by Greg King on March 4, 2009 in Cases & PSUs
When we took a look at Hiper’s Anubis chassis just over a year ago, we were quite impressed, to say the least. For a company that seemed to come out of nowhere, their first offering was robust, well-designed, and feature-packed. We of course had high hopes when we received their follow-up Osiris. Does it live up to our expectations?
The Hiper Osiris is a good PC chassis. Getting that out of the way, there isn’t much that truly jumps out and sets it apart from the rest of the competition aside from the fancy side panels. I know that the individual numbers and key chains do in fact set it apart from the pack, but from a chassis-only perspective, the Hiper Osiris is just another mid-tower. Albeit an above-average mid-tower.
The only thing that I truly dislike about the Osiris is the flimsy aluminum used for the motherboard tray and back of the case. I literally stripped two separate PCI bracket threads when installing our test hardware into the case. To be fair though, this is a problem on many different brands of cases, not just Hiper’s.
Now that we have the bad out of the way, let’s look at the positives, and there are far more good points than bad. The main thing that the Osiris has going for it is the build quality that is put into each case. Using military-grade aluminum gives the case a very sturdy look and feel. I can attest to this quality as I have taken my Anubis too many LAN parties and have never had an issue to date. Speaking of LAN parties, I’ll be taking it down to Asylum LAN soon for another one of their extravaganzas, and I am confident that the Anubis will make another safe trip to and from.
Getting back on point, the Osiris also provides more than adequate air flow to feed the GPU and CPU coolers. This flow will surely decrease when more hard drives are added to the case, but if you’re only running one or two, airflow will not be a problem. Easy tear down is also a great advantage that the Osiris has over cases that use the standard thumb screw to hold the side panels in place.
With all that in mind, the Osiris comes out ahead when compared to other mid-tower cases, but not by much. It’s basically an Anubis with the power supply on the bottom and without and a door on the front and the large heat sink on the top. It does incorporate an eSATA port on the top I/O panel which is a great use for anyone that uses eSATA on their external drives. While Hiper doesn’t earn an editor’s choice this time around with the Osiris, they do earn an 8 out of 10. It’s not perfect, but what it lacks, it makes up in spades with it’s easy-to-disassemble design.
- All-aluminum design.
- Extremely sturdy.
- Spring-loaded latches on side-panel.
- Great cooling performance.
- Unique chassis – individually numbered.
- Non-removable motherboard tray.
- PCI bracket is constructed out of flimsy aluminum.
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