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Old 21-10-13, 09:42 AM
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BitFenix Prodigy M Review



"It's a Prodigy Jim, but not as we know it". Lets see what the familiar Prodigy looks like with an M-ATX motherboard squeezes inside.

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Old 21-10-13, 10:07 AM
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It's a shame that all they did was take the itx version and copy what the modders have been doing.

The case is a bit cramped for M-ATX, with the itx version you have plenty of room for decent water cooling and good airflow. You were also not restricted on the length of the GPU either.

I think Bitfenix could of put more effort in and made the case slightly bigger for the M-ATX version. Either that or just stick to the itx design but make the case wider so you can fit a M-ATX board in the way you fitted the itx one in the original Prodigy.

It's not a bad case and does the job, but I can't help thinking it could have been much better.
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Exactly. There's too much compromise for my liking.

Surprised it got a Gold Award if I'm honest, but it was still a good read
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This just makes me want to work on a M-ATX machine for myself even more now. The others are right though, there does seem to be too much of a compromise, I'd rather go for the Bitfenix phenom .
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This just makes me want to work on a M-ATX machine for myself even more now. The others are right though, there does seem to be too much of a compromise, I'd rather go for the Bitfenix phenom .
Only the outside is different.
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Only the outside is different.
Just a question btw, I've noticed that the Phenom (mITX) has the exact same inside, including the 5.25" bay... Except the front panel is completely clean?



Think I'm going for an mITX Phenom in white. Maybe slap a white Prodigy windowed panel on there, cause there's no windowed Phenom available...
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Only the outside is different.

Welp, no Phenom for me, I thought they were different but must've got mixed up with something else.
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Welp, no Phenom for me, I thought they were different but must've got mixed up with something else.
There are:

-mITX Prodigy
-mATX Prodigy
-mITX Phenom
-mATX Phenom

Both ITX cases are the same on the inside, as well as both mATX cases. I personally like the look of the Phenom more, but I'm not a fan of the mATX version of either.
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Both ITX cases are the same on the inside, as well as both mATX cases. I personally like the look of the Phenom more, but I'm not a fan of the mATX version of either.
Ah right, thanks for clearing it up . Yeah, I do think the Phenom looks fantastic as well however I am leaning towards The Elite 130 in terms of ITX as I do love a LED front fan/black case combo for some reason
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Ah right, thanks for clearing it up . Yeah, I do think the Phenom looks fantastic as well however I am leaning towards The Elite 130 in terms of ITX as I do love a LED front fan/black case combo for some reason
Haha, fair enough. I'm past the point where I liked LED fans

The Elite 130 is a good case though, very compact and can still fit some high-end gear. Cheap as well! I'm personally going with the Bitfenix case cause I think it looks better and it supports watercooling.

Either would make a nice Lanbox though!
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