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BitFenix Prodigy M Micro-ATX Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Small Form Factor Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Aug 8, 2014 2:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Inside the Prodigy M




The front bezel is thin, but it is ventilated on all four sides to allow air to be drawn into the large mesh front of the chassis. Currently, the bay cover still needs to be unscrewed for removal, and we can see a break-away panel on the chassis, but that panel is also replaceable if need be.




With the black line at left denoting the bezel, that means we are looking into the right side of the Prodigy M. We can see there is a storage rack blocking most of the view, and it will need to be removed for access. We also see that the provided hardware is strapped to the storage rack.




Inside of the front of the chassis, there is a half-bay installed into the top of the case with screws. This can be completely removed for water cooling support. Below it, we again see the mesh that you will have the option of letting the PSU draw air through or not.




As we continue down the front, and reach the floor of the chassis, we find there is a removable PSU support bracket. The bracket works for both PSU orientations, leaving the choice of where the fan goes up to each user.




The motherboard tray is drilled for both Mini-ITX, and Micro-ATX; this time vertically. There is room above the tray to help support water cooling, a large hole in the tray for backplate access, and the entire left side is left open for wiring.




Below the motherboard tray, on the floor, we find one of the two 120mm fans currently set up as an exhaust, as not to draw in the exhaust from the PSU. Next to it, and under the fan, there are keyed holes to allow drives to lock in with supplied grommets and screws.




In the back of the Prodigy M, we find the second of two 120mm fans, which both are three-pin powered. Above the fan, we see the expansion slots. We can also see a cover that locks cards and covers into place, with no need for screws, aside from the one that opens and closes the sliding panel.




Behind the motherboard tray, there is just enough room for front panel wires, or possibly an eight-pin lead, but not enough to hide much of the system wiring. The real place to hide the wiring is to the right, next to the PSU, where there is a deep recess left after the PSU is in place.




Where we would usually have a shot of the wiring coming out of the chassis, with this design the wires are clipped into the back of the aside panel. Along with all of the black wiring for connectivity, there is also a plastic rack to allow for a pair of 2.5" drives to slide in under, and get screwed into place.

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