BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Case

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BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX Case

December 6, 2013 by Lawrence Lee

BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX
Mini-ITX Case
Street Price

Most Mini-ITX cases fall in distinct categories, specially designed for one or two functions. There are incredibly small enclosures with external power supplies meant to house very basic systems for playing media and browsing the web. There are gaming boxes that support ATX power supplies, long graphics cards, and provide a decent amount of cooling. These cases are larger in size but still easy enough to carry around to LAN parties. Server cases offer plenty of hard drive bays but often not much room for anything else. The BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX belongs to the last category, the biggest of all. In the words of our BitFenix rep, "Phenom is ideal for laid back living room/storage PC." There aren't many mini-ITX cases in this last category, as most cases with more than four or five drive bays are either micro-ATX or bigger.

The box.

The Phenom Mini-ITX.

While it ships in a rather plain cardboard box, the Phenom itself is an attractive, subdued amalgam of metal and plastic. The chassis and side panels are made of thick steel and the top and front are covered by a rounded shell with a soft-touch finish. The matte surface feels almost rubbery but it's far from unpleasant and also less prone to smudging, though it might just be hidden better on the white version. The Phenom is available in both black and white, and there is a microATX version as well, though that case has a completely different layout.

For a mini-ITX case, it has a sizable footprint, though by now, everyone knows that just because it's mini-ITX doesn't mean a case is small. It's not overly tall or deep for a mini-ITX tower, but its width of 25.0 cm (almost 10 inches) makes it thicker than a lot of ATX cases. The 31 litre space is well-utilized, offering support for up to six 3.5" drives and two 2.5" drives, long graphics cards, a big intake fan, a 2 x 120 mm radiator, and a tall CPU heatsink. On paper, the Phenom looks like it's capable of housing a home server or even a small gaming rig.

The BitFenix Prodigy.

Looking through the rest of the BitFenix lineup, it's clear that the Phenom is one of three products based on the same chassis, the others being the aggressively styled Colossus, and the LAN-gaming oriented Prodigy. The latter has high cooling potential, more stylish appearance, handles for easy transport, and a low price tag of just US$80. As far as we can tell the metal chassis of these cases is identical, only the exterior differs. The Phenom has a simpler, subdued aesthetic, no external drive bay, and far less ventilation. The Prodigy has a large vent at the side for the graphics card and different schemes for a front intake depending on the version. The black iteration pulls air directly through a large grill at the front, while the white, blue, green, orange, and red versions have intake slits all along the edge of the bezel. The Phenom's solution is more restrictive than either.


Tucked inside the case is an accessory box is a bag of screws and an adapter for converting the case's USB 3.0 cable to USB 2.0 if your motherboard lacks the appropriate header. An assembly guide is also included (not pictured).

Specifications: BitFenix Phenom Mini-ITX
(from the product web page)
Materials Steel, Plastic, SofTouch™
Colors (Int/Ext) Black/Black, White/White
Dimensions (WxHxD) 250 x 330 x 374mm (30.9 litres)
Motherboard Sizes Mini-ITX
3.5” Drive Bays x 6 (5 + 1 using included adapter)
2.5” Drive Bays x 11 (5 + 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 using included adapter)
Cooling Top 120mm x 2 (optional)
Cooling Front 120mm x 2 (1 included) or 140/180/200/230mm x 1 (optional)
Cooling Rear 120mm x 1 (included) or 140mm x 1 (optional)
PCI Slots x 2
I/O USB 3.0 x 2, HD Audio
Power Supply PS2 ATX (bottom, multi direction)
Extras Tool-free drive locking mechanisms, SofTouch™ surface treatment, filtered intakes

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