BitFenix Colossus M Overview
The outside has changed the most from the previous Prodigy-based cases, so let’s start there.
The Colossus M inherits its looks from its namesake, complete with an LED band that wraps around to the side panels. Sharp angles and edges are used here, giving this Colossus a distinctive style of its own. Most prominently, the Colossus M differs from the others in that it includes a front door – everything above the diffused LED strip swings open to the left, revealing a filtered mesh intake for the 5.25″ bay and power supply fan.
That LED strip (using BitFenix’s trademark LiteTrack™ technology) wraps around to the side panels. This has the side effect of cementing each panel’s side in place – not literally of course, but the previous Prodigy-type chassis could have their side panels swapped at will. This was useful for placing the cables for the front panel header “out of the way” and making cable management a bit easier, but you won’t have that option with the Colossus M. It’s a perfectly acceptable trade-off for the aesthetics, but as we’ll see later that isn’t the only compromise involved.
The left side panel contains a wrap-around track for the LEDs as well, and the small button on the front panel is the toggle switch for the Red/Blue/Green/Pulsing LED modes.
The top of the Colossus M is coated entirely with their signature SofTouch™ finish, which adds a unique look and feel to the case. I personally prefer these types of coatings; I even wish they would have extended the same treatment to the side panels. It hides fingerprints pretty well, although if you have anything oily on your fingertips it won’t wipe off as easily as gloss. Still, I like the way light reflects off it and the way it feels on your fingers – it’s a “premium” feeling, and the Colossus M uses it to great effect.
The rear of the Colossus M provides a hint of the interior layout – again, we find the inverted motherboard arrangement of the Prodigy M and Phenom M cases, with five PCI expansion slots (an important feature, especially for Crossfire/SLI users – most mATX cases stop at four slots). A 120mm BitFenix Spectre fan is installed by default, but there is room for a 140mm fan here as well.
The bottom mainly consists of mesh for the twin 120mm or single 200/230mm fan options. A cutout for the PSU is up front, and the mounting locations for two 3.5″ drives can also be seen (of course, that’s only if you forgo the fans, or stick with a single 120mm).