We’ve seen firsthand how tiny motherboards can pack a serious punch, and BitFenix
appears to feel the same way. The company announced the Prodigy mini-ITX
chassis, which is designed to accommodate five HDDs or SSDs, a removable 5.52-inch drive bay, up to five 120mm fans, and with the FlexCage removed, a 240mm radiator for liquid cooling. The case is long enough to fit graphics cards up to 320mm long, and the dual PCI slots enable you to squeeze in a bigger card, too.
The motherboard tray is set to allow for taller CPU coolers, and you can use a standard ATX PSU inside. There are a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the front panel, which is a nice touch.
The Prodigy chassis has a little something going on in the looks departments, too; the front is sleek and smooth, with a brushed aluminum finish and the BitFenix logo. There are handles at the top and bottom for easy carrying, and they’re made of a flexible yet strong material called BitFenix FyberFlex™ Composite.
For $79, you can take home your own Prodigy case in either Midnight Black or Arctic White starting in early June.
BitFenix Unleashes Prodigy
The compact mini-ITX chassis that makes no compromises
BitFenix Design Lab, May 25, 2012) – Today, BitFenix is proud to launch its latest creation - Prodigy. The first mini-ITX chassis designed with enthusiasts in mind, Prodigy is set to turn the mini-ITX chassis market on its head. With support for long graphics cards, tower coolers, and even watercooling radiators, Prodigy offers unparalleled flexibility in a compact Mini-ITX form factor.
"The wave of enthusiast class mini-ITX motherboards is upon us, and with Prodigy, users finally have a case to match," says BitFenix Product Manager David Jarlestedt. "No longer will users have to choose between compact size and blazing performance. With Prodigy, mini-ITX users can finally have it all."
Prodigy – Small Case, Big Ideas
Designed by BitFenix from the ground up, Prodigy embodies everything BitFenix – robust functionality, revolutionary new materials, and timeless design. The subtle curves and clean lines on the outside speak the same BitFenix design language that has catapulted BitFenix into the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere. The chassis is suspended by two handles on the top and bottom that are crafted with BitFenix FyberFlex™ Composite – a revolutionary new material that is very flexible yet offers incredible strength. These handles, coated in our SofTouch™ Surface Treatment, are not only a convenient way to carry Prodigy, but are also an extra level of shock protection during transport. Two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports are provided on the outside for fast file transfers, while the brushed aluminum BitFenix logo on the front ties the entire design together. Available in Midnight Black or Arctic White, Prodigy is not just a PC case, but a work of art.
Sliding off the side panel reveals the Prodigy's true talents. The modular BitFenix FlexCage™ houses up to five 3.5" HDDs or 2.5" SSDs, making Prodigy an ideal candidate for a home server, HTPC or NAS. Remove the middle portion of the FlexCage, and Prodigy can accommodate long graphics cards up to 320mm in length, making it ideal for a pint-sized gaming powerhouse. Need even more power? Remove FlexCage and the ODD bay all together to make room for a thick 240mm water cooling radiator. Prodigy accommodates standard ATX power supplies, and a specially designed side SSD mounting bracket that enables users to install up to five SSDs, even with the FlexCage completely removed! Featuring multiple installation options, Prodigy is the most flexible mini-ITX chassis on the market, bar none.
Of course, no one wants to spend time wrestling with their system, which is why Prodigy comes with a bunch of DIY-friendly features. The uniquely positioned motherboard tray makes it possible to install tall CPU coolers, and filtered fan intakes keep the insides looking as good as the outside. Tool-free drive locking mechanisms make installation a breeze, while rolled-edge cable pass-throughs help protect your cables from damage.
Pricing and Availability
BitFenix Prodigy carries an MSRP of 69€ in the EU, $79 in North America, and will be available on store shelves in early June.