Summary: The Prodigy isn't for everyone. Indeed, the fact that BitFenix has dared to build such a large Mini-ITX case seems to irk some folks. Let the haters hate, though. For some applications, bigger is simply better. The Prodigy's generous size allows it to do things other Mini-ITX enclosures can't, like stack five 3.5" mechanical hard drives alongside five SSDs in a storage-centric config.
Conclusion: This week we’ve been taking a look at the very stylish Prodigy chassis from Bitfenix, which as some of you will know is causing somewhat of a storm in the mini-itx category at the moment, with stock of this item seemly in high demand where ever you look, could this be the chassis that sparks new life into the mini-itx motherboard ranges from all the major suppliers, given the already limited choices from the various manufacturers?
Conclusion: I'm not really into HTPC/mini-ITX cases and I’ve said that time and again both when talking with friends but also in quite a few of my reviews, however thanks to its design, spacious interior, room for up to 5x3.5"/2x2.5" (2x3.5"/2x2.5" if you use a long graphics card) and the quite impressive cooling potential (240mm top radiator space/230mm front fan) the BitFenix Prodigy is currently the only such PC Case I’d use when building a primary/secondary system.
Pros: - Overall Build Quality, - Design, - Size, - Spacious Interior, - Top 240mm Radiator Space, - Front 230mm Fan Space, - Two Cages With Room For 5x3.5"/2.5" Drives, - Right Panel Space For 2x2.5" Drives, - Space For Graphics Cards Up To 320mm Long, - Space For Power Supply Units Up To 160mm Long, - Space For CPU Coolers Up To 170mm Tall, - 2 USB 3.0 Ports, - Price (For Some)
Cons: - Mini-ITX Limitations (2 PCI Expansion Slots / Limited Cable Management Space), - Build Quality Could Be Better (For The 4 Handles Mostly)
Conclusion: All in all the Bitfenix Prodigy is an interesting case. It offers many nice features which are rarely found in mini-itx sized cases. It has enough space for high end components, enough HDD slots for fileservers and it looks absolutely astonishing. Also, the fact that it uses normal ATX powers (despite the maximum length limitations) is definitely something high end users appreciate. The limitations with ATX powers is the only negative thing I can say about this case.
Excerpt: Though it took a long time to gain any momentum, the Mini ITX form factor seems to be gaining popularity. This is in part due to the integration of various components such as memory controller, Northbridge, and GPU onto the CPU die. Today’s CPUs come with a decent GPU on-die that functions well if you simply need a small system that can handle basic workloads. Good looking? It’s like a fat man sat on a Apple Mac Pro!
Pros: Plenty of room for storage, Spacious interior, Easy installation, Very good construction, Good looking, Price, Modular design
Cons: Hard drive cage may have clearance issue with some video card, Power on/off and front ports are located on the side panel.
Summary: The BitFenix Prodigy Case is one of the best Small Form Factor Cases I've reviewed. It looks amazing, is jam packed with functionality and despite it's size can hold a lot of hardware. Find yourself a sweet mini-ITX motherboard and this would be the ideal case for LAN parties.
Summary: The BitFenix is one of the better ITX cases out there. It has a list of features that you will not find in many cases of this size. This has been one of the few times I was happy to receive a case and just as happy to get the chance to work on one. Yes, most of it was due to the hype the case has received from the vast users that post up on the forums. The hype the Prodigy received made it seems like it was the second coming.
Excerpt: A while back in the BitFenix Inner Circle I remember seeing renderings of this chassis design. At that time there wasn't too much being said as to the final plans, but in essence there was a more square looking Apple G5 case that was the craze to mod not too awfully long ago. Without any mention at that time to motherboard compatibility, it was really tough to grasp the reality of size from drawings of the exterior of a case.