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BitFenix Prodigy Arctic White Mini-ITX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 2:14 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: BitFenix

The Build and Final Product




I had to remove the front bezel with a gentle tug and it came right off. This shows the bay cover is screwed into the bezel and the white outer skin is screwed to the black backer. There is a plate in the 5.25" bay that needs to be removed and you can use a 120mm on up to a 200mm fan in the front.




After sliding in the CVC drive I went straight to the motherboard and hard drive installation. I noticed the thumbscrews fit the risers so I used them to mount the board. As for the 2.5" drive, it fits nicely up against the steel and the connections stay out of the way.




I had to dig out the HX520 as it is the shortest PSU I have on hand and the limited room of 160-165mm of PSU space, including the wiring, this was the only solution that would fit.




The next step was to connect all of the front I/O wiring and once that was in place I installed the video card. There is even plenty of room for an average sized tower CPU cooler on the right and with the drive bays gone, the left side is now a vast cavity awaiting some sort of water cooling goodies.




That's right. The Prodigy even allowed me to fit the HIS Radeon HD 7950 with the IceQ Turbo cooler on it. It is a close fit, but I was able to get the door on even though this cooler is a bit deeper than the standard two slot design.




Closing up shop and getting ready for the testing phase, the only visible change outside is the addition of the DVD drive. I see they just got a shipment of the new Recon fan controllers, maybe they should offer those in white as well to match this chassis.




Around in the back the Prodigy fills right up. The PSU plate and it sliding in the back of the chassis is functionally fine with good clearance to get the PSU into the case. The dust shield and the video card both went right into place with no issues to speak of either.




I must have snapped about ten images to try to catch not just the illuminated power LED, but I wanted to get the blue glow of the HDD activity light just above it. Not too sure if it's a slow shutter speed or piss poor reaction time, but this is what I ended up with for the powered image of the Prodigy.

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