BitFenix Phenom M & ITX Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

BitFenix Phenom Review

Introduction

In the next few weeks we're going to be taking a look at the latest releases from BitFenix.  First up is the Phenom, a practically cuboid case measuring just 250x330x374mm (WxHxD).  Based on the Prodigy chassis, the Phenom is available in both Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX flavours, and in both Midnight Black and Arctic White.  As you might expect the case has also been given the once over with the ever-so-slightly naughty BitFenix "SofTouch" surface treatment.  Although both the Mini-ITX and M-ATX versions of this case share the exact same external panels, as the Mini-ITX shares its internals with the Prodigy, for the majority of the review we're going to be concentrating on the M-ATX version of this case.  It might be small but you can fit a surprising amount inside the Phenom, 5 expansion slots, room for up to 5x3.5" drives and 5x2.5" SSDs, tall CPU coolers, long GPUs, and did we mention you can also get a 240 Rad in there!.  For the full picture let's have a look at the technical specification.

 

Technical Specification

Case TypeCube Case
Motherboard SupportMicro ATX     Mini ITX
Power Supply SupportATX
Maximum GPU Length320mm (HDD Cage Removal May Be Required)
PCI Expansion Slots5
External 5.25" Drive Baysn/a
External 3.5" Drive Baysn/a
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays5 (4 + 1 Using Included Adapter)
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays5
Front I/O Panel2 x USB 3.0     HD Audio
ColourBlack or White
Removable Motherboard TrayNo
CPU Mounting HoleYes
MaterialsSteel Plastic
Dimensions (LxWxH)374mm x 250mm x 330mm
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08-11-2013, 10:17:25

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...105354696l.jpg

A sleek cuboid case from BitFenix, available in Black and White as well as Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX versions, what's no to like!


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08-11-2013, 10:25:46

Feronix
Finallyyyyyy

I seriously want the Phenom mITX in white. Wish they made a side panel window option available though Going to read now, thanks Gary!

Edit;
Hey I have just read through it (skipped some of the mATX parts) and it leaves me with two questions.

1) The front of the Phenom is completely closed. Why is there still a 5.25" bay on the inside? You couldn't acces it from the front anyway. I know it's easily removable and most people won't use an optical drive anyway but it just leaves me wondering.

2) Would it be a bad idea to drill some more holes into the sides where the front fans would intake? Would it make the case less stable or anything? And also is there no 'gap' in the bottom (of the front panel) for air to get through, and if so, would it look silly to create one?

I have lots of ideas for this case but I want to do a high-end build and if it's not good enough, it's just not good enough, as much as that sucks cause I love the way it looks and the options that it offers for the price.Quote

08-11-2013, 14:24:31

G-Dubs
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1) The front of the Phenom is completely closed. Why is there still a 5.25" bay on the inside? You couldn't acces it from the front anyway. I know it's easily removable and most people won't use an optical drive anyway but it just leaves me wondering.

2) Would it be a bad idea to drill some more holes into the sides where the front fans would intake? Would it make the case less stable or anything? And also is there no 'gap' in the bottom (of the front panel) for air to get through, and if so, would it look silly to create one?
1) The 5.25" bay is there as it is on all models that share the same original Prodigy chassis. From a manufacturing standpoint it's cheaper to leave it there than it is to press new panels without it.

2) All pretty much depends on your modding skills, but there's not too much that can be done to improve matters significantlyQuote
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