The BitFenix Prodigy has quickly become one of the best-selling cases in recent history. It has redefined what we expect from mini-ITX cases in terms of versatility and flexibility. The BitFenix Phenom takes all the great features we’ve come to love about the Prodigy and puts them in a sleeker package.
This is the case for those who love the features of the Prodigy, but were not fans of the design. The Phenom has dropped the FyberFlex handles but keeps the SofTouch coating for the top and front panel. It also adds more options by offering both a Phenom Micro-ATX and Phenom Mini-ITX version. The former is capable of housing two full-sized graphics cards in SLI or CrossFire configurations.
The Phenom Mini-ITX has the same interior design as the Prodigy so check out the Ultimate LAN Party Build for all the ins and outs. But it is the Phenom Micro-ATX with an all new interior layout that sets this case apart. With a taller stature, it has five PCI expansion slots, room for a CPU cooler up to 6.29 inches (160 mm) tall, and two graphics cards up to 13 inches (330 mm) in length. Like the Phenom Mini-ITX, the Micro-ATX version is customizable so you can change the layout to fit your needs.
Both BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX and Phenom Micro-ATX will be available on store shelves in October, but we don’t have any prices at this time. For more information on the Phenom Series check out the press release below.
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BitFenix Introduces Phenom
Elegantly crafted compact case brings beautiful flexibility
September 26, 2013 – Today, BitFenix is proud to officially announce Phenom, the newest creation from the BitFenix Design Lab. Featuring clean, uncluttered styling and tremendous build flexibility, Phenom represents the perfect marriage of advanced functionality with next-level SFF design for a case that’s sure to be an instant classic.
Engineered to be a sleek modern cube design that suits any environment, fans of clean and elegant chassis are going to feel right at home with Phenom. The mesh accents along the sides of the case perfectly complement the smooth surfaces of the SofTouch-coated top and front panels. In the center is a highly-polished BitFenix logo that contrasts the subtle matte contours perfectly, creating a design that is ideal for any modern décor. And because different systems have different requirements, Phenom comes in both mini-ITX and micro-ATX variants to meet the needs of an even larger group of users.
Phenom Mini-ITX: Superior Water Cooling and Massive Storage
Compatible with mini-ITX motherboards, Phenom Mini-ITX is a case that’s ideal for both water cooling enthusiasts and storage mavens. The top intake easily accommodates thick radiators up to 240 mm in length. The easy-to-use FlexCage™ can store up to five 3.5″ hard disks or SSDs, or removed entirely to accommodate long graphics cards up to 330 mm in length, or additional water cooling on the front panel. Along with the included 5.25″ drive adapter and additional mounts on the side panel and PSU cage, Phenom can support up to six 3.5″ hard disks, or an incredible 11 SSDs. Five fan locations and room for tower CPU coolers up to 175 mm in height make Phenom Mini-ITX ideal for air coolers. If either extreme cooling or maximum storage in minimal space is on the SFF wish list, Phenom Mini-ITX is a perfect choice.
Phenom Micro-ATX: Micro ATX Compatible and Dual Graphics Ready
With full support for micro-ATX motherboards, Phenom Micro-ATX brings with it five PCI slots for enhanced expansion capabilities. For an intense gaming rig, install dual graphics cards such as SLI or Crossfire for tremendous graphics performance. The removable hard drive rack accommodates up to two 3.5″ hard drives or three 2.5″ SSDs. The bottom panel can either be equipped with exhaust fans, or up to two additional 3.5″ hard disks. Should you opt to install hard disks on the bottom of the case, the included magnetic heat shield prevents warm exhaust from the PSU from re-entering the case, and with its uniquely micro-textured surface, looks great doing it. With a single graphics card installed, the top panel can even fit slim radiators, such as the increasingly popular all-in-one water coolers up to 240 mm in length. For air coolers, five fan locations and support for CPU coolers up to 160 mm in height ensure a frosty system. Have added expansion cards? Then the Phenom Micro-ATX is for you.