Hiper Osiris

Written by Harry Butler

September 1, 2008 | 08:01

Tags: #120mm #alloy #case #review

Companies: #hiper

Moving round the case

The left side panel is dominated by the enormous meshed Perspex window, and the whole side panel is in fact identical to that on the Anubis - the Osiris is a follow up case after all.

This means there are no screws or bolts holding the window in place, the Osiris instead using two tension clips at the base fitting over the case’s “lip” and two pull down clips at the top to release the door. This system works perfectly well, and the case and door are perfectly machined and fit together flush every time.

The right hand side panel is the same (sans meshed window of course), and is just as easy to remove. However, the easy access to internal components might be of concern to dedicated LAN goers, as there isn’t any way to lock the side panels, and thus protect your precious hardware inside.

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Personally, I don’t really see the point of a mesh and and Perspex window for the side panel, and while I’m sure it produces a more subtle effect with internal lighting, isn’t the point of a case window to actually see inside of your case? Apparently the mesh is in place to ensure the case doesn’t emit too much electromagnetic interference – this is the reason why many case manufacturers ship windowed side panels separately - but the mesh just spoils the view. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem if the mesh was removable, but there are “warranty VOID” stickers all over the screw mounts for it, so while it’s an option, you’ll be sacrificing your warranty for the pleasure of a clear view inside.

The base of the case has four screw mounts for the included rubber feet and a base mounted 120mm fan mount, this time with dust filter. This ventilation is specifically for the power supply mounting, and the dust filter is to try and stop your PSU acting as a vacuum cleaner and hoovering up all the dust, hairs and other nasty bits that tend to reside beneath your PC.

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On the top panel we find an identical front panel to that of the Anubis, with ESATA, two USB 2.0 ports, mic, headphone and even a line in port, as well as power and reset buttons with Martin-test passing tactility. The front panel is brilliantly well cut, with no gaps between buttons and fascia at all – hardly surprising when you find out it’s been cut with a diamond laser – pew pew!

The top panel also features a single 120mm blow hole at the rear of the case, with a second 120 out take at the top of the rear panel. We’ve seen this cooling configuration before and the strategy of surrounding the CPU heatsink with outtake fans has previously produced the leading result for our CPU load test, although this configuration isn’t exactly well known for low noise cooling.

So an impressive exterior with plenty of promise gets the Osiris off to a flying start, let’s see if it can continue the quality internally.
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