Insights from the Inside: BitFenix Colossus & Survivor Chassis Previewed
Next to the Survior, the Colossus looks a little colossal indeed. It is by no means an imposing case, but mobility is clearly not the name of the game. Here is a case that is quite unlike anything we have seen before.
Like the Survivor mockup we’ve seen on the previous page, the Colossus remains a prototype at the point of writing. Some features are however, slated to go into this project, and would hence stick even in production units.
Other than providing a panel door for the Colossus, BitFenix has also made it possible for users to decide where they want the hinge to be on the chassis. You would also find an exceedingly large compartment hiding the chassis Input/Output (I/O) sockets. BitFenix wants this to be a handy storage space for Colossus users. Dump in your collection of USB stick drives, or maybe charge your phone in the compartment. Nobody said that you had to do it the way the manufacturer intended!
In fact, the compartment doubles as a miniature safe box once you lock the access cover. By looping peripheral cables around the front panel edge, you can even lock down your peripherals to impede thievery that might land you with missing input devices. Through thoughtful routing, you can even get rid of visible cable clutter on your workspace.
Moving to the rear, you will find grommetted holes allowing hoses to exit the case, should you wish to keep your radiator out and away from your Colossus.
Here is a shot of the Colossus internals. The folks at BitFenix do seem a little too busy to practice cable management! Expansion cards are secured to the chassis via tool-less clips. BitFenix has also developed some nifty straps to keep massive graphics accelerators in place during transportation.
Like the Survivor seen earlier, the Colossus depends on “Balanced Airflow” to keep your PC hardware components cool and working. This is achieved via 140mm + 230mm intake fans and another set of 140mm + 230mm exhaust fans. The Power Supply Unit (PSU) is designed to be mounted with its own filtered air intake.
Ever wondered how the Colossus looks like in the dark? Head on to the next page for a light show put up by BitFenix.