Bitfenix Prodigy Case Review
By Gabriel Torres on August 24, 2012


Introduction

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The Bitfenix Prodigy is a sleek-looking case from Bitfenix, supporting Mini-ITX motherboards and targeted to users who want to build a small yet powerful gaming computer to carry it to LAN parties. Let’s check it out.

The handles and feet of the Prodigy are rubberized and flexible, yet strong, using a material called “FyberFlex” by the manufacturer. Currently, the Prodigy is available in two colors: arctic white and midnight black. There are differences between the two models that go beyond the color. The white version has a solid front panel, while the black one has a meshed front panel. We received the white version for review.

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Figure 1: Bitfenix Prodigy case

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Figure 2: Bitfenix Prodigy case

There are two USB 3.0 ports on the right panel of the case, using an internal connector.

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Figure 3: Buttons and connectors

The left panel is meshed, as you can see in Figure 4.

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Figure 4: Left panel

The Front and Top Panels

As already explained, the front panel of the Bitfenix Prodigy is solid on the white version and meshed on the black version, and it has a rubberized finish. It comes with one 5.25” bay.

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Figure 5: Front panel

The case comes with a 120 mm fan behind the front panel, using a standard three-pin fan power connector. You can install a second 120 mm fan or a 140 mm, 180 mm, 200 mm or 230 mm fan and even a 240 mm radiator after removing the 120 mm fan.

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Figure 6: Front panel

The top panel of the Prodigy comes with an air filter and supports the installation of two 120 mm fans or a 240 mm radiator of liquid cooling solutions.

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Figure 7: Top panel

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Figure 8: Top panel

The Bottom and Rear Panels

The bottom panel has an air filter for the power supply fan, which is installed at the bottom of the case.

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Figure 9: Bottom panel

One of the highlights of this case is that it supports standard-sized ATX power supplies; you don’t need to buy a small form factor unit (CFX12V, for instance). In order to make the installation of the power supply easier, you need to remove the metallic frame where the power supply will be installed, screw the power supply to this frame, slide the power supply into the case, and then screw the frame to the case using four thumbscrews.

The rear panel is shown in Figure 9. It has two expansion slots with meshed covers. The rear panel, the interior, and the slot covers of the Bitfenix Prodigy are painted in the same color as the exterior of the case (in our case, white).

The case comes with a 120 mm fan on its rear panel, but you can replace it with a 140 mm model (or install a sealed liquid cooling solution that uses either a 120 mm or 140 mm radiator).

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Figure 10: Rear panel

Inside the Bitfenix Prodigy

The Bitfenix Prodigy is opened like a regular tower case, by removing its side panels, which are attached to the chassis using thumbscrews. Unlike tower cases, the motherboard is not installed vertically but horizontally, on a platform located above the power supply compartment.

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Figure 11: Overall look

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Figure 12: Overall look

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Figure 13: Motherboard tray

Expansion cards are fastened to the case using thumbscrews.

The case supports video cards up to 7.5” (190 mm) on its standard configuration, but if the top hard drive cage is removed, the case supports video cards up to 13” (330 mm); it supports power supplies up to 6.7” (170 mm) deep.

The Disk Drive Bays

The Bitfenix Prodigy has one external 5.25” bay, five internal 3.5”/2.5” bays in two cages, and five 2.5” bays. The 3.5”/2.5” bays have tool-less installation mechanisms with rubber rings to reduce vibration and noise for 3.5” devices.

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Figure 14: Hard drive cages

The top hard drive cage has three 3.5”/2.5” bays, while the bottom one has two. Both cages are removable, and the top one must be removed if you need to install video cards longer than 7.5” (190 mm).

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Figure 15: Top hard drive cage

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Figure 16: One of the 3.5”/2.5” bays

Besides the five 3.5”/2.5” bays, the Bitfenix Prodigy also has five separate 2.5” bays. Two of them are located on a plastic support available on the left panel (see Figure 17), two of them are available on the wall between the power supply compartment and the bottom hard drive cage (see Figure 18), and one of them is available under the bottom hard drive cage (see Figure 19).

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Figure 17: Support for two 2.5” devices

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Figure 18: Two 2.5” bays

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Figure 19: The last 2.5” bay

Main Specifications

The main specifications for the Bitfenix Prodigy case include:

Conclusions

We were extremely impressed with the Bitfenix Prodigy, as it is small, yet allows you to build a high-end PC. The overall quality is top-notch and its price couldn’t be better.

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