Bitfenix Prodigy mini-itx case

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Published: October 28, 2012
Author: Ville Ilonen
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Bitfenix

Mini-ITX computers have become more and more popular nowadays. Today we will take a look at one of the largest mini-itx cases we’ve seen so far, it’s called Bitfenix Prodigy. It is a perfect case for a LAN-party machine or file server. Let’s see how it performs and what it can offer in homeserver use.

About Bitfenix:

Check Bitfenix’s webpages at www.bitfenix.com for information about the company.

Specifications & Features:

Materials Steel, Plastic
Colors (Int/Ext) Black/Black, White/White
Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 404 x 359mm
Internal Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 310 x 340 = 26.35 liters
Motherboard Sizes Mini-ITX
5.25″ Drive Bays x 1 (removable)
3.5″ Drive Bays x 5 (3 + 2 modular)
2.5″ Drive Bays x 9 (5 + 2 + 1 +1 )
Cooling Front 120mm x 2 (120mm x 1included) or 140/180/200/230mm x 1(optional)
Cooling Rear 120mm x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1(optional)
Cooling Top 120mm x 2 (optional)
PCI Slots x 2
I/O USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction), PSU cage depth 180mm, max PSU depth 160mm
Extras FyberFlex™ Composite handles, SofTouch™ surface treatment, filtered intakes, tool-free drive locking

The Product:

Bitfenix Prodigy mini-itx case
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Bitfenix Prodigy is a mini-itx made from black painted steel. It is sized about half of a normal midi-atx case. Because of this it therefore it isn’t the smallest mini-itx case available on market, but it has its own pros and cons.

Bitfenix Prodigy mini-itx case
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On top (as well on bottom) of the case there are two plastic handles which ease the transportation of the case. Obviously Bitfenix has had LAN gamers in its mind and I bet every gamer out there will appreciate Bitfenix’s effort to make gamers’ lives a tad easier.

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As we can see, there’s quite alot of space inside the case. The motherboard is located in the back section of the case and the front section is dominated by two (the upper one is missing in the picture) hard disk trays. Optical drive is located above the HDD trays.

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There’s space for a total of five 3.5″ hard disks in the HDD enclosures. The upper one has three removable trays while the bottom one has two. Each of the trays support both 2.5″ and 3.5″ disks. Only 3.5″ ones can be toollessly installed.

Bitfenix Prodigy mini-itx case
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Here’s the 3.5″ HDD installed in the bottom tray. Nothing fancy in it. Just plug the caddy in the tray and it’s done.

Bitfenix Prodigy mini-itx case
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The upper tray is removable (push  both upper and lower plastic levers and pull it out). There’s space for three disks.

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Hard disks (normal 3.5″) are installed toollessly in the caddies. Bend the caddy a bit, put the hard disk in the middle and make sure the metallic holders are well in place. Easy as pie.

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There’s a slot for one 2.5″ SSD/HDD below the HDD caddies. You have to remove six screws from the bottom of the case in order to remove the lower HDD caddy.

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  • Rob

    Horrible on off switch. Mine lasted 1.5 days. Now dead.