BitFenix unveils array of new Mini-ITX/MATX chassis

Written by Harry Butler

June 8, 2013 // 4:13 p.m.

Tags: #bitfenix #colossus-m #computex-2013 #matx #mini #mini-itx #phenom-m #prodigy-m #sff

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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