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.
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...
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, -...
Cons: - Mini-ITX Limitations (2 PCI Expansion Slots / Limited Cable Management Space), - Build Quality Could Be Better (For The 4 Handles Mostly)
BitFenix Prodigy Review: The Affordable Performable Mini-ITX
29 November 2012
Conclusion: While my experiences with the BitFenix Prodigy weren't universally positive, they were pretty close. The Prodigy is a pretty auspicious design for BitFenix; their previous cases were generally stellar, but this is a remarkably unique design.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: With performance and flexibility like this, it's difficult not to recommend the Prodigy unequivocally. It has more water-cooling support than many cases twice its size, great air cooling too in its category, and its price tag is extremely reasonable indeed.
Summary: 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.