Hiper Osiris HTC-1K514 Review

RHKCommander959 - 2008-10-14 22:42:27 in Cases
Category: Cases
Reviewed by: RHKCommander959   
Reviewed on: November 12, 2008
Price: 169.99

Introduction:

When looking for a new case, there are a few key things to remember. Many people look for a case that is sturdy, but also looks good. Most people want their hardware to be cooled well, and some want to show it off also - but not at the cost of size. Some cases can be cramped if they are small, which can be a real pain when it comes to installing your hardware. On the other hand, some cases are so humongous that they are hard to move, and simply take up too much space. No matter what, you will want a good case to house your parts.

Most people will know HiPER for its power supplies, but the company also manufactures aluminum cases, home theater cases (HTPC), fans, keyboards, and cables. The HiPER Osiris is one of the leading new high-performance products offered by HiPER. The case is water-cooling ready with enough room inside for two 120mm radiators, and two grommets that allow an external radiator to pass tubing into the case. Also, the case is made out of an aluminum alloy (6063-T5) that also helps to dissipate heat, and yet remains tough - capable of withstanding up to 100kg (220lbs). To help dissipate heat there are a total of three 120mm case fans. The company even took the time to include a window with mesh to shield any hardware that will be interred within the case from electromagnetic interference! Hard drives may be stored in the modular hard drive rack, which is cooled by one of the 120mm fans and is tool free, as is much of the case. Will all of the attention to details from the company be all for nothing, or is this case truly Godly? We shall see how well it performs.

 

Closer Look:

The Osiris case comes in a large decorative Egyptian themed box featuring the green god Osiris on the front. The top of the box has a sturdy handle for making it much easier to carry this mid-tower case. The sides are the same as each other and feature a profiled shot of the case, its weight, model, version, etc - while the back shows off some of the features that are included amongst the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The case is protected by two blocks of foam on the base and top of the case, along with two sheets of foam at the sides. The case itself is sealed inside of a bag to also help protect it from damage during shipping and removal.

 

 

Included with the case is a purple and black mesh travel bag containing all of the accessories you need, and a bonus. Included is the manual, motherboard standoffs, Velcro wire wraps, motherboard screws, two 3-pin to 4-pin fan headers, and thumb screws for hard drives, bay drives, and the power supply.

 

 

The bonus is a limited edition key chain with a picture of Osiris on one side, and the unique serial number of the case on the other – along with the HiPER Logo, website, and Osiris name.

 

 

Now that we are finished with that, let's examine the Osiris!

Closer Look:

The Osiris is a Mid Tower ATX case that can also support Flex ATX, Micro ATX, and ITX motherboards. The case is made entirely out of a military grade aluminum alloy (6063-T5) so it is quite tough like steel cases, but much lighter. There is no plastic in any of the structure, including the removable front panel. The most impressive feature on the outside is the chrome – it looks very shiny against the black aluminum. The texture of the metal on the top and front is slightly rough; it is smooth but the metal has been modified to give it a unique look and feel. There are three 120mm fans in the case, one in front, one on top, and one on the back, plus a 120mm hole in the bottom that allows for any power supply to pump in fresh air. Included with the case are two grommets that allow for water-cooling tubes to be installed into an external device such as a radiator; the case is ready for water-cooling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

The side panel includes a window that is shielded with mesh - protecting the acrylic from being scratched, while also protecting internal parts from harmful electromagnetic interference and static electrical fields. The case feet are metal and attach by twisting studs that come through the under carriage, and are lined with rubber to keep the case from sliding around. Also, the handle for which to pull the front panel off is located here, at the front of the bottom of the case. Both side panels open via latches that must be pushed down together, then the panel can be pulled off.

  

 

The power and reset buttons, front audio, eSATA, power/hard drive activity LEDs, and USB are located on the top of the case, on a piece of metal similar to the rest of the case, and is riveted in place, leaving the front panel clutter-free of wires and easy to remove. On the top-right corner of the front panel is a picture that resembles Egyptian hieroglyphs.

  

 

Riveted in place on the top-right corner of the back of the case is the serial number that matches the key chain!

 

 

Closer Look:

Once inside you will see that the entire case minus the motherboard panel is painted black. Etched into the motherboard panel are instructions on where to install the standoffs for certain types of motherboards – it is a very concise guide. Installing the motherboard standoffs is the only job in the entire case that I suggest using a tool, other than installing the motherboard – which could also be installed with the thumbscrews if you so choose. There are five external 5.25” drive bays, two of which include a switch for installing optical drives stealthily behind the faceplates. Also included is a module that converts an external 5.25” bay into a 3.5” bay for floppy drives or other such-sized drives. Inside, the hard drive bay can hold up to four 3.5” hard drives. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

From the side panel without a window, the drives can be installed completely, and the four Velcro wire wraps can be utilized to help hide wires. The case has seven expansion slots and four vented slot covers to help keep video cards cool – especially in an SLI/Crossfire configuration.

