Here's the spec:
5.25" Drive Bay:
3.5" Drive Bay:
2.5" Drive Bay:
Steel body, plastic bezel
250(W) x 404(H) x 359(D) mm
5 (3 + 2)
9 (5 are through the 3.5" drive bays)
2x USB 3.0, 1x Mic, 1x Audio, 1x Power, 1x Reset
1x 120mm Front Intake, 1x Rear Exhaust
VGA card length: 330mm, PSU depth: 160mm, CPU cooler:160mm
The left side panel features a circular punched out grill that measures 260 x 132mm providing more than enough airflow to any graphics card you choose to put in with any style cooler on. If this is not your style they also sell a windowed side panel to replace this which I definitely prefer. One thing that has left me slightly confused by the Prodigy already is the constant switch between circular and hexagonal grilling on the case which you will see further into the review. I understand that one is more aesthetic while the other is more functional but it does leave the case looking a little mismatched when you look at certain angles.
The right side panel Features your I/O with clicky rather than recessing buttons and your standard sort of package with 2 USB 3.0 ports and audio jacks. One thing to note is
To finish off the exterior sections we have the bottom of the case which shows off the power supply filter and 6 screws for connecting or disconnecting the hard drive cage so that if you want you can install radiators in the front of the case. But more on that when we get into the interior of the case. Oh an we also find holes drilled into the bottom that correspond with 2.5" mounting holes.
Quickly though before we move on to the interior I want to say that never in my experience with cases have I EVER come across side panels that feel so dense and strong as these. The metal is bent around at the ends doubling up the thickness. The prodigy side panels feel as heavy as full tower case side panels do. Exceptional.
For normal storage methodology we have five 3.5/2.5" drive bays separated into two separate cages. The top one holds three while the bottom holds two, this is to deal with expansion for longer graphics cards as the photo(Right) shows. Both of these cages are removable with the top just being held in with clips and the bottom being screwed to the bottom via six screws that we saw when
We find our tenth and final 2.5" mount on the bottom of the case right below the hard drive cages. This is the only 2.5"mount other than the ones in the cages that I would use and is quite a nice location if you chose to remove your cages and show off your fancy SSD.
The right side panel not only holds two 2.5" mounts but also the I/O panel. If you have kept up with the case reviews done at HalTechTV you will already be aware how passionate I am about the modularity of the cables and BitFenix definitely doesn't disappoint. Every cable/connector is removable, even the USB ports meaning you can easily remove those you don't want.
The motherboard tray features a vast array of cable management options and they're laid out in a nice way. While they don't feature rubber grommets or anything I actually prefer the smoother look not to mention it will make things a little easier in the still slightly cramped space. These cable management holes are seen on both sides of the motherboard tray making cabling a little easier on a non-standardised platform.
Below the motherboard tray is the power supply mount. While we see the benefits of a dust filtered grill for fan-down orientation and rubber mounts, you will be extremely limited with only 180mm of depth for both the power supply and it's cables. I would advise a semi-modular 140mm PSU for this case. Fully modular PSU's are almost a no-go.
Moving on to our final section of the review before we conclude is the cooling options. While I normally love to cover every single piece of this myself, for the overall list of possible fan options, check out BitFenix's spec list here. For the review I mostly want to focus on water cooling options as this is where it gets interesting. There is three locations to mount radiators in this case. The front, top and back.
In the front you can mount either a single 140mm or up to a 240mm radiator but to do so requires the removal of all the 5.25" and 3.5" cages. Doing so however leaves you with 160mm of depth for radiators and fans and will not interfere with your graphics card on the 120/240mm rails.
Finally you will find 120mm radiators will fit in the rear of the case also but wont fit comfortably if you have opted for even just a top fan in the rear of the case, it is possible though with some thin rads.
When the Prodigy first hit the market I was at first sceptical of the true point of a product that goes in the opposite direction of what it's internal features are designed for. This obviously being a comment on the size of the case and it being Mini-ITX. I can finally say once and for all that I have been won over. The bitfenix prodigy has been lovely to work with as everything has enough space to get in and around, something I have found troubling at times with other ITX cases, even the ones on the larger end. It features enough storage options to keep any builder satisfied and does so in a manner that can be adapted for either functionality or aesthetics. The soft touch coating is addictive to say the least and BitFenix's attention to detail on the majority of the product has been exceptional.
Although I do still hold some grudges over the size of the case as they could have truthfully saved a few millimetres here and there and shrunk the case down substantially, I have left the review having an overall positive feeling. The only true downfall to this case is the option to go for a standard ATX power supply mount and then not supply enough depth to really fit one.
IT is with this feeling that I have awarded the product a 9/10 for it's rating regardless of price. Note that this is made in comparison to other Mini-ITX cases. For it's value rating we have given the Prodigy a 8/10 making it a 17/20 rated product and a SILVER award winner from us at HalTechTV.