BitFenix Outlaw Mid-Tower ATX Case Review James White December 7, 2011 Reviews 2 Comments 14 Flares 14 Flares × Prev1 of 3NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse The one trait all PC enthusiast share is the desire to do things their own way. All those who have taken the time to research, select components, wait for parts to arrive, build, and bring a new PC to life will tell you they enjoyed every minute of it. It is about putting the “Personal” back in a Personal Computer (PC). BitFenix is a company that truly understands this idea and designs their cases with the end user in mind. Today we will be looking at the BitFenix Outlaw case which does everything its own way. Features and Specifications The Outlaw chassis has a nice list of features you may find on other cases but not implemented in the same manner. The first thing that catches my attention is the MSRP of $49.99 for a mid-tower case. Constructed of steel with a plastic front panel is the norm for this price segment and the Outlaw is no different; however, it does have the unique BitFenix Soft-Touch coating to hide the plastic. This gives the case an interesting look as the plastic is not apparent until you remove the front panel. Standing at 17.24 x 7.08 x 18.82 inches (Height x Width x Depth), the Outlaw has room for four 5.25” external bays, four 3.5” internal HDD bays, one SSD mounting point, eight fan locations (1 included), seven rear expansion slots, and four front panel USB 2.0 ports. The PSU is mounted at the bottom of the case either with the fan facing down or up. There are also 8 rubber grommets in 4 of the HDD mounting section to absorb vibration and a huge CPU cooler cutout. While a standard Mid-tower in form, the Outlaw is a reverse ATX case. This means a standard ATX motherboard will be mounted to the left panel up-side-down. At first glance it seems odd, but this would done to relocate the GPU area to line up with the 5.25” bay. This allows the Outlaw to house a GPU nearly as long as the case. A GPU up to 11” will fit without obstructing the 5.25” bay, but should handle a GPU up to 14.5” by sacrificing a 5.25” slot or two. No big deal for most modern builds that may be "optical drive free" as more and more enthusiasts take to loading their OS from a USB drive. What’s in the Box? In the box you will find the Outlaw case, a quick installation guide, and your standard packaging foam. Once you open the case itself, you will find a small box that contains various screws, BitFenix logo sticker, and ten zip ties. The screws for this case includes security lock screws, four PSU screws, and motherboard tray screws. There are also a total of 39 thumb screws for your HDD, optical drives, and rear expansion cards, making it easy to install and remove components when needed. First Impressions The Outlaw has very underwhelming appearance with few curves or sharp angles. Excluding the Soft-Touch coating on the front face, it is a standard box design. It is very clear at first glance the Outlaw is for those who prefer understated case style. There is not much to say about the exterior of the Outlaw, but the interior makes up for that in spades. Once you open the Outlaw case from the right side using the rear thumb screws, function takes the front seat. There was clear effort to get more out of standard features than other cases in the same price and size. The steel is fairly sturdy, especially the side panels. Both side panels combine for more than 50% of the total weight of the case which is no surprise as they have more steel surface area than the rest of the case. Everything is black and well painted. There is not a single square inch of the Outlaw that has not been painted. While the overall look of the case’s interior is great, there are some issues I noticed. The first thing that struck me as strange was 4 drill holes for a single SSD at the bottom of the case, just under the HDD mounting area. This was clearly a move to save a little money and to reduce the size of the case. It is often the norm of more expensive models to either have a way to use any 3.5” slot for a 2.5” drive (those with drive trays), or provide a 3.5” to 2.5” adapter. This is actually a good idea for this size case as you could use an SSD and still maintain your four 3.5” drive bays to bring your total drives up to five. Prev1 of 3NextUse your ← → (arrow) keys to browse Woox3r_pt Review shows well all stuff in the case but the review itself has some flaws. 1st - You can NEVER use 4 drives even if you remove the cooler support in the front of the case as there is only space for 3 drives on the plastic front panel, if you want to use a hard drive or some other drive that isn't visible from the outside on that place you can do it without removing the cooler support. 2nd - Your PSU can NEVER be used as exhaust on that case because: A - It's in the bottom and hot air goes up, not down B - The PSU will not disturb the airflow on the case in any way because it directly intakes and exhausts to open air 3rd - The aspect that the bottom cooler will be obstructed by a larger PSU was not overlooked, it just isn't physically possible to make it a different way on that computer case and the bottom cooler is absolutely useless on a push-pull configuration on that case because to have a push-pull you have to have a pair number of fans and 7 isn't, they made that just because, IF you have a small PSU you have the option to use one more fan if you want, which is good and adds some value to the case because it gives you more options James White Well you are partially right. If you used something that needs two 5.25" bays such as a Thermaltake Bigwater cooling loop, you could remove the fan plate and install it in the bottom two slots. This would leave the top two 5.25" bays still open for use with ODDs or front panel expansions. As long as whatever you place in the forth cage slot doesn't need external access, you could use it just fine. The PSU can be used as a exhaust on this case. I know because that is exactly what I did. Hot air does naturally move up, but at normal air pressure level, 1. Once you introduce a fan, air will flow in the direct the fan pushes to as it will have an air pressure level higher than 1. To do this with the PSU you simply install it upside down. The flipped design of the case uses the top fan slots to feed air to the graphics cards, so the case already goes directly against the natural flow of hot air Large PSUs were not overlooked so much as not considered for this case. There is nothing on the bottom preventing them from cutting additional ventilation holes all the way up to the edge of the 120 mm fan slot down there. A number of cases will extend the vent holes below a bottom mounted PSU a full 1 inch further than standard size for these types of PSU layouts. I am honestly not sure what the push-pull comment refers to. Often that relates to CPU coolers where pairs of fans can be used; however, any closed system with at least one fan to force intake and one to force exhaust is a push-pull configuration regardless of where the fans are located.