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BitFenix unveils array of new Mini-ITX/MATX chassis

BitFenix unveils array of new Mini-ITX/MATX chassis

The Colossus M pairs the Prodigy chassis with custom wrap-around lighting and an M-ATX interior.

BitFenix announces a raft of new small form factor cases, with the Colossus M, Phemom M and Prodigy M, as well as two as-yet un-named cases on display at Computex 2013.

BitFenix already has a strong position in the Mini-ITX market, with its acclaimed Mini-ITX Prodigy chassis continuing to win favour thanks to its great capabilities and low-price. There’s clearly been no laurel resting at BitFenix though, as it chose to launch three new small-form-factor cases, and preview a pair of as-yet un-named models at Computex 2013.

First up is a new variant on the existing Prodigy chassis, Prodigy M. The M changes the interior into an inverted M-ATX layout, placing the PSU mount in the floor of the case and moving a 3.5in and 2.5in drive bay behind the motherboard, all without changing the Prodigy’s already compact exterior dimensions. The divisive wobbly case feet do remain, but the addition of a 240mm fan in the base and mounts for 2 x 120mm fans in the roof and front of the case mean that the Prodigy M will be just as, if not more, capable as its fore-bear when it comes to cooling.

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The Prodigy M offers an inverted M-ATX design, but retains the same Prodigy dimensions

Also on display was the Colossus M – the mini-ITX successor to BitFenix’s very first case, the Colossus. Built on the same chassis as the Prodigy and with the same interior layout as the Prodigy M, the Colossus M adds a drive-bay-free front fascia and wrap-around LED lighting that can be switched between red, blue and green. The Phenom M, with more discreet looks courtesy of its soft-touch plastic fascia and curved lines, uses the same interior too.

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The sleek Phemom M and this mini-ITX prototype are both based on the original Prodigy chassis

Finally, BitFenix also showed off a pair of early prototype cases. The first, using a slanted M-ATX design, makes heavy use of BitFenix’s favoured soft-touch matt finish and its smooth lines means it’s a real looker, but inside the layout is rather fairly standard stuff. The other prototype is a Mini-ITX twist on the Prodigy, replacing the plastic handles and feet with a more smooth and stylish (not to mention stable) alternative.

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We love the look of this M-ATX prototype, with its angled M-ATX layout and soft-touch finish

Excited by BitFenix’s new designs? Or do you feel that they don’t exactly emphasise the ‘small’ bit of small-form factor? Let us know in the comments.

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sub routine 8th June 2013, 17:39 Quote
That mini ITX prototype, middle right photo. Does it do toast too?
Baz 8th June 2013, 17:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by sub routine
That mini ITX prototype, middle right photo. Does it do toast too?

Fan control dial doubles as a browning control. Power button toggles for frozen bread.
Dave Lister 8th June 2013, 20:32 Quote
I was quiet excited to see the prodigy m but I don't see it working with both a cpu aircooler and a graphics card !
vdbswong 8th June 2013, 21:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
I was quiet excited to see the prodigy m but I don't see it working with both a cpu aircooler and a graphics card !

Why not? It's just an inverted MB.
Dave Lister 8th June 2013, 23:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by vdbswong
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
I was quiet excited to see the prodigy m but I don't see it working with both a cpu aircooler and a graphics card !

Why not? It's just an inverted MB.

Well looking at the case layout the 240mm fan in the floor blows up to the cpu cooler which i guess should be pointed towards the roof of the case, the problem would be the gpu would be sitting between the case roof and the cpu cooler. Thats just what i can tell from the piccy's anyway, however i've not built any systems with inverted motherboards or anything so maybe i'm missing something.
fluxtatic 9th June 2013, 01:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
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Originally Posted by vdbswong
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
I was quiet excited to see the prodigy m but I don't see it working with both a cpu aircooler and a graphics card !

Why not? It's just an inverted MB.

Well looking at the case layout the 240mm fan in the floor blows up to the cpu cooler which i guess should be pointed towards the roof of the case, the problem would be the gpu would be sitting between the case roof and the cpu cooler. Thats just what i can tell from the piccy's anyway, however i've not built any systems with inverted motherboards or anything so maybe i'm missing something.

I first looked at this wrong - I thought the RAM slots were PCIe (guess I need new glasses) - yeah, that seems a bad design, as that floor intake air and presumably the CPU exhaust will blow straight at the GPU, with a small gap above between the GPU and roof exhaust. A 90-degree rotation seems the smarter design.
Aracos 9th June 2013, 10:46 Quote
I see no dust filters, no way am I ever buying another case without dust filters!
vdbswong 9th June 2013, 11:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
Well looking at the case layout the 240mm fan in the floor blows up to the cpu cooler which i guess should be pointed towards the roof of the case, the problem would be the gpu would be sitting between the case roof and the cpu cooler. Thats just what i can tell from the piccy's anyway, however i've not built any systems with inverted motherboards or anything so maybe i'm missing something.

Ah, gotcha, i thought it was more a physical issue than a conceptual issue.

I see what you mean now though and agree.
.//TuNdRa 9th June 2013, 14:03 Quote
On the other hand; Inverted layouts should, in theory, provide better cooling power for most GPUs, since heatpipes and Vapour chambers don't like to be flipped upside down.

I do agree that fan is in a pretty horrible location, though. Unless a fairly hefty 120/140 is added as exhaust to turn the airflow away from the back of the GPU; it'd definitely cook the back of the card.
Xir 9th June 2013, 15:27 Quote
The inverted layout would place the graphics cards fans right next to the roof opening.
Cool but potentially loud.
The huge Fan on the underside would befit the original prodigy as well though.
dipzy 9th June 2013, 18:28 Quote
Been waiting so long for a m-atx prodigy, now i needs one in orange :)
Si_the-dude 9th June 2013, 19:17 Quote
That last M-ATX chassis is SEXY :O
sub routine 10th June 2013, 11:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
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Originally Posted by sub routine
That mini ITX prototype, middle right photo. Does it do toast too?

Fan control dial doubles as a browning control. Power button toggles for frozen bread.

ace, all it needs is a muffin rack and i`m sold. hmmmm toast.
Amjedm 11th June 2013, 16:18 Quote
I wanted an M-ATX Prodigy with identical layout to the Mini ITX layout :(
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