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BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ITX Chassis Review

Today we are going to test the BitFenix Prodigy with our MSI E350IS-E45 which uses the AMD E-350 (Zacate) APU.  While this isn’t the fastest and greatest Mini-ITX configuration, it is a more likely set-up for those of you who are going to be using this case as a HTPC or Media Server.

We will be using the BitFenix Prodigy in its default set-up with just 2x 120mm fans, and then we upgraded to 2x 140mm Phanteks fans. We know these will provide a greater airflow while emitting less noise. Unfortunately this motherboard only has CPU Core temps and the HDD temps available to us.

Room ambient temperatures were maintained at a steady 18c throughout testing and the coolers were all set to their maximum fan speed.

System Specs:

Processor: AMD E-350 Zacate
Motherboard
: MSI E350IS-E45 (stock cooler installed)
Memory
: 4GB Corsair DDR3 1333MHz
Graphics
: On board
Power Supply: Akasa Venom Power 750W
Boot Drive: OCZ Vertex I 60GB SSD (OS only)

OS: Windows 7 Home Edition 64bit

Digital Sound Level Noise Decibel Meter Style 2

The airflow system of this case is much like any larger chassis with intakes at the front, and exhaust at the top and rear.

This shows that even with the CPU temperature increasing quite significantly, the HDD temperature was hardly affected. The case does manage to get the hot air out of the case, even with such diminutive dimensions.

By adding the 140mm fans it didn’t really effect the processor temperatures much at all, due to the heatsink design of the motherboard – it sits below the height of the memory so airflow from the case fans doesn’t pass over the CPU heatsink.

That said, it is clear that the hard drive temps were significantly better so you can still see the cooling potential of this case. With a large 230mm fitted at the front of the case the temperatures would be very low for a tiny noise output.

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