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BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Chassis Review (Page 4)

Chad Sebring | Sep 12, 2014 at 12:10 am CDT - 1 min, 45 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: BitFenix

Inside the Phenom Mini-ITX

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With a solid front to the bezel, the mesh that runs down the sides hides the fact that there are only nine small holes on each side to draw air in through. On the front of the chassis, we see all the fan mounting options, as well as the breakout plate covering the ODD bay that has no external access.

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Upon removing the doors, we found where all the extra weight is; the doors are as thick as can be, and weigh three times what is expected. With the doors off, we can now look inside to see that there is a bay adapter lying on the motherboard tray, and a box of hardware slid in the HDD bays. The paperwork is shipped outside of the chassis, under the Styrofoam.

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Even without access, the 5.25" bay is still installed, and with eight screws removed, it can come out all together. Although, keep in mind that the bay adapter will turn this into a 3.5" bay that is also drilled for 2.5" drive use.

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In the FlexCage we get five trays to use for either 3.5" drives with the pins on the sides of the trays, or 2.5" drives will also install here with screws. The top and bottom section can be removed, or either one or the other can be used, and with slight modification, it can also be turned to face the other way.

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If you have plans to hang an AIO or radiator in the front of the chassis, this is the kind of thing we like to see. With just a bit of time and a screwdriver, the front of the chassis can be completely gutted to make room for whatever the need may be.

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We went ahead and just removed the top cover. This allows us easy access to the pair of 120mm fan locations, and since there is 175mm of clearance under this panel for CPU coolers, there is plenty of that left above the memory for thick radiators and push/pull fan configurations.

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Chad Sebring

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chad Sebring

After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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