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BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 12, 2014 5:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: BitFenix

BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Chassis

 

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The front of the chassis is rounded at the top and bottom, and this flat expanse of black SofTouch coating runs the entire length, only to be broken up by the BitFenix logo at the bottom, and the two feet shining under it.

 

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As did the Prodigy, the top of the Phenom Mini-ITX also offers the removable cover that requires a latch at the back to be slid before the cover can be lifted out of the way. The frame around the mesh insert also receives the SofTouch treatment.

 

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As we look at the left side of the chassis, we see there is a defined run of mesh across the top, and it continues down the front as it gets wider near the bottom where the bezel protrudes more. As for the panel, there isn't a window or ventilation, only this expanse of textured, black painted steel.

 

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As we come around to the back, we find a familiar layout. At the top we see room for 140mm fans above the rear I/O, and both are above the PSU location at the bottom. Off to the right is a pair of expansion slots. The PSU cover, the panels, and even the expansion slots and the cover, all use thumbscrews to simplify things.

 

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The right side of the chassis is nearly identical to what we saw on the left. There is more of the mesh at the top, and down the front, but this time we also have the front I/O panel running vertically near the front edge.

 

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Moving downward from the top, we find the power button, a smaller square reset button, HD audio jacks flanked on the left with the power and HDD LEDs, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

 

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Under the chassis we find wide, thin feet to afford this Phenom the best footing possible on the rubber pads. We also find a dust filter under the PSU, but if you look closely at the front you see six screws. These screws, as well as the front feet, need to be removed to pull the FlexCage completely. The feet can go back in after.

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