And here’s what’s behind the side panel. A small PCB with all the cables required for the USB connectors, power/reset switches and audio connectors to work.
Despite being a mini-itx case, Bitfenix Prodigy has quite a lot of space as can be seen in the picture. Admittedly, in this shot only one hard disk slot was occupied and we did not have a separate graphics card installed. Having said this though given the fact that mini-itx cases are meant for HTPC:s and thinclients, Bitfenix is showing us that you can have a gaming rig in a mini-itx size and it is possible to have enough space for whatever you want inside the case.
Installation & Testing:
We installed following system in the Bitfenix Prodigy:
Asrock E35LM1 Motherboard
2x2TB Seagate HDD
Nexus 500W PSU
FreeNas Operating system on 8GB USB-stick
Installation of the motherboard was a smooth process. There’s enough space inside the case for you to easily tighten the four screws the mini-itx motherboard requires to be secured within the case. Our 500W Nexus PSU was a modular model, which was a bit problematic. The power supply is located in the bottom section of the case and is specified for normal size ATX power supplies. The PSU cage allows the power supplys maximum depth to be 160mm and many modular supplies exceed that. The Nexus we had was about 175mm in depth and with some force we were able to secure it within the case. However, the result isn’t pretty and I recommend you to use power supplies or 160mm or less in depth.
We installed 2 hard disks within the case. Installation of them was a smooth and toolless process. There’s space for a total of five 3.5″ hard disks in the HDD caddies, which should be more than enough for a homeserver / normal LAN machine.
The result after installing the parts within the case is quite satisfying. A small home server with enough HDD space in it. There’s enough space for a optimal airflow after installing the parts, which can be a problem with most mini-itx cases available. Also, there’s enough space for a two slot graphics card in case you’re planning to install such in your computer.
All in all the Bitfenix Prodigy is an interesting case. It offers many nice features which are rarely found in mini-itx sized cases. It has enough space for high end components, enough HDD slots for fileservers and it looks absolutely astonishing. Also, the fact that it uses normal ATX powers (despite the maximum length limitations) is definitely something high end users appreciate. The limitations with ATX powers is the only negative thing I can say about this case. If you want a nice looking HTPC case, a small fileserver case or simply a very portable LAN machine, Bitfenix Prodigy might be the one you’re looking for. It is priced at around 80€ here in Finland and supposedly goes around 80USD in the States.
+ Supports high end graphics cards
+ Enough HDD slots
+ Uses normal ATX PSU
- Problems with PSU:s with modular cables