Any way I can think of to detract or nitpick at the Prodigy, I come up empty. There is a noise issue with my specific video card I chose because the fan rests right on the tiny holes on the left panel and causes a whistle. Had I used any standard two slot video card, this would not have happened, so I can't take that out on the Prodigy.
What I do come up with is an almost endless list of reasons as to why you should buy this pint sized chassis from BitFenix. On the basic level it is very solidly built, it offers great modularity and it's all tied up in a stunningly attractive outer aesthetic. Going to a deeper level you are given ample amounts of room inside, you can install a dual 120mm radiator in the top of this chassis as well as in the front. With the FlexCage's out of the way there is plenty of room for the pump and reservoir inside as well. With all the features and options in the Prodigy, it is making me search for a new Mini-ITX board to go ahead and try my hand at packing this chassis full of power and water cooling.
The stock cooling consisting of the pair of 120mm Spectre fans, one in the front and one in the back, it keeps the Prodigy pretty well cooled. Even with the whistle of the video card fan, the ability to draw in fresh air brought temperatures within two degrees of open air testing. With the cages out of the way, it improved the internal airflow and kept the Ion within reason of any Mini-ITX chassis I have used this build in. Besides the water cooling aspect, even if you depend on just air cooling, there is a ton of options for front fan cooling, right up to a 200mm fan and the possibility to add two 120mm fans to the roof, the well ventilated chassis can be turned into a very well ventilated chassis capable of handling the overclocks we all know we are going to apply to these "sleeper" builds inside of the BitFenix Prodigy.
To be really honest, when I saw what the Prodigy can do and just how much is offered, it is more of a surprise to me that they aren't charging more than they are for it. At the listed price of $79.99, buying the Prodigy will make you feel good about this investment every time you glance over at the case or have to work inside or maintain this chassis.
Most cases come and go through the labs at TweakTown, as I can't build systems in all of them - I would need a much bigger house. The BitFenix Prodigy is one case that took me from being excited to see it and review it for you, but once it was in my hands, I knew right away the BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX was a case that not only isn't leaving my house anytime soon, I am giddy like a kid at Christmas coming up with the list of parts to pack in it. It's just that good.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Chassis]
- Page 5 [Inside the BitFenix Prodigy]
- Page 6 [Inside the BitFenix Prodigy Continued]
- Page 7 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 8 [The Build and Finished Product]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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