bit-tech.net

BitFenix Prodigy review

Comments 26 to 42 of 42

Reply
faugusztin 6th September 2012, 15:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spreadie
Still, very nice little build.

Does that front faceplate cause much airflow restriction for the radiator?

All fans are exhaust (so it sucks in air through the passive Seasonic X-460FL) and i don't think it restricts the airflow much - there are holes all around the front cover. Plus i am pretty sure it is nothing compared to the pressure needed to push the air through the radiator.

@xbournex: just to give that link into perspective - if anyone want radiators, keep these in mind - you can fit 240mm radiator at top with no issues if you remove the 5.25" bay, but if you want a 200mm radiator at front at the same time and the top fans to be standard size, then you need to mount the radiator on the front panel and put the fan inside. If you mount the fan on the case and then the radiator, then your 200mm radiator will conflict with a standard size fan on top 240mm radiator and you will have to use thin fan, like in the link xbournex provided. If you do it like it is in my computer, then you can have full size fans at top. The holes for the front 200mm radiator had to be drilled AFAIK.
r3loaded 6th September 2012, 17:47 Quote
^^ Sweet build there. It's easy to forget how short the GTX 670's PCB really is! It normally looks bigger because of the stock heatsink.

I think my next computer shall be a mini-ITX job...
Bungletron 6th September 2012, 18:10 Quote
Honey I shrank the Mac G4.

Still looks pretty ****ing awesome tho.
Bogomip 6th September 2012, 18:47 Quote
I got this case - it is awesome. My only problem is that my Freezer 13 only just allows me to have the cd drive in a reasonable position- thats not the cases fault though :)

USB in the side panel is also not ideal!
mystvearn 6th September 2012, 18:51 Quote
From the conclusion it seems that is best wait ver2.0 of the case :)
JitsuSparty 6th September 2012, 18:58 Quote
Have this case - currently in pieces and in various states ;) you can see my case mod progress here:

So Say We All
Anfield 6th September 2012, 21:00 Quote
I think the psu compartment is just that little bit too short, what with most psus being modular these days and the connectors adding some length as well.
Jehla 6th September 2012, 21:13 Quote
Anyone know the relative heat generated by the cards used int eh different rigs (GeForce GTX 570, GeForce GTX 560 and ATI Radeon HD 5870)? It would be nice to be able to have a rough comparison between case sizes.
dillingerdan 6th September 2012, 21:54 Quote
TBF You can completely remove and rotate the HDD cages so they insert from the other side of the case, so a long GPU doesnt need to be completely hindering.

ALSO there is enough space to move the cage back a few millimetres (LITERALLY ALL IT WOULD NEED, BITFENIX!) to get 5 HDDs in AND a proper long GPU.

If v2 fixes that small mistake, and make the power button/USB assembly not come off with the side panel every time it'd be the perfect case. Or perfect mITX case at least.
Jqim 6th September 2012, 23:40 Quote
Anyone know if a 570 gainward phantom would fit?
Its like 2 and a half slot not quite tripple.

http://www.gainward.com/main/edm/GTX570_Phantom/gw_edm_GTX570_Phantom.html
dunx 7th September 2012, 10:10 Quote
I don't "hate" this case, but I have a case 40mm taller and 40mm deeper, that is ATX format, seems so large for mITX, should really have been at least uATX ?

dunx
faugusztin 7th September 2012, 10:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by dunx
I don't "hate" this case, but I have a case 40mm taller and 40mm deeper, that is ATX format, seems so large for mITX, should really have been at least uATX ?

Compared to what measurements

Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 404 x 359mm <-- this is with the handlebars and all the external parts at front and back.
Internal Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 310 x 340

In other words - the handlebars add around 9cm (or 30%) more to the height. If you forget about them, is your ATX case only 250x350x390mm big ? Don't think so. Lian Li PC-Q08 (ITX case) with a comparable feature set (that is long dual slot graphics cards, ATX PSU, possibility to use multiple 3.5" hard drives, 5.25" bay) but with no option to use watercooling is (W) 227 x (H) 272 x (D) 345mm big. Sure, Prodigy is 2cm wider (but it has much sturdier panels too), 4cm higher (but you can use pretty much any air cooler you can think about) and has pretty much same depth (-0.5cm internal, +1.5cm external suze) . It doesn't look that much bigger than other comparable ITX cases to me.

In short, most of the "big" size is due the handlebars.
GuilleAcoustic 10th September 2012, 16:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by faugusztin
Compared to what measurements

Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 404 x 359mm <-- this is with the handlebars and all the external parts at front and back.
Internal Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 310 x 340

In other words - the handlebars add around 9cm (or 30%) more to the height. If you forget about them, is your ATX case only 250x350x390mm big ? Don't think so. Lian Li PC-Q08 (ITX case) with a comparable feature set (that is long dual slot graphics cards, ATX PSU, possibility to use multiple 3.5" hard drives, 5.25" bay) but with no option to use watercooling is (W) 227 x (H) 272 x (D) 345mm big. Sure, Prodigy is 2cm wider (but it has much sturdier panels too), 4cm higher (but you can use pretty much any air cooler you can think about) and has pretty much same depth (-0.5cm internal, +1.5cm external suze) . It doesn't look that much bigger than other comparable ITX cases to me.

In short, most of the "big" size is due the handlebars.

and the Q08 can fit a sealed watercooling setup with 120mm rad, 4x 3.5mm HDD with long GPU installed, 1x optical 5.25" with 1x 2.5" HDD/SSD under it. The build quality is way higher and it doesn't cost much more.

My problem with the prodigy is that the space is so badly optimized. You have to drop the top HDD bay to fit cards longer than 18cm (which is more likely the targeted users), leaving you with only 2 HDD caddy.
faugusztin 10th September 2012, 19:03 Quote
PC-Q08 ? Well, not really.
1) There is no way to put a 120mm radiator on top, it will be literaly pulling air from the side of the PSU, so the performance will be worse than bad. Take a look at PC-Q08 with H50 and a slim! Scythe fan in PC-Q08 :
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa180/seismicshift/DSC_0173.jpg
2) There is no way to put a 120mm or 140mm radiator at front, unless you want to lose the hard drive bays.
3) build quality is pretty comparable between two, if anything then PC-Q08 and the insane 8 tiny screws per side panel is worse.

Finally again, even if you removed ALL 3.5" and 5.25" bays, you still got another 5 (yes, five) 5.25" positions to use in Prodigy. 2 on the side panel, 2 on the back of the PSU tray, one on the bottom of the case below the 3.5" bays.
Baz 10th September 2012, 19:05 Quote
I've watercooled a PC-Q08 (slim-line rad in the top, huge 140mm in the front) and the Prodigy (60mm deep dual 120 rad in roof) and the Prodigy is by far the easier to work with, more flexible and offers better airflow. Also, i dont have to remove the PSU everytime I open the side panel.

In short Prodigy > PC-Q08.
oliverr97 10th September 2012, 21:41 Quote
Well this case looks and seems great, i might go for it and make my first watercooled build in one of these :)
fix-the-spade 19th October 2012, 18:14 Quote
Is it possible to get Bitfenix parts online? I want a black front panel for my white Prodigy but it seems no such thing exists after market.

Will I have any luck emailing Bitfenix themselves?

All else fails, anyone read this with a black front panel, swaps?
Log in

You are not logged in, please login with your forum account below. If you don't already have an account please register to start contributing.



Discuss in the forums