Hiper Osiris Aluminum Mid Tower Case

Posted by on Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 6:54am

Hiper Osiris Aluminum Mid Tower Case

Just recently Hiper sent out a press release about this case they were revealing at Computex. The subject of the PR was a new case with a lot of features of the Anubis with some new goodies. With fans located in the front, back and top of the case your video card and other items in need of cooling will get terrific air circulation. All the other features that we will talk about thru out the review are great, but what I really like is the mesh side panel and stealthiness of the media drives.

 

 

Introduction of the Hiper Osiris

Hiper is one of those companies that are known for one thing when they make so many. That one product that most of us know of is power supplies. It is not a good thing to be known for something that you are good at. The original Type R was a first because of its way of connecting the modular cabling to the main unit. It used metal circular quick connectors that not only make connecting quicker but also look good. There are no cheesy plastic connectors with Hiper power units.

Just recently Hiper sent out a press release about this case they were revealing at Computex. The subject of the PR was a new case with a lot of features of the Anubis with some new goodies. With fans located in the front, back and top of the case your video card and other items in need of cooling will get terrific air circulation. All the other features that we will talk about thru out the review are great, but what I really like is the mesh side panel and stealthiness of the media drives.

About Hiper

High Performance Group was founded in Milton Keynes/UK in 2001. Based on high-end marketing and technology expertise the company is now among the leading manufacturers of PC Components in the world with 6 offices and 3 warehouses.

The brand name HIPER represents the cutting edge technology, quality, passion and entrepreneurial spirit of more than 250 employees throughout Europe, Asia and North America put in every single product that is shipped from our own manufacturing facilities.

Always dedicated to the best quality, design, technology and price, every HIPER development meets our rules:

Only products that claim leadership.
Only products that can be afforded by a student with the salary of one week.


From the very first glance, you can easily see the theme Hiper’s case is offering. The black background is the canva for a heavy greek theme that consist of the images of the case with features listed on the back.

The case comes with everything needed to secure a complete high system. Besides all the screws, nuts and bolts, you are given a heavy metal keychain representing the Isiris insignia with the serial number of the case you have.

 

 

Specifications

Category

Specification

ATX Mid Tower Case

I/O panel

USB 2.0

2

Audio in

1

Audio out

1

line in

1

ESATA

1

Driver Bay

3.5 " Floppy

1

5.25" (Exposed)

5

3.25" (Modular Rack)

4

Motherboard

Form Factor

ATX / MicroATX / FlexATX / ITX

Power Supply

Form Factor

Standard ATX / EPS 12V

Cooling System

120mm fans with 1500 rpm

Top (exhaust) x 1

Rear (exhaust) x 1

HDD Modular Rack (exhaust) x 1

Material

 

6063 T5 Alloy

Thickness

 

2.0mm (0.08")

Dimension

 

526(L) x 202(W) x 452(H) mm

 

20.7" x 8.0" x 17.8"

Net Weight

 

8.4 Kg

 

SCREWS

Screw Type

QTY

Usage

#6-32 (Thumb screw)

x 24

HDD,PSU

M3 (Thumb screw)

x 24

floppy, optical drive PCl bezel

M3

x 15

M/B

Stand off

x 15

M/B

 



Hiper cases have one common theme and that is their naming scheme. All their cases, yes all two of them, are named after Greek gods. In the case of our review here, Osiris is the Greek god of the underworld. I don’t know what the god of the underworld has to do with a computer. . But Hiper markets the one case that is built for a lifetime. And that could be true as the case is made of 6063 T5 alloy metal that is pretty sturdy and built to take a beating if needed. Besides being good looking, the heavy metal serves as a passive heatsink to aid in heat dissipation. And because the case is aimed at the gamer and enthusiast market, Hiper made sure the case has good airflow via three cooling fans. 

Before placing any piece of PC component inside the case, the weight is only 18.5 pounds. This is not that bad of an amount when you consider the metal that was used to make it. This is five pounds lighter than the Anubis which has about the same size, due to the metal being 1 mm thinner: 2.0 mm versus 3.0 mm. The quality of the build is similar to the Silverstone case like the TJ09 but without the height, as the Osiris stands only 21 inches high.

And because of the anodized metal, the Osiris will attract its sure of finger prints and will require an occasional cleaning to maintain its good looks.

Looking at the Osiris from the front, you get some idea of what it has to offer when it comes in the form of drives. The top two 5.25” bays have stealth doors preinstalled to hide any ugly media drives. Just below them are three more 5.25” bays for whatever front panel devices you may want to use. Below the five 5.25 bays is the front ventilation area for the front 120 mm cooling fan. For anyone thinking of using a floppy drive or any other 3.5” external device, Hiper includes a 5.25” to 3.5” adapter plate.

Turning the case to the right you will see other feature that Hiper is proud of and that is the mesh window. Instead of using the normal glass window, Hiper went another route. It may seem weird but it really complements the rest of the case. The mesh still allows you to see thru the panel but just slightly. Above the mesh window are two silver metal latches that secure the panel to the case. A simple downward pull of the latch opens the inside of the case to the world.

The opposite side has the same two latches but without the mesh. It would have being cool to have both sides identical and symmetrical. Maybe Hiper will make this an option later.

