BitFenix Colossus M Detailed Features
The details are what differentiate the Colossus M from the others, so let’s take a closer look.
Aside from the LED lighting, the other main addition is that of a front panel door. You can see that, even closed, the power supply intake fan (if you choose to position it this way – I suppose you could reverse the PSU entirely and use it to pull hot air from the inside of the chassis instead) is still supplied with cool outside air through the door cutouts. The door does not feel cheap whatsoever, and opens smoothly on its hinges – it is held closed by magnets, and BitFenix did a great job with tuning the force required to open it. It won’t swing open by itself, but it doesn’t require much effort to pop it open either. It’s the only “Prodigy” chassis to feature a door and it has the effect of blocking/redirecting internal noise – making it a little quieter than the mATX Prodigy M.
Since the PSU exhausts hot air out of the bottom of the case, you can cover the mesh with an included shield that stays in place with the use of a few magnets. It’s designed to keep the warm air from re-entering the bottom of the case, but I’d imagine most users would make use of the 200/230mm fan option here. It’s there if you need it though!
Taking the side panels off gives us a better look at BitFenix’s LiteTrak™ system, but it also reveals another detail that is unique to the Colossus. The 2.5″ drive mounting points are missing from the side panel as they would have interfered with the lighting. If you needed every last bit of storage you may be disappointed (the mini-ITX version may be a better option for storage, although I would assume the mini-ITX Colossus version uses the same panels shown here), but that’s the price to pay for a unique lighting system. Personally, I don’t think it’s a negative since this chassis was designed with aesthetics as a priority, but it is something to be aware of. On a bit of a side note, there aren’t any LEDs to power on these side panels (no wires to hook up), the light from the front LEDs is “piped” into them from the front. It’s actually very effective, kudos to BitFenix for trying something new (although they have some experience from their first Colossus case) – I hope to see more solutions like this wherever LEDs are used.
With the 2.5″ drive mounts missing from the side panel, you’ll need to utilize the “side bar” drive mounts – but you can still fit a total of five drives here (three 2.5″, two 3.5″). The interior is the same as the other mATX BitFenix cases, so building in the Colossus M should be a familiar experience after building a system in the Phenom and Prodigy cases.
A large CPU cutout from the motherboard tray allows access to CPU cooler back plates. I would have liked to see a slightly bigger opening for routing that pesky 4/8-pin CPU cable from the power supply, but it is just as easy to route this cable alongside the bottom of the case – most fans will leave enough room to do so. You can also see the optical cable up front that helps pass along the LED light to the side panels – there isn’t a mechanical attachment here, but the ends of these fiber-optic type tubes (there’s one on the side panel too) seem to stick together; securing themselves and allowing for that wrap-around lighting.
The removable mesh filter up top detaches with a latch and reveals two mounting points for 120mm fans. They’re spaced for most 240mm radiators as well but you may need to remove the 5.25″ drive bracket in the front (and using any sort of optical drive or 5.25″ device is pretty much out of the picture if you want to use this space up top). A Crossfire/SLI configuration would place the “bottom” card right up against this intake, supplying fresh air to that card.