BitFenix is undoubtedly one of the top case manufacturers with all their releases teaming with innovation and unique aesthetics. This formula is what has assured BitFenix a place amongst the top, with the Taiwanese company continuing to keep ahead with the release of their new “Portal” chassis. The Portal is designed for ITX builds, and comes wrapped in aluminium, quite literally, as it is the looks that stand out more than anything, with an outer shell that appears to have been sculpted and molded to form soft curves. While it might not be to everyone’s liking’s, this is a refreshing break in the continuous releases of rectangular box cases. And while the visual aspect ticks all the boxes in our opinion, there is still the internals, which in true BitFenix fashion, has been thoroughly though out, with a removable inner frame, allowing builders to create their custom rigs with ease. An inner frame that slides into the main housing with little effort, due to the ball bearing runner design.
With the Portal providing support for ITX builds, you might be mistaken in thinking that you would be limited on hardware support, but with the internal frame supporting 120mm radiators and graphic cards up to 300mm in length. With such a unique and well crafted design, you can expect a slightly higher price tag – 139.00 to be precise. This is a hefty price for what is essentially an ITX chassis, however we feel that this is still sure to sell really well amongst those looking for a case that will sit perfectly in any environment. Keep reading below for the full press release and product specification, or head over to the official product page here.
Chassis: Type ITX Chassis
Materials: Aluminum │SECC Steel │ABS│Transparent acrylic
CPU Cooler: Up to 125mm Height
Graphic Card Length: Up to 300mm
Power Supply: SFX Form Factor
Storage Capacity (3.5″ HDD): 2
Storage Capacity (2.5″ HDD): 1 + 2
Cooling Capacity (Front): 120mm x 1 (Included)
Cooling Capacity (Rear): 80mm x 1 (Included)
Radiator Capacity (Front): Up to 120mm x 1
Front I/O port: USB 3.0 x 2 │ HD Audio MIC & Headphone
Dimensions(WxHxD): 185 x 382 x 411mm (without stand) / 247 x 395 x 411mm (with stand)
Weight: 5.81kg (net)│6.98kg (gross)
Highlights: Elegant Aluminum design │ Ball Bearing Runner design | Graphic Length up to 300mm │ Support 120mm radiator | Graphic Card window
BitFenix Press Release
As a brand always striving to create unique products, BitFenix has provided some of the most eye catching chassis over time. Today, BitFenix is proud to announce the latest addition to its line-up, the BitFenix Portal. Transcending from traditional boxy cases, the Portal was designed to balance the aesthetics of the outside shape with the functionality of the unique interior structure.
Novel Design Concept
Going beyond specification and functional design, the Portal’s elegant appearance with compact outer dimensions blend well into any environment. Premium grade aluminum molded into clear lines and discreet curves form a chassis that blends perfectly well into any environment.
Despite the compact form factor, the Portal provides a versatile scope. Mainly designed as a Home Theater PC chassis, the Portal can still be utilized as gaming system if equipped with a 120mm radiator in combination with AIO or custom water cooling solutions. Designed for ITX Motherboards, the striking key component of the interior is the Dual Frame Design. The inner chamber, equipped with enough space for a high-end system, slides into the housing via a ball bearing runner design.
Inner values and finishing touch
The Portal was designed to support today’s and tomorrow’s high-end components starting from an ITX Mainboard with Graphic Cards up to 300mm and up to two 3.5” and a 2.5” hard drives. Proper cooling is provided through the included 120mm intake and 80mm exhaust fan. To increase the cooling capacities a 120mm radiator for AIO or custom cooling is supported. The optional window on the top gives the Portal the final edge. With the inverted Motherboard tray, the view will be clear on the latest RBG-lit Graphic Cards. As a finish, the black or white coating gives the Premium Grade Aluminum a smooth touch