BitFenix Outlaw Review

BitFenix Outlaw Review

BitFenix Outlaw Review

Introduction

BitFenix have been busy in their design bunker of late and have yet another budget midtower chassis available called the Outlaw. This one breaks from the normal ATX style layout and bring an inverted layout to the table. With a whole host of fan mounts and a low price is it possible BitFenix have another cracker on their hands? It's best we move on to find out. This review is a very swift one we decided to push out before an impending house move so apologies for the Atkins content!

Specifications

MaterialsSteel, Plastic
Color (Int/Ext)Black/Black
Dimensions (H x W x D)438 x 180 x 478 mm (ATX Mid Tower)
Motherboard SizesMini-ITX, mATX, ATX
5.25" Drive Baysx 4
3.5" Drive Baysx 4
2.5" Drive Baysx 1
Cooling Front2 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Rear1 x 120mm (included)
Cooling Top2 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Bottom1 x 120mm (optional)
Cooling Side Panel2 x 120/140mm (optional)
PCI Slotsx 7
I/O4 x USB2.0, Audio
Power SupplyPS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)



Video Review


Conclusion

So our second budget BitFenix case in a week, the pressure is on really. The inverted layout of the Outlaw is pretty funky for a case of this size and more importantly price. There's the option to fit up to 7 120mm fans on top of the rear exhaust fan (included) the 2 fans on the side panel also have the options to fit 140mm fans should you wish to keep things a bit quieter. Having the option to fit fans also means you have the option to fit dust filters unlike the Merc.

Cable management is complicated as it has to go round the back of the HDD dock and optical bays. It is designed to be this way and has cut outs at select points up the motherboard tray but sadly there is absolutely no room behind the actual tray itself to put anything other than a fan cable.

The doors on the Outlaw feel significantly sturdier than the Merc but these have what we would call a normal sliding door latch (Merc was just pull it free). For the average user this wont really matter but as we have looked at these cases so close together it was very confusing for us. These cases are obviously not a native BitFenix design but just tarted up OEM chassis designs, it's pretty much common place in the industry, especially with lower end cases, as it helps to keep costs down. The two cases having completely different door latches is just a strange and confusing one from our point of view though.

Overall the design and build quality is great for a sub £40 chassis, with all the option fan mounting points and inverted layout you will be able to tune your fan placement to keep the temps down on even the hottest of systems. We decided to award the Outlaw the OC3D Value for money award and the Silver award. If it had of been just 5mm wider and allowed cables to be placed neater up the back of the motherboard tray it probably would have got a fully fledged gold. Its a very good case for the money but fell at the last hurdle of being a great one. 

      

Thanks to BitFenix for the Outlaw on review today, you can discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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23-09-2011, 04:54:50

tinytomlogan


BitFenix has released yet another budget case but this time it has an inverted ATX layout. What do we think about this one? Read on to find out.

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23-09-2011, 05:16:30

yassarikhan786
Excellent review as always TTL. I think the awards you gave were fair. You pointed out the flaws, even if they were quite small, but as you said it was those little things that made it stray away from being Gold Worthy. It is still a brill case, despite those little flaws .

23-09-2011, 05:19:04

Solidarity
I knew from seeing pictures a few weeks ago that cable routing would be hard, i wasn't really expecting there to be very little in the way of it. I think the awards were fair.

23-09-2011, 11:56:06

silenthill
[/size][size="3"]Nine fans mate ...... Tom what on earth are you doing ....... Gold award mate

23-09-2011, 12:43:50

Peirce_VonGothton
Quote:
Originally Posted by silenthill View Post

Nine fans mate ...... Tom what on earth are you doing ....... Gold award mate
I can't see where 8 fans would justify a gold award. I think Tom was fair on the awards.

23-09-2011, 16:12:38

silenthill
[/size][size="3"]Find me one case on the market for 40 with nine fan bays and reversed side panel, the only reason why Tom didn't give it a gold award was because of the poor cable capabilities and I bet you he had a lot of debate with himself about it.

23-09-2011, 16:40:07

Ravious
Excellent review!

23-09-2011, 17:45:18

Scoob
Nice review Tom,

You know, I often find myself almost talking at the screen during your videos asking "what about this" or "couldn't you do that" and invariably, within a few seconds, you pick up on the exact thing I was thinking of - spooky really lol. *

I think both the review and score are fair, however I think you'd only discover how restrictive it is cabling-wise when you eventually pop a build in there. If you've a build where there's a lot going on, say a pair of GPUs and associated cabling you might have problems. However a more modest build, so a single GPU especially if using a modular PSU, could work quite nicely.

In my view, very generally speaking, if you're looking at a case nearer the budget-end of the market for a new build possibly you're not putting a high-end rig in there. Still, with SLI/CrossFire being a cheap and exceedingly effective upgrade these things need to be considered to future-proof your build, as much as that's possible

Best of luck with the move Tom, hope it goes smoothly.

Cheers,

Scoob.

* The fact you think like me should concern you! lol

24-09-2011, 10:04:11

murphy7801
Definitely silver it has even for the price quite few design compromises due its apparent adapted nature. Also all those's fan holes and cheap metal must make it slightly structurally weak.

28-10-2011, 08:38:29

miker
So when are you actually going to put a system in there?

I wan't to see what air-cooler you can get in!

[as well as the cables].

Cheers

Mike
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