BitFenix Portal Review

BitFenix Portal Review

Introduction 

It’s been a while since BitFenix have released an M-ITX case as good as the all conquering Prodigy.  Sure, there were a few variations on the theme, but for the greater part they all used pretty much the same chassis.  As the chaps over at Betfenix have never been ones to rest on their Laurels, and perhaps with the need for a refresh in mind, they got busy with the old slide rule and have released the new Portal case.  First impressions are good, the case is Aluminium over a steels chassis, with hardly a sniff of plastic to be found save for the acrylic window in the top from which we’re assuming the Portal takes its name.  We say assume, as strictly speaking a portal is an entrance or a gate, but can be devolved to mean a way of viewing into another realm.  Also you can actually buy a Portal without the window, so that would make it a portal-less Portal.  Anyways, best we stop rambling and have a look at the tech spec and see what lies beneath the stunning Aluminium skin.

 

Technical Specification

Dimensions  382x185x411mm (HxWxD)
Material  Aluminium skin over Steel Chassis, Acrylic Window.
Form Factor  M-ITX
Colour  Black (White also Available)
Weight  5.81kg
Front I/O  2xUSB 3.0 HD Audio 
Expansion Slots  2 
Air Cooling

 Front:  1x120mm

 Rear:   1x80mm 

Water Cooling  Front:  1x120mm
3.5″  2 
2.5″  3 (2 shared with 3.5)
PSU  SFX or SFX-L (not supplied)
Max GPU Length  300mm 
Max CPU cooler Height  125mm