BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX Chassis Review



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Introduction


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BitFenix have had something of a winning streak when it comes to small form factor chassis, we loved their Prodigy chassis when we reviewed it last year, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be as big and popular as it has become. However, BitFenix has been slow to move forward from the Prodigy, only releasing new colour schemes for it despite demand for new features. This isn’t a bad thing of course as it has proven successful for them, but I’ve been eager to see where they would go next, especially since the modding community has already pushed the Prodigy to its limits.

Now BitFenix are releasing an mATX prodigy, but at the same time also branching off with the Phenom mITX and mATX chassis. The one we are looking at today is the mATX and while from the outset it looks to be a bolder, slightly more serious take on the ideas that inspired the Prodigy.

The mATX Phenom packs some promising specifications, with room for a fair few hard drives and plenty of cooling, so lets get right to it and take a closer look at what else this chassis has to offer.

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The chassis comes in a fairly standard looking box,  a large Bitfenix logo on one side and the spec sheet (see above) on the other.

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In the box there is an instruction booklet, a USB 3.0 to 2.0 converter, a few cable ties, two small brackets, a decent amount of black fixtures and fittings for the internal components and a motherboard stand-off screw tool.

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Finally we have a 5.25″ to 3.5″ / 2.5″ adaptor tray. Perfect for using the 5.25″ bay to cram in some extra hard drives.

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  • Skidmarks

    Lol. I’m glad it wasn’t me trying to fit all those components into that matchbox.

  • Ko zhi yi

    There is a reason why Bitfenix Prodigy/ (not the M version) was launched first before the M. It may be big and same size as the Prodigy M/Phenom M discussed here, but that version provides much superior airflow and not as cramped as the M version. If Bitfenix want to make a good Micro-ATX case they must redesign the case, and let the Prodigy and Phenom (non M) be an independent model range of the Bitfenix chassis range.