BitFenix Prodigy 11

BitFenix Prodigy Review

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A Closer Look - Inside

To gain access to the interior simply remove the pair of thumb screws holding each panel in place. As mentioned before, the entire interior is white to match the exterior of the Prodigy. An interesting feature presents itself when looking at the ride side panel. Invisible to the outside, due to some well placed screws are two 2.5 inch bays for hard drives.

The prodigy may hold up to five 3.5" hard drives, but you may remove the top cage to reduce this to two, providing additional space for long GPUs or remove everything completely. This last step makes sense if you plan to remove the 5.25 inch bay as well and place a second fan for maximum air flow in the front of the Prodigy. Out of the box, the unit ships with a single 120 mm Spectre fan in the front, but it is good to have the flexibility to go bigger. With everything removed, you should even be able to place a 240 mm radiator in the front of the chassis for a total of 480 mm in radiators if you were to fancy such a high-end system.

On top of the drive bays shown, you may place up to three 2.5 inch hard drives in the floor and on the side of the PSU bay of the Prodigy. This is reduced to two if you choose to use the 3.5 inch bays as well, making for a total of nine hard drives that may be installed in the case. This setup results in great flexibility and is certainly of interest for those who want to have a compact and portable storage server. Realistically speaking, most users will probably go for the dual-bay cage in the floor and the remaining four 2.5 inch slots for a very good total of six bays while allowing for a long GPU to be installed as well.

The motherboard area is nothing out of the ordinary, but the horizontal placement gives you plenty of clearance for large CPU coolers with a maximum height of 175 mm. Below that is the PSU bay, which is probably the part which is most restrictive in the chassis. The compartment is good for PSUs with a length of 160 mm, but considering that most power supplies are modular nowadays, you need to reduce the length accordingly. In addition, since the openings for the cables are on either edge of the compartment, you need to consider that your cables need a turning radius as well. BitFenix is already working on an extension bracket which extends the PSU bay out the back of the chassis, giving you all the length you will need. This part should arrive shortly.

All the cables within the Prodigy are black and utilize the standard connectivity. The unique aspect is the USB 3.0 cable with an attached USB 2.0 header, so you won't need an additional adapter, regardless off what type of header your motherboard has.
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