Introduction and First Impressions
We test out a case from a newer brand on market
Today we’re looking at an enclosure from VIVO, a new company on the scene who has created their new Titan mid-tower enclosure to enter the enthusiast case market. We’ll see how it stacks up in an already crowded market.
A search on Amazon for enclosures will turn up the usual suspects, from Antec to Thermaltake (with BitFenix, Corsair, In Win, NZXT, Lian Li, Phanteks, SilverStone, and others in between). And right there in those search results is VIVO. Their Athena mid-tower is a nice-looking budget enclosure that sells for only $54.99, and with the Titan VIVO offering a more understated design, and some modern conveniences.
The Titan is spacious, with an open internal layout that places drive storage behind and below the motherboard tray, a common trend (Corsair’s Carbide 400C and the NZXT H440 have similar layouts). The cost of such a design (as with the aforementioned competitors) is a reduction in drive support, as only two 3.5-inch and a single 2.5-inch drive bay are included (with support for an addition pair of SSDs inside the case). This trend has its detractors, to be sure, but if your needs are limited to an SSD and a pair of hard drives, you’ll be just fine – and the Titan offers a pair of 5.25-inch bays, if desired.
Before continuing we’ll take a look at the specs for the Titan enclosure:
- Form Factor: ATX Mid Tower
- Motherboard Support: Up to 12.0” x 9.6” (ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX)
- External Drive Bays: 2x 5.25”
- Internal Drive Bays: 2x 3.5” HDD, 3x 2.5” SSD
- Expansion Slots: 7
- Graphics Card Support: Up to 410 mm
- CPU Cooler Height: Up to 170 mm
- 2x 120/140 mm front mounts (2x 120 mm fans pre-installed)
- 2x 120/140 mm top mounts
- 1x 120 mm rear mount (1x 120 mm fan pre-installed)
- Radiator Support:
- 120/240 mm front
- 120/240 mm top
- 120 mm rear
- Front Panel:
- 2x USB 3.0
- 2x USB 2.0
- 2x Fan Controllers
- 3.5 mm audio
- Dimensions (LxWxH) 472 x 230 x 503 mm (18.58 x 9.05 x 19.80 inches)
- Weight: 6.5 kg (14.33 lbs)
Our thanks to VIVO Technology for providing the Titan enclosure for our review
The VIVO arrives in a standard enclosure carton, with the usual styrofoam padding and a clear plastic bag around the enclosure to keep it scratch-free in transit.
Out of the box my first impression of the Titan was that it looks familiar, but doesn’t ape any particular enclosure. The boxy style is becoming popular in an industry that had some pretty unusual shapes a decade or so back.
The Titan features a large side panel window
Up front the Titan has a large intake grill, behind which a pair of 120/140 mm fans (or up to 240 mm radiators) can be mounted (a pair of blue LED fans are installed by default here). The cover is connected with a pair of spring loaded tabs, and it comes out with a press on each side.
An identical panel pops off of the top, revealing a second pair of 120/140 mm fan mounts.
Case I/O includes USB 3.0 and 2.0, 3-position fan controls, and 3.5 mm audio
Around back we see a standard 120 mm exhaust fan mount (fan included), along with 7 expansion slots. Nothing out of the ordinary here.
The bottom of the Titan offers four rubber feet, and a plain screen filter that you can slide out toward the rear of the case (but removal pretty much requires access to the bottom).
Next we’ll check out the interior, and try out a build with the VIVO Titan.