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BitFenix Prodigy M mATX Case Review

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Prodigy M Detailed Features

Opening the (hinged!) panels gives us a better picture of how hardware is supposed to fit in the Prodigy M.

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Above is a picture of the “front” side, if you consider the “front” to be facing the motherboard.  From here the general layout becomes a little more apparent – the PSU mounts to the front face of the Prodigy M, with the cables sticking up.  A 5.25 bay resides up top, but placing an optical drive here will most likely intrude on either fans, radiators or GPUs as they all would occupy the same space.

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The “back” is a little less interesting.  The CPU cooler cutout is huge, and will allow installation of aftermarket coolers without removing the motherboard.  Other than that, you’ll notice there isn’t a terrible amount of room here for stashing cables – most of those will have to be tied down next to the PSU.

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One of the panels contains room for two 2.5″ drives and the wiring for the I/O cluster.  To make wiring easier, you may want to swap this panel to be behind the motherboard.  The cables are a little long for such a small enclosure, but I suppose that’s better than too short – at least the length allows you to route cables behind or around components and fans.

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There’s a design engraved into the heat shield that is mostly cosmetic and helps offset some fingerprints, but as the shield stays underneath the Prodigy M (or is removed entirely) you may not even notice it.  It’s nice to see even a small detail like this though, as they could have easily just used an unfinished slab of plastic and called it a day.

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Drives are mounted using a rubber grommet and a screw, as pictured above.  While not as tool-less as the ITX Prodigy, this is still a relatively quick and easy method of mounting hard drives – they just snap into place once the grommets are installed.

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2.5″ drives are also pretty easily installed – and in the case of SSDs, they can be stashed anywhere there is room.  In stock trim the Prodigy M has room for five 2.5″ drives: three on this bracket and two on the side panel.   There’s a better picture of how drives mount on this bracket in the next section, so let’s begin placing some hardware in the Prodigy M.


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  1. David Ramsey

    My favorite mATX case: Corsair 350D. In any mini-ITX or micro-ATX case, power cables are always going to be an issue. I’ve settled on Silverstone Strider modular power supplies, because Silverstone offers an inexpensive “short cable kit” (part number PP-05) that makes working in these cases a lot easier. They even have a modular SFX power supply that’s really nice for mITX builds.

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