Published on 9th January 2014 by
Originally Posted by toolio20OMG awesome, and just what the market needs - ANOTHER massive mATX case marketed as an m-ITX enclosure!! I mean seriously, this is brilliant - now all I need is a CM Cosmos II to house my NUC and we'll be all set...
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogI think it's a shame that there aren't any images of the case running in a darker room so we can see what the light actually looks like.
What a messy system in the image with the 570GTX on the last page. No wonder there is no window. :)
Overall I think it is another good case from BitFenix but it doesn't tick all the boxes for me still and if I had to choose any I think I would still go for the Prodigy. With all the custom panels available for the Prodigy, BitFenix should just offer for the Prodigy, a replacement top panel that is clean and smooth, along with a squared off replacement base that allows you to attach normal feet.
I also can't help but feel that the cooling could have been helped by using a much larger front intake fan. All that mesh and nothing using the space.
Originally Posted by Combatus
I still think there's room for both the Phenom and Colossus along side the Prodigy as there have been some useful refinements, but tbh, in re-engineering the side and top sections you may as well tweak the chassis while you're there and offer a new and attention-grabbing product. The replacement side panels and front sections are pretty easy to do, but as they could see easy ways to improve the case as well, it makes sense to offer a whole new product.
BitFenix is offering the case in mini-ITX and micro-ATX flavours with the internal layouts differing quite markedly.
Originally Posted by JehlaCan that optical drive bay be removed (drilling out rivets) to allow deeper radiators?
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogI also can't help but feel that the cooling could have been helped by using a much larger front intake fan. All that mesh and nothing using the space.
Originally Posted by CeiToo big, again. ITX should be as small as possible - so why insist on full size optical bays, and a frankly silly number of HDs? EVGA got it right by putting in a slimline optical, only two HD bays and the tiny PSU, whereas BitFenix seem to be stuck at mATX size and pretending it is ITX.
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogThat is your opinion and is obviously NOT the opinion of everyone but once again the BitFenix Prodigy offers options that your compact Mini-ITX cases not only don't but can't offer. It may be silly for you but personally I do NEED more than 2 HDDs and an optical drive, although I don't care if it is full size or a discrete slimeline model.
Originally Posted by AlienwareAndyIf I were to go ITX I would have a 7990, six hard drives and god knows what else to go in it.
Why do you continually assume that people want tiny little cases when it's been shown that the Prodigy is a best seller?
Originally Posted by jrs77Why not build a µATX or ATX-based system then, if you need all these components? The µATX-boards are way better than any of the mITX-offerings.
Originally Posted by jrs77
Why not build a µATX or ATX-based system then, if you need all these components? The µATX-boards are way better than any of the mITX-offerings.
Originally Posted by jrs77µATX-boards have usually more room for a bigger cooler, more DIMM-slots, heatsinks on the VRMs, etc, etc... It's not necessarily about the PCIe-slots.
And for the small µATX-cases... Silverstone Sugo SG03, TJ08e are not any bigger basically than the Colossus or the Prodigy.
And yes. The Prodigy sells like hot cakes, because it's size allows for a fully watercooled and OCed mITX-system, but I just don't see mITX as a platform for these kinds of setups.
mITX was first and foremost introduced to build small workstations or HTPCs that don't need alot of power, and if we look away from tech-forums like this then this might become more apparent to some people.
Yes, maybe I'm on the wrong forum then, but the gamers and enthusiasts only make up for some mere 5-10% of the market and they tend to forget about the vast majority outthere.
Originally Posted by SchizoFrogSo in conclusion I believe I can do everything with a Mini-ITX system built in a smaller Prodigy case that you can do in a much larger case with a mATX system except for expansion slots for hardware that I don't need or want. However, I can also house masses of storage, have an aesthetically pleasing system that can be viewed from the outside and have customisation and modding possibilities that just aren't available with your tiny Mini-ITX cases.
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