  

 

Each fan has its own grill, there are two mesh grills for the top and bottom fan holes, a plastic filter for the bottom fan, the rear fan grill is the case, and the front fan on the hard drive bay uses a black grill. The fans use 0.33A and are not silent, but fairly quiet. All of the wires from the front panel are a standard fare- USB, switches, LEDs, but also three different connections for the front audio and an eSATA cord.

  

  

 

Here are the mounting mechanisms and latches that hold the panel onto the case - the spring loaded mechanism clasps the lip of the case while the latch locks onto the opposite-sides lip. This design requires no screws, but means that the case cannot be locked either.

  

 

Both the 3.5” module and the hard drive bay are hidden in internal 5.25" drive bays, and both also utilize rubber to help silence any drives installed within – the module uses three grommets while the bay uses strips of rubber. They are tool free and use thumbscrews to secure any devices installed. The fan that cools the hard drives also is the only fan to pull in fresh air; the other two are installed to pull air out of the system – since the fans are the same, although unlikely, a small negative pressure effect may occur within the case, starving the two fans trying to pull air.

  

  

  

  

Specifications:


Brand
HiPER
Model
Osiris
Style
ATX Mid Tower
Dimensions
20.7"(L) x 8.0"(W) x 17.8"(H)
Motherboard Compatibility
ATX/MicroATX/FlexATX/ITX
Power Supply Compatibility Standard ATX/EPS 12V
Material 6063 T5 Alloy
Net Weight 8.37kg ~ 18.5lb
Gross Weight 9.85kg ~ 21.7lb
External 5.25" Bays 5
Internal 5.25" Bays
8
External 3.5" Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Bays
4
Expansion slots
7
Cooling system
3x120mm Fans + 1x Power supply vent
Front Panel
2xUSB, Audio In/Out, 1xeSATA

 

Features:

 

All information on this page courtesy of Hiper @http://www.hipergroup.com/products.php?lv=4&cate=6&type=26&pid=130&action=Specification

Testing:

To test this case to see how well it can perform in day-to-day tasks, I will run several tests against it. Temperatures that will be recorded include CPU, GPU, chipset, and hard drive. To stress the processor and RAM, Prime95 (with Small FFTs) is run, while ATITool is used to stress the video card. HDTune will stress the hard drive with error scan. Idle temperatures are taken 15 minutes after booting into Windows; load temperatures are then taken after 30 minutes of Prime95, with the hard drive checking for errors, and ATITool running. The tests are based upon the hard drive, chipset, GPU, and CPU temperatures.

 

Comparison Cases:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, the Osiris did very well. The fans included are quiet but also do not move very much air. Also, one 3-pin to 4-pin fan connection was missing in the package so one of the fans had to be run off of the motherboard, which likely couldn’t supply enough amps to the third fan - hurting performance a bit if true. Maybe HiPER accidentally forgot to include a third connector.

The GPU throttled fan speed and attempted to keep the temperature under 50, no matter what was done to attempt an increase. Still, the Osiris beats the open-air setup, and ties or beats the Smilodon. The hard drive temperature tests are where the Osiris really shines, as the removable hard drive rack blows fresh air via the 120mm fan directly across the drive.

Conclusion:

Osiris, the leader of all the Egyptian gods on Earth. Thus this case is also leading in quality when compared to most cases - although there are a few better cases out, just as there is a more powerful god than Osiris- Ra. This case performs and looks good, but it is not the best. In general, I was impressed by the durability of the aluminum alloy, the stylish looks, and how well it kept the hard drives and other hardware cool. Installing hardware was a breeze in this case, as there is plenty of room to work inside, and the tool-free design meant a quick and easy install. There is plenty of room for even the largest video cards out, even SLI/Crossfire configurations should fit. The paint never scratched during all of the testing and assembly, and the stock case fans adequately cooled the test rig.

Not everyone will like the Egyptian theme, but at least the graphics are limited to a tiny picture in the corner. Although the motherboard tray is not removable, it didn’t seem to be much of an obstacle as I never really had an inkling to want one in this case – although such a feature would have been icing on the cake.

The case fans are mediocre in my opinion - pushing minimal air, and if replaced with anything better would make this case a top-notch contender. The welding inside looks terrible, although only one glob really sticks out, on the drive rack (the mesh helps hide this glaring fact). The case is of good quality, but a little pricey unfortunately. If prices came down just a bit, or better stock fans used, this case would be very competitive.

 

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