is behind no one else in the market and provides more features than you could ask for in such a massive case.

When opening up the right side, you can see a lot of these LED wirings neatly rolled up and connecting into the lids themselves.

The setup inside is as robust as you would expect. There’s a PSU mount at the floor and the casing can hold seven 3.5in drives and five 5.25in drives, but the more interesting aspect of the case is that the drive bay fittings are tool-free meaning you don’t have to screw them in but instead slide them inside. This is a great idea that adds to ease of use as well as future-proofs the case to an extent since 2.5 inch SSD’s can also be slotted  in, the bay fittings themselves are made of less than stellar quality and while we didn’t notice anything wrong with our build, they always make you feel like they aren’t secure enough.

As you can see, we managed to face no issues with our installation and everything went smoothly. There did come a point where there were a little too many cables to handle, and that’s when the impressive cable management interiors of the casing managed to help out a lot and those little slots managed to make our installation much less messy. Cooling is adequate on the casing as well, with two 230mm fans (one at the roof and one on the front) that do a great job of keeping the system running coolly for all but the most hardcore overclockers. For those, there’s also the extra rear 140mm fan that doesn’t come with the case but can always be attached later.

Conclusion

Even if just for its build quality and striking LED-lit design that will catch attention from even the biggest skeptics, Colossus Venom Edition would be a major winner by BitFenix and a formidable competitor in the full tower high-end chassis market. But their willingness to actually go further and execute handy little features like the top hatch, tool-less bay fittings and locking mechanism that really wins us over. Colossus Venom Edition definitely lives up to its heavy name with a case that should be seriously considered by any hardcore gamer that’s looking for one.


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