BitFenix Prodigy M Review

Introduction and Technical Specification

BitFenix Prodigy M Review

Introduction 

The Prodigy case has been a success since it's release back in 2012.  Over the last 18 months or so BitFenix have continued to refresh the line adding the option of windowed side panels and more colour options than you can shake a paint mixing stick at.  What the case has always lacked though is the ability to house the larger, and often cheaper M-ATX motherboards.  It didn't take long for the modding community being the innovators they are to recognise the potential and set about transforming many a Mini-ITX Prodigy o accept the M-ATX board.  Perhaps it was always on the cards, or perhaps it was in response to the desire of the community to have native M-ATX support, either way BitFenix have played a blinder and released the Prodigy M, Same exterior as the original M-ITX version but with M-ATX internals.

 

Technical Specification  

MaterialsSteel, Plastic
Colours (Int/Ext)Black/Black, White/White
Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 404 x 359mm
Motherboard SizesMicro ATX, Mini-ITX
5.25” Drive Bays x 1 (removable)
3.5” Drive Bays x 4 (2 + 2)
2.5” Drive Baysx 5 (3 + 2)
Cooling Top120mm  x 2 (optional)
Cooling Bottom120mm  x 2 (1 included) or 200mm x 1(optional) or 230mm x 1 (optional)
Cooling Rear120mm  x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1 (optional)
PCI Slotsx 5
I/OUSB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
Power SupplyPS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)
ExtrasFyberFlex™ Composite handles, SofTouch™ surface treatment,  heat shield
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Most Recent Comments

21-10-2013, 06:07:13

SieB
It's a shame that all they did was take the itx version and copy what the modders have been doing.

The case is a bit cramped for M-ATX, with the itx version you have plenty of room for decent water cooling and good airflow. You were also not restricted on the length of the GPU either.

I think Bitfenix could of put more effort in and made the case slightly bigger for the M-ATX version. Either that or just stick to the itx design but make the case wider so you can fit a M-ATX board in the way you fitted the itx one in the original Prodigy.

It's not a bad case and does the job, but I can't help thinking it could have been much better.Quote

21-10-2013, 06:11:05

Feronix
Exactly. There's too much compromise for my liking.

Surprised it got a Gold Award if I'm honest, but it was still a good read Quote

21-10-2013, 07:56:39

barnsley
This just makes me want to work on a M-ATX machine for myself even more now. The others are right though, there does seem to be too much of a compromise, I'd rather go for the Bitfenix phenom .Quote

21-10-2013, 08:01:57

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
This just makes me want to work on a M-ATX machine for myself even more now. The others are right though, there does seem to be too much of a compromise, I'd rather go for the Bitfenix phenom .
Only the outside is different.Quote

21-10-2013, 08:16:27

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Only the outside is different.
Just a question btw, I've noticed that the Phenom (mITX) has the exact same inside, including the 5.25" bay... Except the front panel is completely clean?

http://vorming.minatica.be/ict2013/B...henomMini1.jpg

Think I'm going for an mITX Phenom in white. Maybe slap a white Prodigy windowed panel on there, cause there's no windowed Phenom available...Quote
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