The Prodigy is the first mini-ITX chassis Bitfenix has released, and right-away it's an attempt to offer something different than what's already out there. Bitfenix tried a different approach to the mini-ITX form factor, something we can only applaud in an otherwise conservative market. We also like the many different possibilities you get with the Prodigy, we can think of many different applications. The Bitfenix Prodigy has excellent build quality, lots of upgrade possibilities, many configuration options and a very reasonable price. See all PC components reviews and components buying advice.
Mini-ITX has been around for a while as form factor for compact computers, but a more recent development is the arrival of compatible motherboards that are as powerful as their larger compatriots. That evolution has made the market for mini-ITX chassis more interesting, but a high-end system has different requirements than a compact HTPC. Bitfenix has created its own interpretation of the mini-ITX phenomenon in the form of the Prodigy. This chassis is a bit different in several ways, and Hardware.Info tested it to find out whether it's a good option for a compact, portable yet powerful gaming system. Visit Upgrade Advisor.
The Prodigy is the first mini-ITX chassis Bitfenix has released, and right-away it's an attempt to offer something different than what's already out there. Typical mini-ITX chassis are flat and very compact cases for HTPC and client-like uses, mini-desktops with just enough space for a normal hard drive and slimline optical drive, or cubes with more internal space for larger coolers and power supplies.
The Prodigy falls into the last category, and you can even compare it to micro-ATX models because it's not small. It measures 25 x 36 x 40 cm and has a volume of about 36 litres. It's not very light either, weighing in empty at around 7 kg. It's heavier even than the full-size ATX Sharkoon T28.
The Bitfenix Prodigy has excellent build quality, lots of upgrade possibilities, many configuration options and a very reasonable price. You can use this relatively compact chassis in a number of different ways. To find out how exactly, read the full review on Hardware.Info.