BitFenix Shows Massive Atlas Case & LED Light Stripesby Kristian Vättö on June 10, 2015 4:02 AM EST
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- Computex 2015
BitFenix had one new case on the show floor called the Atlas. It's a massive "dual-chamber" design that aims to build a very clean look since the PSU, hard drives and basically all the not-so-pretty components are placed behind the motherboard.
I've added more shots of the Atlas in the gallery above. One interesting detail is the screw-less hard drive bays, although in a case this huge only four bays is a little limiting. Personally I feel that Atlas mostly wastes a lot of space by focusing solely on creating a cleaner look. Nowadays there are many cases that hide the PSU fairly well and with good cable management you can achieve a clean look without twice the size. I guess the Atlas could still have a niche for users who really need a lot of space for e.g. radiators, but I feel like it's more of a concept at this point rather than a final product.
While nothing new, BitFenix also had its Pandora mATX and ATX cases on display.
BitFenix had its own LED light stripes inside every case, which light the system up and give the user the ability to properly see the components inside. You only need two stripes for lighting the innards and obviously the stripes are available in multiple colors to fit everyone's preference. I asked about an RGB version, but I was told that and RGB version couldn't produce as pure colors and producing white light (which is one of the most popular models) wouldn't be possible at all. In addition, RGB would add unnecessary cost due to a controller requirement, so at least for now BitFenix is only shipping single-color stripes.
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meacupla - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - linkam I seeing that right? a removable mobo tray AND a removable 'ugly parts' rack?
That Atlas is definitely one of the better looking cubes I've seen.
Zak - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - linkLooks good but like the Corsair I owned case it wastes a lot of space. Floor space in particular. But I think this is inherent to the design.
meacupla - Thursday, June 11, 2015 - linkYeah, I was never a fan of these double wide cube cases.
I always thought of them as a simple solution to adding space for watercooling, when the designers could have put in some thought for a clever solution.
Silverstone TJ07, the case that Corsair 900D improves upon, was a pretty clever solution, I think.
Gigaplex - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - linkIs it just me, or is that an IDE drive next to the hard drive sled that won't actually fit due to the sled obstructing the ports on the drive?
creed3020 - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - linkDefinitely IDE drives lol.
I guess their show floor example is not actually functional.
Zak - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - linkThat's just plain weird... They didn't have a SATA drive on hand? Where did they even dig out an IDE drive?!
nathanddrews - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - linkHaven't they heard the news? LEDs are out - EL tape is in!
Impulses - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - linkGuess I'm really behind the curve, there's still a pair of cold cathodes in my case... :P
Impulses - Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - linkAtlas looks like a bigger beefier Corsair Air 540... And it still doesn't make better use of the right chamber. I like the concept for the purpose of direct airflow more than anything (easier to work with than Silverstone's rotated designs), but the right chamber should either house a dozen drive bays or be at least half the size.