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BitFenix Prodigy M mATX Case Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: BitFenix Co. Ltd.
Product Name: Prodigy M
Model Number: BFC-PRM-300-KKXSK-RP
UPC: 886027003190
Price As Tested: $99.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by BitFenix.

In 2012, BitFenix unleashed their Prodigy upon the world.  An unusual case at the time, I believe it single-handedly jumpstarted the high-performance ITX category.  In my opinion it was part of the reason we now see motherboards such as Asus’ P8Z77-I / Z87I Deluxe and Maximus VI Impact.  Previously constrained by small cases and under-powered chipsets, the Prodigy allowed enough room for watercooling and an unprecedented amount of airflow for an ITX enclosure.  However, again in my opinion, it was just too big.  ITX is about cramming as much performance into as little space as possible, and the Prodigy was large enough to fit a micro ATX motherboard….

After seeing numerous modders do just that (and the customer feedback that was clamoring for such a case), BitFenix has responded with the Prodigy M.  Using the frame of the original Prodigy, they reworked the internals to accommodate a micro ATX motherboard and all of the enthusiast configurations that go along with it.  Even with its proven performance in ITX trim, can the Prodigy chassis keep up with mATX components?  BitFenix sent their Midnight Black Prodigy M, model number BFC-PRM-300-KKXSK-RP to Benchmark Reviews so we could have a look.

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BitFenix Prodigy M Specifications

Materials Steel, Plastic
Colors (Int/Ext) Black/Black, White/White
Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 404 x 359mm
Motherboard Sizes Micro ATX, Mini-ITX
5.25” Drive Bays x 1 (removable)
3.5” Drive Bays x 4 (2 + 2)
2.5” Drive Bays x 5 (3 + 2)
Cooling Top 120mm x 2 (optional)
Cooling Bottom 120mm x 2 (1 included) or 200mm x 1(optional) or 230mm x 1 (optional)
Cooling Rear 120mm x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1 (optional)
PCI Slots x 5
I/O USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)
Extras FyberFlex™ Composite handles, SofTouch™ surface treatment, heat shield


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1 comment

  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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