The top of the case shows off the brushed aluminum. Up front is where one would plug in external devices. Hiper left off the firewire port and added a single eSATA port. That’s an instant thumb up in my book. Alone with the eSATA port are two USB 2.0 connections. Add in three audio ports, power/reset and LED lights, you have almost everything needed for interaction with the Osiris. At the rear of the top is a 120 mm fan opening for escaping warm air.

The rear of the case has a little bit going on than most cases. First of all, at the top of the case is a metal plate that contains the serial number of the case. This matches the number on the key chain also. For the water-cooling freaks out there, two inlets/outlets for tubing up to ½” in diameter are included.

Lastly, on the bottom of the case, are four rubberized feet to make sure the case stays planted.

 

 

 



Removing the left side panel allows you to get better acquaint with the internal settings of the Osiris. The whole layout is pretty simple but spacious. Before we get to the specifications of the case, I would like to say that Hiper did well by making the inside black just like the outside, except when it comes to the motherboard tray which is silver. But the black inside makes for a better looking interior. This is something I wished other case manufacturers would adapt.

The Osiris is capable of supporting various sizes of ATX motherboards ranging from mATX to standard size boards. Hiper carefully laid out the mounting holes for whatever board you decide to use. Only thing that could be added would be some sort of removability to the tray.

The front, as you can see, will easily accommodate three hard drives via the HDD rack and six 5.25” devices. Removing the HDD rack reveals a multi-drive rack that looks more like a heatsink. And this is also one of the features of the rack as it adsorbs heat away from the drives. The inside of the rack is aligned with rubber strips to aid in vibration and noise. Mounting in front of the rack is an all black 120 mm cooling fan. All drives are mounted with screws. So this throws out the tool less case option.

We removed the opposite side panel as well to see if there was anything exciting. There was not much here but Hiper did leave small notches in the motherboard tray to aid in cable management. We were able to hide a few of the power supply cables under the tray.

The bottom of the case has a large round opening for power supplies that have top mounted fans.

The power supplies sit on small rubber bushings to eliminate vibration and noise.

The money shot we removed all the panels to give you some ideas of what you have in store with this case.

The interior rear of the case is uneventful except for the 120 mm cooling fan.

 

 

 



Assembling

Components used:
Intel Core2Quad Q8400
DDR2 OCZ Reaper X PC6400 (4-4-4-12)
Seagate 160GB
Western Digital 80GB
Gigabyte X38-DS4
Stock Intel fan
Hiper Type R MkII

The full assembly time of this build was pretty quick and painless. But not without a quirk or two. Below we have a quick shot of the power supply installed.

Here we have my Gigabyte EX38-DS4 motherboard installed. The tray is just large enough to house the motherboard. If you are using a larger server-type motherboard, there is plenty of room for it to fit but it would overlap the edge of the motherboard tray.

Next, we have the DVD and hard drives installed. The Osiris uses screws to mount all drives. There are easier ways of doing this but the current way looks better.

The one thing that I did not like about this case was the lip that extends from the top of the case to the bottom at the rear. This lip interfered with the screwing down of the thumb screws that holds the add-in cards in place. Granted these are thumb screws and can be tight mostly by hand, but for people that want that added security they will need to use a very small screwdriver.

Noise

When it came to noise we don’t have any complaints as there was only a noise hum that most of the time was drawn out by other things within the room like hard drive enclosures. Maybe if the black areas of the inside were covered in some type of sound dampening material we wouldn’t have heard what we did.

 


Conclusion

First thing first, and that is the Hiper Osiris in my eyes is one classic looking case. There are no signs of extra bling or flash to make this case scream for attention. It does that just by being simple and tasteful in design. The stealth doors are not new to the market but still great when keeping the contrast of the case the same.

The quality of the Osiris is pretty damn good as well. The thick aluminum panels that make up the case are not as heavy as you would think, hitting the scales at just lower than 19 pounds. And to add to the features of the panels of the Osiris, they are all removable to help in making the build easier.

Room is another asset of the newest Hiper case. With the internal design being very simple and the power supply being mounted on the bottom of the case, it is made for a lot of space.

There are a bunch of smaller features that I can go on and on about but I will make it brief as to what they are:

  1. Side Panel latches
  2. Removable HDD rack
  3. Mesh side panel
  4. Three 120 mm cooling fans
  5. A lot of room for drives
  6. Top mounted I/O ports

That is quite a list of good things about this case but let’s get to the negative things. And the first thing would be the availability of the Osiris which is nonexistent. But Hiper states in its press release the suggested MSRP would be $179. This, to some, may be a lot of money for a case. But then I look to cases from companies like Lian Li, Silverstone, Zalman and some Coolermaster cases which can cost well over $200, people are willing to pay for quality and the Osiris has that.

The other small problem I see with the Osiris is for people that want to tighten the rear screws that secure all your add-in cars with a screwdriver. There is a small lip that prevents this unless you have a really small tool to do this with. Thumbscrews are used here so I see no real problem. But some may feel differently about it.

I would like to thank Hiper for sending over the Osiris to us. It was a pleasure reviewing it.

 

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